The Soap Factory records
Scope and Content Note
Production records in this collection contain press clippings, press releases, artist submissions, and installation instructions relating to the curation and promotion of exhibits held at the gallery. This includes materials relating to events such as the Art Shanty, a local temporary art community project, and the Haunted Basement, a haunted house created annualy by Soap Factory staff, volunteers, and local artists. In addition, the collection includes a large amount of audio visual materials, the bulk of which appear in MiniDV format. Documenting exhibits and artist interviews, the audio/visual collection also contains a substantial number of tapes from the Soap Factory Gallery 4, a video series showcasing various artists exhibited at the gallery. The collection also includes a small collection of oversize material and ephemera from The Soap Factory, including posters, press clippings, exhibit pieces, and other mementos.
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Restrictions on Access
The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.
Restrictions on Use
Copyright is retained by the copyright holders.
The Soap Factory is a visual art gallery founded in 1989 in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis. Located in the former historic National Purity Soap Company building, this gallery houses the largest independent contemporary art exhibits in the Twin Cities. First known as the “No Name Gallery”, and then “No Name Exhibitions”, the Soap Factory provides a space for artistic creativity, expression, and innovation. The Soap Factory is a 501©(3) non-profit organization, and supports artists with funding and exhibition space. The gallery is strongly committed to showcasing emerging visual art, as well as providing a space for performance art. Priding itself on an artist-centered experience, the Soap Factory is dedicated to engaging artists and the local community alike through the showcase of contemporary art in a historic environment.
12 Linear Feet (19 boxes)
Collection contains exhibit and event posters, administration files, production and publicity materials, and audio visual recordings.
The collection is organized into four series:
The collection was donated to the Peforming Arts Archives by The Soap Factory in 2014.
The collection was processed and finding aid written by Carley Ruemmele, 2015, with generous support from Creative Heritage Initative donors.
- Art -- Galleries and museums Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Art, Modern -- 21st century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Performance spaces Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- The Soap Factory
- Soap Factory records
- The Soap Factory
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