Humanly Possible: The Empathy Show – Gallery show uses art to give empathy a shot in the arm

Alarmed by social trends, Instinct Art Gallery’s director assembled an exhibition that’s all about seeing through the eyes of others.

The ability to see through the eyes of another is a quality that Thoreau once described as miraculous. A new show at Instinct Art Gallery in Minneapolis hopes to inspire that kind of empathy in everyday life.

Gallery director John Schuerman knows that humans sometimes shut off their empathy, because he catches himself doing it. He regularly walks down Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis to work. Over the years the street has become increasingly populated by homeless people asking for handouts.