Public Functionary: A new Northeast Minneapolis art space


I get invited to events occasionally, and while I pride myself on being a house hermit I try to get out every now and then to catch something new. This time I will be attending another press preview on the 18th of April at the recently opened Public Functionary for their very first exhibition.

I remember first hearing about Public Functionary on Facebook and Twitter in October 2012 when they began an ambitious Kickstarter campaign to raise $30K in 30 days and word spread like wildfire across the social media sphere. Well, they clearly reached their goal because now we all have an exciting new public art space within the Northeast Minneapolis creative community. I’m always thrilled to see those within the local art scene expending and creating more opportunities for art viewing. I can’t wait to see the 2,800-square-foot space and how they utilized it for the exhibition; I’m excited to ask questions and learn more about the content of the work; and I definitely can’t wait to eat pizza (and that isn’t me rambling incoherently, the media preview is also a pizza party). Here’s a bit of information on the show which opens to the public on the 20th.

Please join Public Functionary for its inaugural exhibit: VICTORY featuring the work of Chicago-based contemporary artist Carlos Rolon, better known as DZINE—whose ghetto, baroque, bling, and psychedelic influences meld in a playfully ironic way—creating work that ranks among the most unique in American contemporary art today. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 with a public reception and runs through May 31st, 2013. Carving out space for itself within the Twin Cities art landscape, Public Functionary selects artists that a diverse audience will respond to, and art that engages with various communities. Based on this philosophy, the 2013 exhibit schedule includes local and national artists in an effort to bring greater exposure to artists and broader-reaching art experiences for the audience.

Opening Reception

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Exhibit runs through May 31st, 2013

That’s all you get for now—I don’t want to spoil anything, and if you want any more details then you’re going to have to check out the show for yourself. From what I’ve heard Public Functionary is planning on six exhibitions per year, featuring art that engages with various communities and embraces diversity. The yearly exhibition schedule includes local, national and international artists in an effort to bring greater exposure to these artists and create vast and varied experiences for the audience. They are striving to craft a space for artists to share their work for the benefit of community outreach, within and beyond the growing and relevant Minneapolis art scene. Based on an evolving presentation of exhibition experiences developed with artists under thoughtful curatorial influence; their objective is to share visual art in a way that encourages understanding, knowledge and openness.

I’m grateful and honored to be invited to Public Functionary’s first exhibition, and I think they will make a great addition to our vibrant art community.