7 p.m., Varsity Theater,1308 4th St. S.E., Minneapolis; 612-604-0222; $15.
THEATER & PERFORMANCE
7:30 p.m., The Loading Dock Theater, 509 N Sibley St., Saint Paul; 612-874-9321; $14-$28.
Printmaking from Soviet Estonia
censored. That was the case with “major” art forms like painting and
writing, at least, but the apparatchiks largely ignored printmaking. In
retrospect this seems ironic, given how the medium is suited to mass
production and has a history as a tool of dissent. That’s exactly the
point of this exhibition; culled from a collection at Rutgers
University, its forty-one works from 1922–91 range from the surreal
folk art of Jüri Arrak to the geometrical abstractions of Leonhard
Lapin and Raul Meel—clear evidence of how artists in this medium
persisted and even thrived under the radar of state-sanctioned
Socialist Realism. The exhibit’s highlight and its clearest critique of
force-fed Russian culture are Vello Vinn’s scathing, Ernst-like
photomontages. The show runs simultaneously with (and is fittingly
located a floor beneath ) an exhibit of Russian Impressionism. —Christopher Hontos
Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-821-9045.