While on our annual wedding anniversary trip to Grayton Beach, Florida, I decided, after four shots of tequila, three coconut mojitos, and two dozen oysters, that I was never going to eat beef, pork, or lamb again. It is easy to make such a decision when you are surrounded by a never-ending supply of succulent blue crab, mouth-watering shrimp, buttery-flakey mackerel, and plump oysters. That was in October and I still have not tasted the flesh of those land-locked animals. I have also gained five pounds since then. Oh well.
I believe that I would have viewed Melissa Farris’ exhibition "Happy Cannibals," at Material through December 29th, differently had I seen it before I gave up on the delicious flesh of cows, pigs, and sheep. According to her exhibition statement, Farris grew up in a family “infixed with mid-century ideals.” And seeing the reminders of her families past, she is “struck by the pervasive influence of mid-century corporate America.” This influence had a disjointed relationship with reality and this exhibition is a “warm-hearted celebration of that failure.”
Material consists of three similarly-sized white walls. Farris has dedicated a different animal on each wall, lamb, pork, and beef, respectively. The pieces are either a butcher’s how-to guide on the proper slaughtering method of each animal or a humorously depicted suggested serving size and preparation. The pieces remind me of the animations of popcorn and soda played during the intermission at the drive-in on Summer Ave.
What makes these pieces work is the color palette of the frames the artist has chose to use. The avocado, mint, and strawberry colors are taken from the 1950s decor of her grandparents' home. (Similar to Kehinde Wiley’s nod to Neo-Classicism with his use of opulent gold gilded frames.)
Examining corporate America’s disjointed relationship with reality is an interesting sentiment and reason to make a body of work. These mid-century ideals never really made it to rural Arkansas where I was born and raised. I remember being surrounded by the motifs of the depression. The happy pieces that Farris exhibits here would be a welcome change, especially in the context of the meat and potato eaters of DeWitt, Arkansas, of which, I am no longer a part.
Images by Dwayne Butcher
Today is the worst day ever to be on Facebook and Twitter. Everyone is talking about the apocalypse. No mentions anywhere about Tony Allen being the greatest American ever. Sad. No one is talking about how we will run out of bacon next year. Travesty. No one is talking about the fiscal cliff and the fact the GOP is imploding from within. Oh well.
This is usually the time of year when we take the time to reflect on all the great things we saw and did the previous twelve months. My article next week will focus on some of the more memorable events in the visual arts over the last year. But there was no way to mention everyone and everything. I didn’t even have the chance to mention myself and all the important things that I do for this city. Maybe next year.
Speaking of next year, it has come to my attention, because of my December 13th article, that someone is actually going to curate an exhibition of current MFA candidates from the U of M and MCA at Marshall Arts. While still in the development stages, the exhibition will also consist of a panel discussion and open critiques between the students of the institutions. The show should not be viewed as a competition between them, but rather an opportunity for the artists to get to know each other and have a positive impact on the visual arts in this community. This is a good thing. Memphis is fortunate enough to have to highly regarded MFA programs while Nashville doesn’t have one at all. Suck it, Nashville.
Speaking of Nashville, I wonder when they are going to form their own state and then secede from the union?
Speaking of Union, the Memphis Arts Collective Holiday Artist Market at 1501 Union is in its final days, through December 24th. They are open daily Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
You can find work from Lizi Beard Ward, Robert Carroll, Bryan Blankenship and others.
Speaking of Bryan Blankenship, he is also a part of the exclusive Winter Arts Holiday Show & Sale at 2055 West Street in Germantown. They are open Monday-Thursday & Saturday 10a.m.-6 p.m., Friday’s 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Through December 24th. You should all go and check these sales out and finish up your holiday shopping and buy me a pressed plate from Blankenship. I would appreciate it. I should have bought one before the devastation of the end of the world.
Speaking of devastation, tomorrow is the last day to see Maysey Craddock’s exhibition “Forest for the Trees” at David Lusk Gallery. An exhibition inspired by the devastation that Hurricane Katrina caused on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005. These gouache on sewn-together paper sacks are a reminder of that tragic storm and its continuing effect on the gulf region but also the recent destruction on the East Coast caused by Hurricane Sandy. Go see the show while on your way to the holiday markets, while you still have a chance.
First off, I would like to take this opportunity to say that I hate Nashville.
Thirdly, I am nowhere near finished with my holiday shopping. But our Festivus pole does look great in the living room. To be honest, I have not even started, and the only present I have to buy is for Georgia. I am thinking about getting her a gift certificate to Stewart Brothers Hardware, Boscos, The Edge Coffeehouse, or an Anne Siems painting. She loves those things. Really, I love those things. I love telling people this. Hint, hint. And when I get invited to speak at a Pecha Kucha again, I will be sure to talk about these things.
Speaking of Pecha Kucha, Crosstown Arts is hosting their fifth installment of this event. An unpronounceable word that is Japanese for “chit-chat”. Originally scheduled to take place in their new exhibition space at 430 Cleveland St, which is still under construction, they are instead having the event in their current space at 427 N. Watkins, which is directly behind the new space. These are generally pretty interesting events, especially the first one, where I talked about how great of an artist I am. You can watch the video where I talk all fast and brilliant by clicking here.
Memphis is a music city. There is no disputing this. Rock-n-roll was invented here. It is the home of the blues. Shit goes down in Memphis.
I was always aware of music’s dominance over the creative culture here. So much so, that while in college I even started a band with some friends. We were going to call ourselves The Articles. (It turns out that several of the band members eventually became writers.) None of us had musical backgrounds and none could play an instrument. We assigned ourselves an instrument to play. I got the guitar. The next day I bought an acoustic guitar from someone in the paper. The previous owner got mad at his inability to write the next great song and shot the guitar with a .22 out of frustration. Also that same day, my friend who was assigned the drums slept with my then-girlfriend and the band broke up before we ever had a practice. Oh well.
Though I did not become a great musician in a historically great music town, there is still plenty of it going around. So much so, people are even creating artwork based on music.
One such event takes place tonight, “The Paik Sessions,” 6 — 8 p.m. at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The museum's assistant preparator, Luis Seixas issued a call to artists to create music pieces in response to Nam June Paik’s sculpture Vide-O-belisk. The first 10 will be heard tonight and includes work by Jonathan Kirkscey, Pieter Nooten, Shelby Bryant, et al.
Vide-O-belisk is an assemblage piece made from 24 vintage television receivers, standing 19 feet tall. The TVs display three distinct video loops. One features the most significant art objects from the Brooks' permanent collection. Another is devoted to the advent of television and includes key moments such as man's landing on the moon and an Elvis Presley performance. The third displays musical instruments and performances, the inspiration for this project. John Cage, Laurie Anderson, and Charlotte Moorman, as well as other significant composers and performing artists who worked together with Paik, appear in this footage.
This should be an interesting event, as this piece is one of the best pieces at the museum (Christian Marclay’s piece Telephones being the best.)
This weekend is the beginning of Unveil South Main, where 20 artists will display work for 20 days in various shops and businesses on South Main. There was the Unveil Downtown early this year. I wonder if they will be doing an Unveil Pinch District or an Unveil Raleigh. (Being from Raleigh, I support this idea fully. Raleigh Springs Mall would be perfect.) The kick-off event is at Jack Robinson Gallery, 44 Huling, Friday, November 30th, 5-7 p.m. Then the openings at the assigned locations happen from 7-9pm.
There are a couple of artists that has some interesting work on view for this event.
Howard Paine’s work for the past decade has been an investigation on the way technology can affect organisms. On his daily walks, Paine collects botanicals, leaves, seed pods, flowers as well as insects. He then photographs or digitally scans in the objects, prints these out then manipulates the objects with drawings, etchings, ink washes, and other mark-making processes. A recent development that came from working this way is the mortality of the individual. He has become interested in what remains after death both physically and as a source for memory.
Howard Paine’s work will be on view at SOB|South of Beale, 361 S. Main Street.
Chloe York, a recent graduate from the Memphis College of Art, is interested in all things colorful and oceanic. She is particularly interested it was is deemed ugly by society and what is the standard for what is considered beautiful. This led making a statement about the manner in which we decorate ourselves, covering up what is already there. Her use of pattern and decoration explore this idea of what is beautiful and pleasing to the eye.
Her work can be seen at Muse Inspired Fashion, 546 S Main.
Also on South Main Friday night but not as a part of the Unveil South Main is work by Justin Bowles, current MFA candidate at MCA, at Ameriprise Financial, 465 S. Main Street #101.
“Making fun of boys is fun,” Bowles states. Her exhibition "Boys Are Stupid," is about exactly that, making fun of her ex-boyfriends. These text-based works came about partly to memorialize the relationships and the rest is simply a purging. The exes are represented as animals that are based on the boyfriends personality. One is a cat because, “that guy was a self-involved sybarite.”
Other animals are more of a representation of the type of boyfriend she viewed them as, for example, a way younger boyfriend is “a super cute baby bunny” makes an appearance in one of the works. Most of that work lives in that liminal space between disappointment and the ridiculous, exploring the point when one stops viewing the failed relationship as tragic and accept the lameness of it all. She is saving the scorned lover material for future projects.
Since you will be downtown to see these three exhibitions, you might as well stop by and see the MFA exhibition at the Memphis College of Art. “Hysterics” features the work of Raquel Adams, Rebecca Coleman, Shirin Shahin, and Lindsey Gwaltney Todd. The opening is Friday 6-9 p.m. and runs through December 15th at the Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main.
Since you have seen the MFA show at MCA, why not be sure to check out the BFA show as well. The exhibition at MCA’s main campus in Overton Park features the work of 15 BFA candidates and includes a variety of media. The opening is Friday 5-7 p.m. and runs through December 12th.
Since you are in the mood to see student exhibitions, see the previous post about the work at Marshall Arts, why not visit the University of Memphis’s MFA exhibition at the Art Museum at the University of Memphis. “Corner” features the work of Katie Maish, Jennifer Burton, Brian Bundren and Kathleen Murray. The opening is Friday 5-7:30PM and runs through January 12, 2013.
I always like it when there are some many simultaneous exhibitions of student work. I like to think of it as a battle royale where the students and the institutions battle it out for Memphis Art World supremacy. I think I may be the only one that thinks this way.
Is there such a thing as too many art openings? I would never have thought this would be the case, especially for Memphis. Sure, New York City can have 514 art opening on a particular night. There are enough people interested in art, at least feign interest, to have a good turnout for most of the galleries. Besides, they can simply go back and see the other shows during the rest of the month.
This is not the case in Memphis. People really only ever attend the opening and that is it. They usually do not go to a gallery the next day or during the month of the exhibitions run because they missed the opening. Unless it is a friend or lover, have you? I do, but this is because that is what I do, go to art exhibitions.
Friday night is one of those nights in Memphis where just about every gallery, museum, and art space is having an opening. There are more than twenty additional openings in banks, restaurants, bars, clothing stores, and coffee shops tomorrow night. Let’s not forget the South Main Trolley Tour.
And people say Memphis is not an art city.
It would be impossible, in one post, to talk about every art show that needs to be mentioned. You would not be able to see half of the exhibitions tomorrow night, even if you tried really hard. It is more impossible to write reviews for these shows, even for just a couple of them. I think I need to try to perfect the 140 character art review for twitter (@dwaynebutcher if you want to follow and see my attempts in defining a future for art criticism)
With all that is going on, there is one thing I think you should be sure to see.
That is “Flat Mates,” the University of Memphis BFA exhibition at Marshall Arts Friday, November 30, 2012 6-9PM. When you go, be sure to get there at exactly 6PM or wait until 8:30. They, for some reason, always do their student awards during the middle of this exhibition and it takes roughly an hour, during which time no one can walk around and see the art.
And you should see the art.
Anna Roach has a salon-style exhibition of 20 oil and graphite on panel paintings of various sizes. Roach’s subject matter is children, and, despite all of us once being innocent children, our future is undetermined and this innocence will inevitably disappear. There are paintings of a baby Bill Clinton, Ted Kaczynski, and Sarah Palin. While finishing up the pieces for this exhibition, Roach was afraid that the Sarah Palin piece would not be dry in time. So, she took it to the tanning bed and let the UV rays speed up the drying time. A perfect metaphor for Sarah Palin, I believe.
Ashley Watts has a slight obsession with food. Specifically, Chick-fil-A waffle-cut french fries. She prefers the term "slight," as a complete and unregulated obsession would leave her penniless and overweight. She has created 25 mixed-media pieces that examine the simplistic beauty by trying to capture the “glistening, rolling hills connected by deep, almost crimson valleys” that is found in every waffle-cut fry. Watts will even be serving freshly fried fries at the opening (even more of a reason to get there at 6PM sharp.)
Kelly Baldwin has three large grids of photographs printed on silk that are suspended from the ceiling. Each of the silk pieces contains a series of nine photos shown in a grid that offer private glimpses into the artist’s life. The silk pieces are then hung in a circle to provide an intimate setting in which to view and contemplate the photographs.
As a U.S. Army Combat Illustrator during the Gulf War, Paul Eade was inspired by the landscape of the Middle East. Through abstract painting that is influenced on the colors and shapes of the patterned textiles of the ancient churches, mosques, and temples of this region, Eade is attempting to bridge the gap between Western and near Eastern cultures. This offering works best in Effero Extuli Elatum, a 72” x 96” oil on canvas painting.
Phillip Johnson’s watercolor pieces are about manipulation — how an object can change from one form to another, in this case the object is a chair. He is interested in trying to create as many different forms as possible by experimenting and altering the positive and negative shapes of the chair. In the end the pieces are not about an utilitarian object but the abstract forms that result from process.
Cameron Showalter uses a mannequin as a stand-in for himself. Showalter has a tendency to be uncomfortable around people and in social settings. The mannequin is a way to try to deal with these anxieties. The installation is in the back of Marshall Arts in a seldom-used room, a fortuitous location for these prints and their intention.
This is really a nice exhibition and gives me hope for the future of the Memphis art scene. The only problem is that the exhibition is one night only. The art administration has to find a way to have these exhibitions be on view longer. It is a disservice to the students, who have spent the last four years and an ungodly amount of money pursing a degree to only be given one night for an exhibition.
But, we only ever go to the openings anyway, right?
It is Friday and you have a fat belly full of turkey, ham, tofurkey, pumpkin pie, and green bean casserole. You cannot stand to watch another football game or parade and are not quite ready for Christmas movies. You have no intention of waking up at 4 in the morning to brave the expected crowds to begin your holiday shopping. So, what do you do?
Go see some art.
Really. "Go see some art" is usually always the answer to any question when deciding what and when to do something.
Friday happens to be St. Clement’s Day, the patron saint of blacksmiths and metalworkers, and the National Ornamental Metal Museum is celebrating the day with Blacksmith Friday 10am-5pm. There will be free admission and blacksmith demonstrations. The gift shop will be open and you can purchase the new holiday ornaments. You can also visit the Master Metalsmith exhibition of Eleanor Moty. Moty is noted for bringing the photoetching process into the metalsmithing field. The printmaking nerds out there should love this.
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will also be open Friday. You may be tired of seeing nice plate settings full of food and drink. But maybe seeing The Taste for Tiffany will make you hungry for a leftover dressing sandwich ... delicious! If this is not to your taste, check out the Brilliance of Tiffany: Lamps of the Neustadt Collection. If this is of no interest, the Early Quilts from Southern Collections and the Caleb Sparks exhibition will also be on view.
Those of you who know me know that I am not above self-promotion. Those of you who know me really well know that I love putting together art exhibitions anywhere and everywhere. Tomorrow night, I am once again putting together an exhibition called “The Car Show.” All the work in the show will be based on automobiles (and in one case, boats) either literally or conceptually. There will even be a Lamborghini Gallardo and an Aerial Atom at the exhibition. If you do not know what an Aerial Atom is, google it. Now. They are truly fascinating automobiles.
This event will bring together two groups that usually do not coexist anywhere, the car people and the art people. Their works definitely do not get many chances in Memphis to share the same space. So, we will see what happens when we all get together. In the end, it may just be about having a good time and making what each of these groups do more accessible. I am all for that.
"The Car Show" will run for one night only Friday, November 16th, 6-9 p.m. The exhibition will be held at Word of Mouth Detailing 7585 Highway 64 Suite 100 Memphis, TN 38133. Word of Mouth Detailing is located on Hwy 64 between Kate Bond and Appling Rd.
Speaking of things that are truly fascinating, I have always been very fond of quilts, especially those from the Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers of Alabama. Several years ago, the Brooks Museum of Art held an exhibition of these quilts. It was the best painting exhibition I have ever seen. Yes, that is correct, these quilts are like paintings. Currently at the Brooks is another exhibition “Early Quilts from Southern Collections” through January 6th, 2013.
Saturday, November 17th at 1 p.m., Greely Myatt will be giving a talk at the Brooks. Myatt will be discussing his work that is based on these historic patchwork quilts. He makes these quilts from recycled and reclaimed street signs.
The Democrats will keep winning as long Republicans keep voting crazytown rightwing, God intended legitimate rape commenting Tea Partiers in the primaries. This is not a winning strategy and proved as much this week.
I can never tire of politics. It is just so much fun. So much fun that I hope it never ends. And in our world of instant gratification and immediate and short-lived news cycles, it never will.
With this spirit in mind and the resounding success that my The Politics of Art review is, let's keep it going by all attending the reception at the Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM) tonight, Friday, November 9th, 5-7:30 p.m. AMUM is billing it as Two Thanks/One Event, a chance to see the 11 Septembers installation of Jan Hankins, today happens to be his birthday, and to give thanks to Andrei Znamenski. Znamenski is a Professor of Russian at the University of Memphis and translated the Russian Propaganda prints that are a part of the Hot, Cold, Cool exhibition. The event is free and open to the public and all the current exhibitions at AMUM will be open during the reception.
Just like political seasons, it seems the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year. Costco had all their holiday stuff out well before Halloween. The department stores should just start in July when Lifetime begins showing all those Christmas in July movies. With the holiday’s come the holiday markets and craft sales. Gallery 56 is having its first annual Crafts Exhibit and Sale. It runs today and tomorrow only 10-5 p.m. So go early and by often. This is work by local artists, Bryan Blakenship, Niles Wallace, Nancy White, and others, go support them. Keep your money locally and out of the department stores. If you do not see anything that piques your interest here, don’t worry, this is the first of about 50 upcoming holiday market exhibitions over the next six weeks.
In 2010, Cohen donated more than 250 photographs to the Museum of Modern Art. The Art Institute of Chicago has a large group as well and even published a companion book for their “The Three Graces” exhibition of these prints. He is currently in talks with other institutions about further donations of his photographs to their collection.
Opening tomorrow night at the David Lusk Gallery is “You Shoulda’ Been There, Vernacular Snapshots.” I would be curious to know which group the 17 photographs in this exhibition belong. There are dogs smoking pipes, buildings, baseball players, and double exposed prints (a particular favorite of Cohen's), so a little something of everything.
Also interesting is the notion of Cohen as a collector. Sure, he collects art besides old photographs, Pop prints in particular. But is this really a collection from a collector? It seems like an obsession. The kind of obsession that compels an artist to make work in the first place. David Lusk Gallery is in the business of selling art from artists. Perhaps in this case, it would be better to think of Cohen as an artist who appropriates the work of others into his practice. It might sound like a stretch, but it works for me.
Image courtesy of Peter J. Cohen and the David Lusk Gallery
The Wrong Again Gallery will close its second season Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31, 8-10 p.m. with TART by Ramona Sonin. (Be sure to dress warm. The show is inside but the garage door will be open.)
Sonin currently lives in Venice, California, where she maintains her studio and teaches at the CA Institute of Art. She received her MFA from the University of Memphis in 1998. She was kind enough to answer of couple of questions of mine via email. Here is that exchange.
Dwayne Butcher: There is a close similarity between the figures in this work and you. Would you consider these self-portraits? Or were you simply the first model available when working on these pieces?
Ramona Sonin: I love this question... Yes, I was the only one around when I was trying to contort my body in the mirror for exaggerated poses. (I have hurt my back on several occasions and fallen off of my Louboutins.) But, of course I can not deny that parts of me are in my girls....but they are SO much more than me...look at that hair! If only I could get mine to those heights! If only I could afford their clothing and walk languidly down the street in those shoes and carrying those firearms.
In its sixth year, the RiverArtsFest returns to the South Main Historic Arts District, October 26th-28th. There is a $5 admission to enter this year’s festival all day Saturday and Sunday. However, admission is free Friday night during the Trolley Tour and Sunday before noon.
Over 170 artists from around the country will have works in booths lining South Main. There will be a little something for everyone just in time for the holidays: jewelry, watercolors, ceramics, glass, fiber, and leather will be available for purchase directly from the artists.
These types of art festivals have always been a little weird for me. Sure, the patrons get to interact with the artists that they are interested in knowing more about. Sure, the artists do not have to give a commission to an art dealer in a gallery so the artists are able to charge lower prices for their work and hopefully be able to sale more of it.
But the problem is that there is so much of it.
The Broad Ave. Arts District Art Walk is this Saturday October 20th, 2-8 p.m.
I think I should write an art feature on whether or not Broad Avenue is really an arts district. Does one art gallery, T Clifton and one alternative space, Material plus several art studios make an arts district? I am sure it would make for an interesting topic with a wide range of opinions from artists and art patrons. Regardless of its status as an arts district, which I do not think it is, one cannot deny the absolute resounding success the previous Art Walks have been. This year, artwork from over 40 artists will be on display with most available for purchase.
Some of the highlights include Mark Nowell’s New Steel Sculptures at Material Art Space. Coming off the recent dedication of the “Wave” sculpture at the Skate Park in Tobey Park, Nowell gives one sentence and one sentence only in regards to this exhibition, “I wanted to do a show that is just steel — no paint, no ink, etc.” Now, that is getting straight to the point. Jamie Harmon’s Amurica, a makeshift photobooth in an old travel trailer will be directly in front of Material on Broad Ave.
Are we really already in the holiday spirit of giving? Should I bring my Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa aluminum pole down from the attic and install it next to my cat condo tower? It seems people are already being nice to each other, doing nice things for each other, with little or no benefit expected. This is the case with the Memphis College of Art and Beth Edwards, painting professor at the University of Memphis. Edwards has curated the 2012 Alumni Invitation Exhibition opening at the Memphis College of Art Thursday, October 11th, 5-7 p.m.
Is it a good thing that these two competing institutions work together for the common good of an art exhibition? Perhaps. There is precedent for such a collaboration. Last year's "Impressionistic Summer" between the Dixon and Brooks Museum seemed to work. Kevin Sharp and Cam Kitchin, the museums' respective directors, were not fighting in the streets. (Though, I would give anything to see that.) I do hope that MCA alumni Emily Jacir made the cut for this invitational. That would be spectacular.
UrbanArt Commission will be dedicating a new public work Friday, October 12th, 3-5 p.m. Mark Nowell’s The Wave was recently installed at the Skate Park in Tobey Park at 2617 Avery. The Uptown Hotdogs food truck will be there and there will be a performance by ARTISTIK APPROACH. My broken left foot is doing much better now. I think I will go and give this “wave” a try. At least dance and eat a hotdog.
If you can find it and if you are in the mood, The Wrong Again Gallery is having its third exhibition of its second season Saturday evening 7-9 p.m. Niki Johnson will not be present for the opening of her exhibition "Behind Closed Doors: An Evening of Rockwellian Taboo." Instead, she will be skyping in from an, as of yet, undisclosed location. But do not worry yourself with that. Just make sure you can find the Wrong Again Gallery at 648 (W) Marshall Avenue. It will be the right place to be.
Go see some art.
If you like to go to art openings for the free wine, beer, and cheese cubes, then this Friday night is the one for you. But, you may want to leave the house early to be able to attend all the art openings Friday night. Actually, it may almost be impossible to go to every opening. It will be even more impossible to be able to enjoy the free wine, beer, and cheese cubes at each event. So, be prepared to drive like mad to see the exhibitions.
Here is a likely plan for your night of free drinks and snacks and art.
Start at the University of Memphis’ PLA(I)N(E) Gallery in the Art and Communication Building, room 100, for M. Foster’s "The Bee House". The exhibition examines loneliness, hermit-hood, memory, and decay through the recreation of a Long Island woman's home. There will be no free wine or beer here, as it is a university. However, it will still be a good place to start as the opening begins at 4:30 p.m.
Then head to Poplar and take your pick from these three exhibitions: Keiko Gonzalez at Lisa Kurts or Lisa Jennings and Carolyne Morrison at L Ross Gallery or Tad Lauritzen Wright at David Lusk Gallery.
There will be plenty to drink at these openings. But you will run out of time attempting to visit all three. The most interesting of the exhibitions will be Lauritzen Wright’s "Garden & Gun" show at DLG. This will also have the most people. Go here to see all the cool art kids in town and make fun of the hipsters.
After you take a taxi back to Laurelwood Shopping Center to pick up your car Saturday morning, grab your dull knives and head down to the National Ornamental Metal Museum, between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for their annual Repair Days. There will be plenty to do and the museum grounds has, without a doubt, the best view of the Mississippi River in the city.