Rifle Sport Gallery

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Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery was an underground art space open from 1985 to 1988 in the Block E segment of Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was an important and groundbreaking venue for non-mainstream and punk-rock art in the Twin Cities.[1]

The gallery was founded in September 1985 by artist Colleen Barnett.[2] It was named after the defunct arcade (whose signage remained) which had previously occupied the space. The neighborhood around Block E attracted a broad cross-section of punks, artists, and musicians, and, because of the infamous bar Moby Dick's next door, was also notorious for attracting criminals, vagrants, and alcoholics.[3]

In the three years it was open, around 130 artists, musicians and performance artists used the space. Artists who exhibited work at Rifle Sport include Shannon Brady, Phillip Johnson, Michael Joo, Ruthann Godollei, Jan Elftman, Frank Gaard, Melissa Stang, W. Joe Hoppe, Julia Scher, The Slime Clowns (Zingo & Bloppo), Steve Grandel, Mann Hawks, and Robert Grassel. Bands that performed at the gallery include The Slime Clowns, The Swabs, Ting Kong, Lies Inc., and King Paisley.

The building that housed Rifle Sport was demolished with the rest of Block E in 1988. The gallery lived on after the demolition, moving near Loring Park, but closed after a year.

An unrelated local band, Rifle Sport, established their name in 1981.


  1. ^ Myrdahl, Tiffany Katherine Muller. Contested Spaces of Women's Sport. p. 75. 
  2. ^ "Ruthann Godollei: An Inventory of Her Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery Collection". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 
  3. ^ Aamodt, Britt (2010). Superheroes, Strip Artists, & Talking Animals: Minnesota's Contemporary Cartoonists. Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 17. 

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