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Common Room: The Casino Tour

  • MOA Transit Station Bloomington, MN 55425 (map)

The Casino Tour | Wednesday, August 8

Meet at the Mall of America Transit Center, 4:30pm
Walking tour with FREE shuttle.

It's a well-known fact that you'll never see a clock on a wall at a casino. They are environments meant to both soothe and confound, where time passes at an indeterminate speed. Explore one such Minnesota casino with us. We will be accompanied by a semi-professional poker player, where we'll walk the premises and discuss gambling, chance vs. skill, smoking laws, tribal sovereignty, the psychology of poker, interior decor, and other related topics. As a bonus, one of the Common Room tour guides will be gambling away his stipend. We'll take a free shuttle to get there. The last shuttle leaves the casino at 8pm, so if you plan to stay longer, you'll have to make your own transportation accommodations.

Common Room is a series of artist-led tours of Twin Cities sites every Wednesday evening in August. Each tour is themed around a specific concept that the group uses as a lens to explore facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, alleys, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, sacred spaces, islands and many more. Common Room is the work of Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant, along with a rotating lineup of contributors. We are thrilled to announce that this summer marks the tenth iteration of Common Room. 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.