VISUAL ARTS | Art of This hosts “Open Exchange” to kick off summer programming

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On Saturday night, Art of This Gallery hosted an event called “Open Exchange,” a kickoff to the gallery’s Open Summer Residency Project—a program in which a series of artists will use the gallery space for varying amounts of time, for varying purposes. Participating artists mingled with interested members of the public, representatives from local galleries including Form + Content and They Won’t Find Us Here, and staff from publications including mnartists.org, ARP!, and—of course—the Twin Cities Daily Planet. (Disclosure: I’ve recently offered to start helping the gallery in a volunteer capacity.)

The event also served as a closing reception for Scattered Light, a project by David Horvitz and Mylinh Trieu Nguyen in which people from around the world were encouraged to complete “assignments” by submitting photos of blank walls, themselves in bed, shadows, and other designated subjects. A “For Rent” sign hung over the proceedings, a reminder that at summer’s end Art of This will surrender its permanent space at Nicollet and 35th to become a free-form presenter of art exhibits and performance events.

Art of This Open Exchange

Art of This Open Exchange

Art of This Open Exchange

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Art of This Open Exchange

Art of This Open Exchange

Art of This Open Exchange

Art of This Open Exchange

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