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Common Room: The Bathroom Tour

  • Soap Factory 514 2nd Street Southeast Minneapolis, MN, 55414 United States (map)

The Bathroom Tour | Wednesday, August 22

Meet at the Soap Factory, 6:30pm
Walking tour.

Restroom vs. bathroom vs. WC vs. potty vs. toilet? Gendered vs. unisex? Political wedge? ADA compliance? Pristine or horrific? To talk or avoid eye contact? To graffiti or not? Hand washing! Visiting the bathroom is a universal experience that can also be a fraught social and cultural touchpoint. Join Common Room in an exploration of some local bathrooms while discussing some global bathroom issues.

Featuring special guest Lezlie Lowe. Lowe is an award-winning Halifax, Nova Scotia-based nonfiction writer, broadcaster and journalism instructor. She has made a career out of flipping on the lights above society's unexamined everyday — urban rats, sex work, roadkill cemeteries, the myth of the high school slut, and public toilets.

The Soap Factory continues its ongoing site-specific public program, Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, welcoming back Common Room for its 10th iteration of artist-led tours through the Twin Cities. Through August, themed tours will take place every Wednesday evening. Common Room topics provide a focus through which to explore multiple facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, sacred spaces, islands and more. The tours this year include The Casino Tour, The Piped Music Tour, The Bathroom Tour, and The Mobile Dance Party Tour to celebrate Common Room’s Tenth Anniversary.

Andy Sturdevant is an artist and writer living in Minneapolis. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, and he has exhibited his art projects at venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere.

Sergio Vucci is a Minneapolis-based artist. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his work focuses primarily on engaging his surroundings outside of gallery spaces and on relational interactions, co-authoring ephemeral creative experiences with participants in response to place.

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, the Soap Factory’s ongoing site-specific public program. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

Earlier Event: August 15
Common Room: The Piped Music Tour
Later Event: January 7
Soap Factory Town Hall