Stories of the Somali Diaspora: Photographs by Abdi Roble
through Sept. 27 (reception June 27)
Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road

Abdi Roble’s black-and-white images document the transition of Somali communities from Africa to the United States and includes photographs taken in Minneapolis — fetauring familiar faces for some Bridgeland communities — and Columbus, Ohio and Portland, Maine— three of the largest Somali communities in the U.S. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1964, Roble founded the Somali
Documentary Project in 2003, he with Doug Rutledge, Tariq Tarey, and Stanley Kayne. His book with Rutledge, The Somali Diaspora: A Journey Away, was published in 2008 by the University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

Related programs include:
— Presentation and reception with Roble and Doug Rutledge
Saturday, June 27, 5:30 p.m.
WAM Chatter: When does the diaspora become home?
Thursday July 23, 7 p.m.

BOYS & TOYS — The Art of Denny Kemp
June 26–Aug. 10
Gallery 122 at Hang It
122 SE Eighth St.
Northeast Minneapolis hairstylist Denny Kemp works in both oil and colored pencil, creating a spectrum of works that range from realistic to fantasyland. He has most recently begun experimenting with photography. Opening reception, Fri., June 26, 7–10 p.m.

Artists, activists and academics on the uses of diaspora readings
Fri., June 26, 7 p.m.
The Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Ave. S.
Featuring Esi Edugyan, Lise Erdrich and Kao Kalia Yang. Free

All-in-One Travel Journal with Aki Shibata
Saturday, June 27, 1–3 p.m.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S.
Capture your summer memories and make a journal to save postcards, ticket stubs, travel keepsakes and more. For families with children age 8 and up. $30 ($27 members) per adult/child pair, $15 ($14) each additional participant +$2 supply fee per person. Register by calling 612-215-2520 or online.

Candice Hern reading and signing
Saturday, June 27, 1-3 p.m.
Key North, 515 Fist Ave. NE
Romance novelist Candice will autograph books, either brought in or purchased at the event, after her 1:30pm reading.
Also: The romantic clothing of Lee Andersen, through July 10.

Shakespeare Soup
Saturday, June 27, 7 p.m.
Boom Island Park, 724 NE Sibley St.
Cromulent Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare Soup.

Food Matters
Movies in the parking lot
Thursday, July 2, 6–11 p.m.
Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a screening of Food Matters, sponsored by the Seward Co-op, with special guest TBD and a local short film by John Akre., 612-724-6273

Photographs by Bob Roscoe
through July
Birchwood Café, 3311 East 25th St.
Fourteen recent color photographs taken recently are on view in the Birchwood’s dining room. Reception on Monday June 29, 7–9 p.m., features music by jazz sax player John Devine,a s well as wine and cheese.

Ongoing exhibits

Daring Urn art shows and artist talks
Through June 28
2402 University Ave. W., St. Paul
See artistic cremation urns — including award-winners from the 2009 juried urn art competition — that are part of what owner Diane Wood calls the “Cremation Revolution,” as well as theoils and watercolors of Karlyn Eckman.
Open catered public reception, June 13, 6–8 p.m.; open gallery and talks by various artists continue through June 28.

The Graphic Art of Maestro Rufino Tomayo & Bohemian Revolution
through July 10
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
The Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Ave. S.
Sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul, this exhibition features 22 of Tamayo’s graphic works. Also featured is Bohemian Revolution, Renegade Works by the Student Print Club at the University of Minnesota.
Public reception, Fri., June 19, 6–8:30 p.m. Free.

Frontier Preachers
through July 26
The Soap Factory, 518 SE Second St.

“More than a century ago, when paddle boats traversed the Mississippi River carrying cargo both material and humans, the river banks were a new frontier. This frontier created a space of unlimited opportunity for travel, commerce and change. As the cities that sit at the origin and conclusion of the great Mississippi River, Minneapolis and New Orleans have unique relationships to this storied body of water and the fabled frontier it offered.”

Curated by Jayme McLellan of Civilian Art Projects in Washington, DC, Frontier Preachers investigates “the idea of the frontier anew, long after the heyday of the Mississippi River as a central artery in the heart of America.” The eleven featured artists “from the bottom of the Mississippi River” are: Tim Best, Kyle Bravo, Aubrey Edwards and Alison Fensterstock, Courtney Egan, Stephen Collier, Sally Heller, Jenny LeBlanc, Srdjan Loncar, Cynthia Scott, David Sullivan, Dan Tague. For more information, or to read artist interviews, visit 612-623-9176

Piece Process
through Aug. 1
Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S.

3-D artists in all mediums show their processes and work in an exploration of how thought becomes form in this juried exhibition of local artists and craftspeople.
Opening reception Sat., June 6, 6–10 p.m.
Meet-and-greet potluck, Fri., July 17, 6–8 p.m.

Nothing New – A Green Art Exhibition
through Aug. 1
Textile Center, 3000 University Ave. SE

This exhibition “maximizes green creations,” using recycled objects as art material. Twenty-eight local and national artists are represented. Opening reception June 29, 6–8 p.m.; 612-436-0464.

Encaustic Paintings by Silvana LaCreta Ravena
through Aug. 15
Bohlander Arts, 3011 36th Ave. S.

Brazilian artist Silvana LaCreta Ravena works mainly with beeswax and the art form of encaustic, the application of heat between layers of brush strokes — one of the first painting techniques, used from antiquity until the Middle Ages. Opening reception, Fri., June 19, 6–8:30 p.m.,

Au Courant: Robert Rauschenberg’s Currents
thourgh Oct. 4
Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road
This exhibition features Robert Rauschenberg’s Currents, a massive, 54-foot-long screenprint, created in 1969–70, from collages of newspaper clippings from New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles newspapers. Currents is on loan form the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the exhibition includes a series of twenty-six related smaller prints from the Weisman’s collection.

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