Art-A-Whirl 2014: The highlights

JAHNA PELOQUIN | Updated 5/15/2014

Highlights of this weekend’s Art-A-Whirl blowout in Northeast.

Jaime Carrera and Caitlin Karolczak return
Jaime Carrera; Kyndell Harkness

Art-A-Whirl has grown exponentially in recent years — and with that, its reputation for being more about the party than the art. But for many northeast Minneapolis artists, studios and galleries, the annual art crawl is still a great way to get people seeing art. Here are our top picks for art events happening Friday through Sunday around this year’s Whirl. As for the “party” side of Art-A-Whirl, see music highlights on page 10.



Studio A: ‘Fresh Constellation’

This eclectic group show features four artists — Tessa Binder, Alex Kuno, Kate Iverson and Matthew Gorrie — ranging from abstract explorations to gestural portraiture to whimsical illustration in a variety of media and styles. (607 Studios, 607 22nd Av. NE., Studio A, Mpls.)


Icebox Gallery: ‘Toby Old: American Moments’

The voyeuristic work of New York-based, Minnesota-born photographer Toby Old is featured in this 30-year retrospective. (Free reception 8-11 p.m. Sat. Open noon-8 p.m. Sat. & noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 6. Northrup King Building, 1500 NE. Jackson St., #443, Mpls. 612-788-1790.


Public Functionary: ‘40 Years of the MayDay Parade’

Public Functionary celebrates the history and culture of Minneapolis’ annual MayDay parade and festival with an immersive installation of handmade masks and oversized puppets, plus a retrospective art and photo exhibit culled from the parade’s archives. Wandering puppets, storytelling, live music and DJ sets from Sarah White add to the fun. (1400 12th Av. NE.


Rogue Buddha: ‘Nicholas Harper Paintings’

For Art-A-Whirl, Rogue Buddha turns its focus to the work of its owner, Nicholas Harper. The show will feature new and past works by the surrealist painter, with additional works by Venus DeMars, Jon Langford, Rudy Fig, Luke Hillestad and Michael Thomsen. (357 13th Av. NE., Mpls.


Fox Tax: ‘The Masses’

The Gallery at Fox Tax presents a group exhibition that cleverly riffs on the idea of huge crowds of people. Guest curator Nathaniel Smith features new work by Erik Baden, Andy Ducett, Ric Stultz, Michael Joseph Winslow, Noah Harmon and Nick Howard. (Reception 5-9 p.m. Fri. Ends June 20. 503 1st Av. NE.


‘Scott Seekins Is Ubiquitous’

Local art icon Scott Seekins brings his “walking art gallery,” aptly named “Ubiquitous,” to more than 10 northeast Minneapolis locations. Seekins will travel with his book of art prints to locations where his art is on display, including the Grain Belt buildings (77 & 79 13th Av. NE.), Northrup King Building (1500 NE. Jackson St.), California Building (2205 NE. California St.) and Heart Salon (1310 NE. 2nd St.)


Rosalux Gallery

The respected artist cooperative presents a group show of its member artists geared as an introduction for the first-time visitor. Limited-edition prints and reproductions for sale. Artists include Terrence Payne, Shawn McNulty, John Diebel, Tara Costello and Nick Howard. (1400 NE. Van Buren St. Ends May 26.



Creative video agency Vidtiger gives live music an arty twist with its stylized installation space of large projection screens and depth cameras that are triggered by the motions of the musicians. Saturday’s lineup includes hip -op duo Up Rock, Ryan Olcott’s new solo project C.Kostra and experimental post-rockers Bronto, with new Pixies cover band Trompe le Monde on Sunday. (9 p.m. Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. Free. 711 15th Av. NE., Mpls. 612-810-8257.