'Minnesota Funk'

Updated 12/20/2012

Thursday: The U of M's Regis Center explores the "funkier" side of local culture.

An image from U art professor Chris Larson's 2011 video "Heavy Rotation," part of "Minnesota Funk."

THURSDAY

'Minnesota Funk'

The University of Minnesota's Regis Center for Art kicks off its 10th-anniversary year with an exhibition exploring the "funkier" side of local culture. The group show will include an installation of video and sculpture by newly appointed faculty member and nationally recognized artist Chris Larson, plus work by iconic Minneapolis painter Frank Gaard and printmaker professor Jenny Schmid. Work ranges from painting, drawings and sculpture to home furnishings and even a motor scooter. (Free opening reception 6-8 p.m. Thu. Through Jan. 12. Katherine E. Nash Gallery at Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Av. S., Mpls. art.umn.edu/nash.) JAHNA PELOQUIN

FRIDAY

'We Have All the Time in the World'

St. Paul artists Alex Kuno and Cheryl Wilgren Clyne have frequently been paired together for shows -- both insert a creepy, unsettling vibe into storybook-esque paintings. Their latest joint effort, "We Have All the Time in the World," appears to reference the Mayan prediction that the world will end Dec. 21 using end-times imagery. Kuno's latest pieces depart slightly from previous work, trading in his cast of disturbed children for quietly chilling images of ships crashing into icebergs and M.C. Escher-like structures that suggest a post-apocalyptic world, free of humankind. (Free opening reception 6-9 p.m. Fri. Air Sweet Air Gallery, 262 E. 4th St., No. 203, St. Paul. www.airsweetair.org.) J.P.

'Art Formally Known as Prints'

Who could resist the playful pun in this show's title? Twenty-nine local printmakers will show and sell their latest creations, all executed at Highpoint's state-of-the-art facility. They've produced hundreds of pieces in recent months, 50 of which were chosen for this show of lithographs, relief, intaglio and screen prints. Styles range from Brian Hartley Sago's poetic riffs on European and Middle Eastern history to the colorful abstractions of Josh Bindewald, minimalist landscapes by Pamela Carberry and Mike Elko's comic encounters with contemporary life. Savvy holiday shoppers will appreciate the 20-percent-off sale opening night. (Free opening reception 6:30-9 p.m. Fri. Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Mpls. Ends Jan. 26. 612-871-1326 or www.highpointprintmaking.org.) MARY ABBE

'Girls: Fact + Fiction'

Iconic females, fictional and real, are at the center of the latest show at the upstart Light Grey Art Lab. The gallery will be split down the middle with work by more than 100 artists -- one half highlighting real-life contemporary and historical women (Édith Piaf, Frida Khalo, Joan of Arc), the other spotlighting favorite female characters from literature and pop culture (Dana Scully, Barbarella, Jessica Rabbit). Just in time for holiday shopping, the show has been immortalized in an 80-page book that will be available during the opening and online at lightgreyartlabshop.bigcartel.com for $25. (Free opening reception 7-10 p.m. Fri. Through Jan. 4. Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Mpls. lightgreyartlab.com.) J.P.