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Free First Saturday: Some Assembly Required

Drawing from artist Abraham Cruzvillegas’ concept of “self-construction,” families will build structures using a variety of found materials and everyday objects. Get together for gallery adventures and experience a variety of artists’ projects throughout the day.

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 5 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.

Art-Making: From Above

Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab, 10 am–3 pm
Explore the ways objects found in your home, recycling bins and garbage cans change in appearance and meaning. Assemble a bird’s eye view of your world, thinking about where you live, play and hide. Led by local artist Eric Syvertson.

Film: Tintico’s Afternoon

U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge, 10 am–3 pm
A musician and a group of mosquitoes spend a delightful afternoon making music and playing records. When their phonograph suddenly breaks, tt’s up to the mosquitoes to find the music once again. Directed by Alejandro García Caballero, 2012, 11 minutes.

Film: Defective

Lecture Room, 10 am–1 pm
An old puppetmaster gathers abandoned dolls from the garbage bins. With great passion and dedication, he transforms them into charming marionettes to star in his theatrical street shows. Directed by Gabriela Martínez Garza and Jon Fernández López, 2012, 8 minutes (in Spanish with English subtitles).

Gallery Activity: Poetic Response

Gallery 1, 11 am–2 pm
Join a tour guide in pondering Wigs (portfolio), an artwork by artist Lorna Simpson. Strike out a poem on a typewriter using a series of thought-provoking prompts.

Gallery Activitiy: Artists’ Tools

Burnet Gallery, 10 am–1 pm
Find a tour guide in the Painter Painter exhibition and discover some of the tools that artists keep in their studios. The variety may surprise you!


Free First Saturday is sponsored by

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