PAST EXHIBIT: Nov 20 – Dec 4

The Feminist will highlight Charles Phillipe Jean Pierre’s interdisciplinary art practice, featuring a selection of acrylic and mixed media paintings, an installation, and a performance. The Feminist is a snapshot of Jean Pierre’s examination of contemporary literature, feminism, privilege, and power. As the artist navigates questions of race, gender and equality, he explores what it means be a feminist as a black man in American culture. Stylistically stepping aside from his known language of graffiti-like line-work, brush strokes, and bold color, Jean Pierre adopts a more subtle palette in abstract acrylic paintings and thick layers of high contrast mixed media works on canvas. Jean Pierre begins to make space for balance, feminine energy, nurturing and integrity. He uses integration and overlapping of color, texture, and imagery, further depicting his process, methodology and reconciliations. This body of work can also be viewed as a visual documentation of a shift or expansion of thought. With The Feminist Jean Pierre illustrates his process of internalizing a movement and activating his individual agency, connecting personal intention to mass activism.

Jean Pierre is a Haitian American artist originally from the South side of Chicago, IL. He currently lives and works in Washington DC, with a studio at the well known 52 O Street Studios. The Feminist is curated by Jovan C. Speller, the newest addition to the PF team.

Following the opening reception, Public Functionary will host Disrobing Masculinity: An Artist Talk and Discussion on November 19, 2016 at 1pm.

Disrobing Masculinity: A conversation moderated by Tricia Heuring, Director/Curator for Public Functionary, and featuring artist Charles Philippe Jean Pierre; Jovan C. Speller, curator for The Feminist; Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara, writer and anthropologist; and Malanda, poet and author of Because of a Woman.

Using Jean Pierre’s artwork as a backdrop, this conversation will focus on dismantling ideas of power within contemporary social and political patriarchy. We will discuss a history of continued objectification of women, with a focus on women of color, and contemporary feminist theory. Panelists will respond to questions about varying archetypes of masculinity; the importance of using artistic and aesthetic representations as a catalyst to shift a society into promoting gender equality; and the ways in which men can contribute to just and nurturing communities.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.