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A nature walk in the skyways, Women's Art Institute: This week's art happenings

Star Tribune, Aaron Lavinsky

Star Tribune, Aaron Lavinsky

Live your best life as you dance on the terrace, go on a nature walk in the middle of a downtown skyway, celebrate emerging women artists, and engage in a talk about unexpected discoveries in artmaking -- all this week in the Twin Cities.

Moheb Soliman

Moheb Soliman

Artist Talk: Moheb Soliman

Where it’s at: Minnesota Museum of American Art, 350 Robert St. N., St. Paul

What it’s about: Sometimes the best laid plans have to take a back seat to inspiration. Such was the case when artist Moheb Soliman came to the Minnesota Museum of Art for a residency last March. With the intention of continuing his intensive exploration of the Great Lakes Region through the lens of nature, modernity, identity, and belonging, Soliman instead became fascinated with the museum’s online database. The exercise of investigating the record-keeping mechanism itself is the subject for his talk at the M.

Why you should go: Soliman’s work spans poetry, prose, performance, and multimedia installation. Meditative and often reflective, he uses tools like overhead projectors and hidden public poetry to ask questions about the state of the world. Here, he takes his inquiry to a particular museum database system as a jumping-off point for a discussion.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday. Free, but registration is requested.

Vogue Night is up on the roof this week.

Vogue Night is up on the roof this week. Walker Art Center

Terrace Thursdays: Vogue Night

Where it’s at: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis

What it’s about: Things will be heating up at the Walker Art Center’s terrace on Thursday. Expect music, dancing, and fashion. Hosted by Iamjazz Bordaux, this is an event you’ll want to dress up for, but you’ll look great no matter what thanks to lighting design by video artist Al Ibaba Lovemelt.

Why you should go: This LGBTQ-focused event is all about style, moves, and realness, with prizes awarded for the best looks, the best moves, the best shoes, and more. Bring your best self to this fun and high stakes party.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday

Kinga Kielczynska

Kinga Kielczynska

Kinga Kielczynska: Alien Species Happy Hour & Walking Tours

Where it’s at: Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis, 40 S. Seveth St., Suite 208, Minneapolis

What it’s about: It’s a walking tour, it’s a lesson about invasive species, it’s an art happening. It’s all of those things at this event featuring Kinga Kielczynska, whose past work has taken place at a nudist beach, a night club, and a forest.

Why you should go: How do you interact and think about nature inside of a skyway surrounded by stores and consumerism? You’re about to find out at this strange but intriguing event.

When: 3:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Walking tours through the skyways start at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. They will take about 30 minutes.

Womens' Art Institute

Womens' Art Institute

Opening Reception: Work from the 2019 Women's Art Institute

Where it’s at: The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University

What it’s about: Recent participants of the 2019 Women’s Art Institute at St. Catherine University show what they’ve been working on as they’ve explored contemporary art practices through community, reflection, and practice.

Why you should go: This summer program provides an intensive experience for women of all ages to really dive into their own practice and work through discussion, critique, study, and tutoring. See this year’s participants flourish in this free exhibition.

When: 5-7 p.m. Saturday