Wednesday, July 23rdAmericana 1:00-7:00 pmCommon Room 6:30 pm
Thursday, July 24thAmericana 1:00-7:00 pm
Friday, July 25thAmericana 1:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, July 26thGallery closed today

Common Room
All tours begin outside the main entrance to The Soap Factory on 2nd St SE // Exhibition Runs: Jul 23 - Aug 6, 2014

A summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in it's seventh season

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Common Room began as a month-long series of interactive art events, out of a refurbished art deco office at The Soap Factory. Since 2011, Vucci and Sturdevant have taken the Common Room concept outside the four walls of The Soap Factory and into the city, activating public spaces and redefining our relationship with our surroundings.

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2014 Common Room Tours

Wednesday, July 23 at 6:30 pm // The Fishing Tour

Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 pm // The Weather Tour

Saturday, August 2 at 2:30 am (Sat night-Sun morning) // The Overnight Tour

Wednesday, August 6, at 6:30 pm // The Trespass Tour

Wednesday, July 23 at 6:30 pm

Walk down any pier in Minneapolis, from the banks of the Mississippi River to any of the city lakes, and you'll see the young and old alike with a plastic bucket filled with fathead minnows and a fishing pole, trying their luck at landing a walleye. On this bus tour, we'll meet some of the fishermen and -women themselves, along with park rangers, naturalists, chefs, fishing enthusiasts and others, as well as visiting bait shops, seafood restaurants, national park sites, and of course a few of the city's best fishin' holes. A partnership with the River City Revue, Works Progress, the Mississippi River Fund, and the National Park Service. Don't forget to bring your fishing pole!
Transportation: historic bus
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Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 pm

Fish in the Parking Lot & Other Stories from the Stormy History of the Twin Cities

Kenneth A. Blumenfeld, Ph.D., Hazardous Weather Research Specialist for Hennepin County Emergency Management, will lead a tour of former sites of some of the city's most notable and damaging weather events, with descriptions of what happened, when, and how what we now see has been shaped by something long forgotten.
Transportation: historic bus
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Saturday, August 2 at 2:30 am (Saturday night through Sunday morning)
When the bartenders announce last call in downtown Minneapolis on a Saturday night, there's countless others who are just beginning their work days. On this first-ever early morning Common Room tour, we'll walk from the Soap Factory across the 3rd Avenue Bridge and through the heart of downtown, visiting hospitals, bakeries, cab companies, afterparties, hotels, corporate security desks, police stations and restaurants, and meeting some of the people that work the overnight shift. Tour starts at 2:30 am and will conclude around 5:00 am.
Transportation: walking
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Wednesday, August 6 at 6:30 pm

In this tour, we will be engaging in a conversation about the array of boundaries, both explicit and implicit, that exists in our lives, exploring its meaning and tension that arises when we cross those boundaries, whether unintended, by invitation, or with trickster-ish intention. Join us in the conversation as explore these boundaries and trespasses. Poet Dan Beachy-Quick and artist Mai Wagner will co-lead this tour with Andy and Sergio.
Transportation: historic bus
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