Rifle Sport Gallery

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Rifle Sport Gallery was open from 1985 to 1988 in the Block E segment of Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, USA. It was considered an underground component of the Minneapolis art scene and is fondly remembered by many.

The gallery was located on the second floor of a 2-story building located at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and North Sixth Street, across Hennepin from City Center and upstairs from Shinder's Newsstand. The gallery was only accessible by a long flight of stairs, behind a blue entrance door on Hennepin Avenue. The gallery was near a busy pedestrian intersection that included a bus stop, activity on Block E, and passersby of the North Loop neighborhood in Minneapolis. The neighborhood attracted a broad cross-section of punks, artists, and musicians. Block E was also notorious for attracting criminals, vagrants, and alcoholics.

In the three years it was open, around 130 artists, musicians and performance artists used the space. Artists from around the USA had early work in this gallery. Rifle Sport Gallery was one of many galleries downtown, but it was often open late at night. The building that housed Rifle Sport was demolished with the rest of Block E in 1988. The gallery initially lived on after the demolition, moving near Loring Park, but was closed after a year.

The gallery was named after the defunct arcade (whose signage remained) which previously occupied the space. An unrelated local band Rifle Sport established their name in 1981.

Musicians[edit]

The Slime Clowns, The Swabs, Ting Kong, Lies Inc., King Paisley

Artists[edit]

Shannon Brady, Phillip Johnson, Michael Joo, Ruthann Goddellei, Jan Elftman, Frank Gaard, Melissa Stang, W. Joe Hoppe, Julia Scher, The Slime Clowns (Zingo & Bloppo), Steve Grandel, Mann Hawks, Robert Grassel

Mentions in Books[edit]

Flying Saucers Over Hennepin, by Peter Gelman

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