Exhibitions & Events

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  • Aaron Dysart: Surface

    Aaron Dysart: Surface Somehow both expansive and dense, the lock at the Upper St. Anthony Falls is of course outside, but feels somehow interior, almost internal.  Its’ tall walls and liquid floor struggle to even define much less confine this dense space.  With the lower gates permanently open, its’ imposing presence is constantly visible from […]

    Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Sister Black Press:Poetry of Resistance & Change

      Poetry of Resistance & Change Monica Edwards Larson / Sister Black (Bike) Press’s project “Poetry of Resistance & Change” consists of two parts; a temporary installation of letterpress printed poetry cards, and a Poetry reading and DIY printing event, using the mobile bicycle press, at the Soap Factory. The installation will consist of hundreds of […]

    Sep 16, 2017 - Oct 9, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still?

    Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still? Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still?, a project by artist Maria Cameron, aims to transform public spaces in Rochester, MN into spaces of contemplation, self-reflection, and conversation. By installing a series of large-scale thought bubbles on buildings, and in community spaces that are considered works in progress, this project highlights the […]

    Jul 24, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • The Wall

    The Wall In the wake of an election that has left us facing such xenophobic rhetoric as “Build the Wall” and establishing a “Muslim Ban,” many activists have said that we must build bridges in order to make human connections and provide people with sanctuary, not walls. As Palestinian Americans witnessing the destruction of communities […]

    Aug 5, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Destroy// Minneapolis

    LEYYA MONA TAWIL: DESTROY// MINNEAPOLIS Destroy//    A new ritual for new times. Leyya Tawil builds the work on location in one day with local artists. In performance, the dance destroys itself. In collaboration with local dancers and musicians, dance artist and composer, Leyya Mona Tawil, will bring her day long performance, ‘Destroy// All Places’, […]

    Aug 26, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Rethinking Public Spaces: Juxtaposition Arts

    Rethinking Public Spaces: Juxtaposition Arts This summer Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) will build on the momentum they’ve created over the last 3 years around the celebration of Black August by combining the respective placemaking and art-based engagement skill sets of JXTA’s Public Arts, Tactical, and Environmental Design studios; using these skills to bring 2017 Black August […]

    Jul 29, 2017 - Sep 29, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Common Room: The Neighborhood Mixtape Tour

    The Neighborhood Mixtape Tour The Neighborhood Mixtape Tour takes the concept of the classic mixtape, which channels feelings and ideas through curated musical playlists, and applies this mode of communication to paint an audio-portrait of Minneapolis neighborhoods’ character and characteristics. This bus tour invites you to experience a series neighborhoods interpreted by residents through playlists […]

    Aug 30, 2017 - Aug 30, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Common Room: The Island Tour

    The Island Tour The landscape of Minneapolis is home to many islands, both literal and metaphoric. On a walking tour — which will make an additional excursion onto open water — Common Room will explore some of these islands, and otherwise hear how the idea of an island is shaped by its surroundings. From the […]

    Aug 23, 2017 - Aug 23, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Common Room: The Sacred Space Tour

    The Sacred Space Tour The Sacred Space Tour explores our relation to the idea of the sacred in our daily lives—both concrete and symbolic. This bus tour will stop at various locations, looking at public, intrapersonal, and internal sacred spaces, investigating how they operate, and their impacts on us and our city. What is sacredness? […]

    Aug 16, 2017 - Aug 16, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Common Room: The Mediatheque Tour

    The Mediatheque Tour Utilizing the collection of the Walker Art Center’s Mediatheque library of over 100 titles, Common Room will offer a progressive mobile screening across the Twin Cities. Various sites across town, both private and public, will be paired with short films selected with the assistance of Ruth Hodgins, the Walker’s Bentson Archivist and […]

    Sep 6, 2017 - Sep 6, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Common Room: The Silent Tour

    The Silent Tour In an increasingly frenetic world, Common Room carves out an island of quietude with this walking tour. The Silent Tour explores our relation to each other and our surroundings without words—how does this change our experience of our world, how challenging is it to be silent, can we even not communicate? Taking […]

    Aug 2, 2017 - Aug 2, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Laura Brown: COMING SOON!

    Laura Brown: COMING SOON! The Soap Factory presents COMING SOON!, an outdoor installation by artist, Laura Brown. Brown will install screen printed faux construction signs around the perimeter of the Soap Factory during the upcoming building renovation. The shapes and placement of each print will allude to common safety signs found in construction zones. In this way […]

    Jul 1, 2017 - Aug 23, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • XYZ: MUSIC VIDEO GALLERY SHOW

      Presented by The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, 2017 Minnesota Music Summit (April 20-22), and the Soap Factory Head to The Soap Factory for a music video experience, featuring a curated selection of some of the best national, international and Minnesota Made videos, projected on surfaces throughout the gallery space. Featuring live performances by […]

    Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 21, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Here Comes Jesus: A Video Series by Joshua McGarvey

    The Soap Factory Presents: Here Comes Jesus: A Video Series by Joshua McGarvey. The artist will be releasing the video series overtime on the Soap Factory’s blog leading up to a final video to be screened in the Soap Factory’s lower level on April 15th. Jesus is a crinkled mirror. Jesus is Play-Doh. Jesus invented […]

    Apr 15, 2017 - Apr 15, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Kultivera + The Soap Factory Residency Exchange Open Call

    The Residency exchange is a 1-2 month placement program, providing emerging and mid-career Minnesota artists support to research, produce, exhibit new works, and explore the artistic, social and cultural context offered by a host city. Upon their return, residency artists will share their experiences and any new work through an artist talk and studio visit […]

    May 3, 2017 - May 3, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Residency Exchange Informational Sessions

    Minnesota based Artists interested in applying for the Minnesota + Sweden residency exchange are invited to attend one of three informational Sessions. Twin Cities – April 25th at 6:00PM at The Soap Factory 514 2nd St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414 RSVP HERE Rochester – April 26th at 6:00PM at Rochester Art Center Lower Level Green Room […]

    Apr 25, 2017 - Apr 27, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Create & Advocate: Community Postcard Project

        Join local artist and writer, Camille Erickson in a public art project for Arts Advocacy Day! Your role is simple. Pick up a screen printed postcard that states, “I need art in my community because…” and respond through words or drawings on the back. These will then be hand delivered to your Senator […]

    Feb 9, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Healing Craft Night @ The Soap Factory

      Healing Craft Night No matter your cultural background, religion, political viewpoint, age, race, gender, class, or size, you are human first. And while the preceding categories may separate us, craft is an act that unites us. People across the spectrum make work by hand. Craft not only unites us, it heals us, too – […]

    Feb 7, 2017 - Feb 7, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • ATOMIC PRIESTS LIVE

    How do you communicate a message 10,000 years into the future? Theatre ensemble 600 Whale take audiences on a journey through deep time to a radioactive enclave with their upcoming work, “Atomic Priests Live!” Join the Priests in the Soap Factory basement Thursday, February 2nd at 9:00PM Friday, February 3rd at 9:00PM Saturday, February 4th at 9:00PM Thursday, February 9th at 9:00PM […]

    Feb 2, 2017 - Feb 11, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Talking Image Connection Presents: Writers Resist

      Please join us at the Soap Factory for one of many Writers Resist: Voices United events that will be held throughout the Twin Cities and the country on Sunday, January 15. This series was developed in partnership with PEN America, and will serve as a fundraiser for the ACLU. Our goal is to unite […]

    Jan 15, 2017 - Jan 15, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • BLEED&BURN, Catalytic Flag Making

    BLEED&BURN, Catalytic Flag Making   Organized by Alexa Horochowski and Crystal Quinn Exhibition runs from January 14th through February 12th in gallery 4 Opening reception is January 14th from 7-11pm Readings by poet Paul Dickinson and writer Jordan Thomas at 8:30 pm Performance by Gay Henry at 9 pm Birthed by post-election funk, Bleed & Burn […]

    Jan 14, 2017 - Jan 21, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • DISRUPTION:2017 VOLUNTEER BIENNIAL

    DISRUPTION:2017 VOLUNTEER BIENNIAL We are accustomed to following rules and procedures, and these provide us with the solace of a programmatic rhythm. What we tend to notice are the inevitable jags in our routine. Suddenly, we are forced to engage with our bodies and environments, the visceral reality of our being. A disruption. An alteration […]

    Jan 14, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Talking Image Connection: Working Forces/Desktop

    Talking Image Connection, TIC, establishes free events which bring together writers, contemporary art, and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. Authors, D. Allen, William Bearheart, Sarah Fox, Opal McCarthy and Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen  invent stories, poems, and other souvenirs in response to The Soap Factory’s current exhibitions: ‘Working Forces’ and ‘Mathew Zefeldt: […]

    Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 9, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • Working Forces

    Working Forces   The Soap Factory presents our 2016 submissions show, a group exhibition featuring the work of 13 emerging artists from across North America. Selected from The Soap Factory’s annual open call for submissions juried by our Program Committee and curated by Jehra Patrick. Working Forces assembles 10 projects from 13 artists which employ […]

    Nov 12, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • Haunting Image Connection

    Haunting Image Connection A T.I.C. reading   Talking Image Connection, TIC, establishes free events which bring together writers, contemporary art, and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. Authors Paula Cisewski, Katie F-S, Poet Dobby Gibson, Kao Kalia Yang and Ka Vang invent stories, poems, and other souvenirs in response to The Soap […]

    Oct 25, 2016 - Oct 25, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • The Paranormal Art Project

    The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement presents, The Paranormal Art Project a solo exhibition with artist, Brandon Kuehn     What is the difference between what we know and what we believe? In 2015-2016, Brandon Kuehn received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. The Paranormal Art Project was born. Kuehn has been traveling across […]

    Sep 30, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • Common Room

    A summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in it’s eighth season. 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 […]

    Aug 10, 2016 - Aug 31, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • 3X5: THE SOAP FACTORY’S EMERGING ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

    Three galleries Five months Three by Five is a new opportunity consisting of five one month-long residencies that take place from May until September this year. Each month, three different Artist Coordinators, selected from Soap Factory alumni or other highly-regarded artist leads, host one or more emerging artists of their own choosing in one of […]

    May 1, 2016 - Sep 30, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • Mathew Zefeldt: Desktop

    Mathew Zefeldt: Desktop   A forthcoming exhibition of paintings and installations by University of Minnesota Professor Mathew Zefeldt. This exhibition features paintings that are completely analog in terms of process, but that reflect our contemporary reality of screen culture. Operating as Director, Zefeldt works with a specific cast of characters: bricks, two-by-fours, statue heads, gradients, […]

    Nov 12, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • THE SOAP FACTORY AND NORTHERN LIGHTS PRESENT ART(ISTS) ON THE VERGE 7

    Art(ists) On the Verge 7   This exhibition features new work from five Minnesota-based artists. Art(ists) On the Verge 7 (AOV7) is an intensive, yearlong, mentor-based fellowship program for emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture. One of the fundamental concepts defining the mission of the Art(ists) On the Verge Fellowship […]

    Mar 12, 2016 - Apr 17, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • Three Factory Pieces

    THREE FACTORY PIECES   History collides with the future in a new suite of projects from the Labor Camp. Three Factory Pieces presents a cohesive set of interventions that activates the Soap Factory, highlighting its unique features as a place of both industrial and art production. Working with materials ranging from asphalt paper, salt and […]

    Nov 21, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • Superusted: A talking image connection event

    Talking Image Connection brings together writers, performers, contemporary art and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. We would also like to introduce the newest director of TIC, Lucas Pingel! Poetry by Brett Elizabeth Jenkins, William D. Waltz and Patrick Werle, short stories by fiction writer Claire DeBerg and non-fiction creative writer Jordan […]

    Nov 6, 2015 - Nov 6, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • The Soap Factory and Works Progress Present: Hand-in-Glove III

    Hand-in-Glove III A national conference of alternative spaces and places. Supported by Common Field, curated and organized by Works Progress and The Soap Factory Hand-in-Glove is a national convergence for those engaged in the imaginative possibilities and pragmatic realities of artist organzing, including independent artist-led exhibitions, re-granting initiatives, publications, residencies, public programs, pedagogical experiments, community […]

    Sep 17, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • superusted

    superusted   The 4th Midwest Biennial exhibition at The Soap Factory, curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne This exhibition presents the work of seventeen artists, from five states across the Midwest, selected from a series of some 120 studio visits. Participating Artists: Alexa Horochowski , Andrea Carlson, Areca Roe, Carlos DeGroot, Clarence White, Dyani White Hawk […]

    Sep 12, 2015 - Nov 8, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • Common Room

    Common Room   A summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in it’s eighth season. 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 […]

    Aug 12, 2015 - Sep 2, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • Shaping the Qualitative Phase of Contemporary Chinese Art

    Shaping the Qualitative Phase of Contemporary Chinese Art A collaborative residency project with the University of Minnesota and Beijing Artists’ Village   An exhibition featuring work by Liu Xuguang with artists Jia Yuming, Wang Zhi, Liu Qianyi, Meng Xianglong, Liu Danshu, and Zhang Jinghan. Curated by Professor Tom Rose. Exhibition runs: July 11 – August […]

    Jul 11, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • WISE BLOOD

    Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going was never there… -Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood WISEBLOOD   Visual artist Chris Larson and composer Anthony Gatto join forces to bring the darkly humorous world of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood to life. Set in The Soap Factory, the post-industrial beauty of a 130-year-old […]

    May 9, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • Live Action Set, Dangerous Productions, and The Soap Factory present: Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment   Live Action Set, Dangerous Productions and The Soap Factory are very excited to announce the remount of Crime and Punishment in April of 2015!   ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE: A twisted interpretation of the Dostoevsky novel, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT blends physical theater, dance and visual art into an adventurous, immersive performance in […]

    Apr 10, 2015 - May 3, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • The Soap Factory and Northernlights.mn present: Art(ists) On the Verge 6

    Art(ists) On the Verge 6   The Soap Factory and Northern Lights are pleased to announce the 6th installment of our annual collaboration. This exhibition features new work from five Minnesota-based artists. AOV6 is an intensive, year-long, mentor-based fellowship program for emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture. One […]

    Mar 21, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY: Screening and Director Talkback

      Executive produced by Jay-Z, Wyatt Cenac and dream hampton, Terence Nance’s dazzling, delightful and explosively creative debut, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY utilizes a mix of live action and animation to tell the story of a relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman as it teeters between the platonic and romantic. Join us […]

    Mar 6, 2015 - Mar 6, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • The Soap Factory and Chicago Artists Coalition presents: Party’s Over

    Party’s Over   Location: Galleries Two and Three This exhibition is a collaboration between The Soap Factory and the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC). The Party’s Over is the culminating exhibition between the Chicago Artists Coalitions’ BOLT Residency and The Soap Factory’s resident artists, who partnered together in 2013 for the Midwest Artist Exchange, a yearly […]

    Feb 7, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • The Soap Factory and Obsidian Arts present: Friction Fiction

    Friction Fiction   Location: Gallery One A collaboration between The Soap Factory and Obsidian Arts, Fiction Friction is a survey of contemporary black artists, curated by Roderic Southall, all using the medium of animation to address and contextualize their relationship with the urban landscape. The Black experience of the urban is an ideal subject for […]

    Feb 7, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • ALEXA HOROCHOWSKI: CLUB DISMINUCIÓN

    A solo exhibition featuring new works of sculpture, video and large-scale prints by Alexa Horochowski The exhibition Club Disminución (“Club of Diminishing Returns”) was instigated by Alexa Horochowski’s artist residency at Casa Poli in Coliumo, Chile, 2012/2013. Designed by architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofía Ellrichshausen, Casa Poli, a minimalist, concrete cube, functions as a cultural […]

    Sep 6, 2014 - Nov 9, 2014 Exhibition Details
  • Americana

    The Soap Factory presents Americana, a group exhibition featuring the work of 9 emerging artists from across North America. Selected from The Soap Factory’s annual open call for submissions by curator and Executive Director Ben Heywood, Americana features drawing, sculpture, video and installation work. Participating artists: Shana Berger & Nathan Purath, Patrick Gantert, Leif Huron, […]

    Jun 20, 2014 - Aug 17, 2014 Exhibition Details
  • BENJAMIN ENTNER AT NORTHERN SPARK

    New York artist Benjamin Entner creates a larger-than-life, inflatable, drawing project which parodies art historical precedents for the Northern Spark Festival in downtown Minneapolis. Learn more about Benjamin Entner’s past projects and see his Northern Spark installation Ego Sum along the river at the Guthrie Theater from dusk till dawn on June 14th. About Northern […]

    Jun 14, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014 Exhibition Details
  • WE ARE WATER

    The Soap Factory presents We Are Water a month-long curatorial collaboration between Wang Ping’s Kinship of Rivers and The Soap Factory; artists from Twin Cities and New Orleans, music, performance, interactive creativity, poetry, food and celebration. Lead Artist and Curator: Wang Ping Learn more about Wang Ping’s Kinship of Rivers project We Are Water: Kinship […]

    May 10, 2016 - Jun 7, 2014 Exhibition Details

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