FLEXIBLE SPACE —–> Public Functionary will be on a short summer break from regular programming, i.e. PF curated exhibitions and Friday Takeovers. We will be back in the Early Fall with a kick-ass exhibition season. In the meantime, we’re handing the space over for community use. This allows for broader access to the gallery space for diverse communities… and the essential growth of our network. We’re pleased to share upcoming #PFsummer OPEN SPACE events…



[JULY 25] “All Boredoms Amused” – Safe Jazz  filming of a live multi-media performance

Safe Jazz is a Minneapolis based instrumental trio comprised of Jesse Schuster, Arlen Peiffer, and Eric Mayson. Having played together for years as Caroline Smith’s rhythm section, Safe Jazz explores new sonic terrain influenced by hip hop, found sound, and collage. On July 25th, Safe Jazz will be filming a live multi-media performance inspired by digital americana, entitled ”All Boredoms Amused”.

July 25th  FREE
With additional performances by
Adam Wozniak & Jonathan Kaiser

Followed by a DJ set by
Caroline Smith

Doors at 8:00
Performance at 9:00
Filming at 9:30

As this is a live filming, please RSVP here:




The MN4MN Blank Canvas Project aims to explore the intersection of art, design, fashion and photography. The project invited 13 local Twin-Cities artists and photographers to collaborate on a showcase of inspiration and creativity.

By expanding the role of sneakers from utilitarian fashion accessory to artistic inspiration to art itself, we reconsider an everyday item as art, encouraging appreciation for the art and craft that also informs the creation of fashion.

The final project involved 2 stages. In the first stage, 13 well known Minnesota visual artists were given a pair of sneakers. The question posed to all of them began at the same starting point. “What does this object represent, to you… and what does it inspire?” There were no limits to the final form of the object, the invitation is open to imagination and creativity. The outcome represents the many paths and outcomes by unique creative minds, starting from the same point. In a second stage, the finished sneaker art objects were passed off to 13 Minnesota photographers who were invited to photograph the remixed/recreated artist created sneaker objects into a fine art photograph. There were also no limits here to what and how the photographer chooses to capture the sneakers. The final sneaker art objects and photographs will be exhibited and on sale during the opening reception.

Artists include Aaron Brand, Adetomiwa Gbadebo, Christina Ridolfi, Corban Lundborg, Hilary Greenstein, Jendayi Berry, Jennifer Davis, John Alspach, Jordan Hamilton, Kate Renee, Shelly Mosman, Ta Coumba-Aiken, and Yuya Negishi.

Photographers include Chris McDuffie, Heather Byington, Jake Armour, Jayme Halbritter, Jeff Johnson, Jill Emmer, Kyle Liberman, Nick Gallop, Paul Johnson, Sarah White, Shelly Mosman, Tom Sadowski, and William Clark.

Event will include music by DJ Chuck Chizzel.

Thursday, July 30th 6pm-10pm




[JUNE 26] “CONSTANT” – environmentVEVO: An Installation by Harry Sutherland

Public Functionary is pleased to present the next one-night-only event in the ongoing #PFsummer Series: environmentVEVO: An Installation by Harry Sutherland.


In environmentVEVO, 17-year old visual artist and videographer Harry Sutherland both explores and critiques the state of his own medium and the corporate culture that feeds off of it. With well over a million views attributed to his own brand of low-fi music video work for artists such as Corbin (Spooky Black) and Allan Kingdom, Sutherland flips the proverbial bird to big business and their exploitation of the creative class.

Within the environmentVEVO installation, Sutherland examines the modern day music video as a branded utopian social function. He appropriates corporate marketing strategies, creating a scenario that ironically explores how concepts such as product placement and integrated marketing use music as a promotional canvas. In environmentVEVO, the group Rae Sremmurd acts as this canvas, presenting themselves under a thinly veiled corporate aesthetic deliberately designed to convey much more than just music.

More of an experience than a traditional exhibit, the environmentVEVO installation consists of sculptural elements, projections, post-net art and hardcore punk-inspired posters, vinyl stickers, a sound installation (created collaboratively with producer Psymun) and lighting elements that include black lights, LED strips and lasers.


Friday, June 26th, 2015
7pm-10pm // FREE
DJ Set by Corbin

Public Functionary
1400 12th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413


[JUNE 12] “CONSTANT” – A Teen Curated Contemporary Exhibit and Magazine Launch

Brought to you by flux magazine – a gallery show to exhibit collaborative art by flux magazine editors, Ellie Brown and Shanti Moreano, art from artists who will be featured in ISSUE 02, and some local and international art dealing with modern identity, communication, and transportation. The art will show how the evolution of identity, communication, and transportation, and their definitions, effect and evoke emotional responses from society. It will also focus on how brands and digital communication manipulate our identities and how they have become familiar emotional images.

A night of distributing ISSUE 01 and ISSUE 02 in print, food, and live music. come to see some art, make connections, and further create a progressive, contemporary art community.

Ellie Brown and Shanti Moreano,
Ilja Karilampi
Harry Sutherland
Pascal Petrus
Fernando Palomino
David Johanson
Joseph Smith
Jae Shin Cross, Martin Niklas Weiser
and RAFiA

falls ( and drk (

malcolm jamison


[JUNE 19] Greenroom Magazine Issue 004 Release Party

A celebration of the release of greenroom’s fourth print issue, in partnership w/ visual curators q+a. the first 50 ppl receive a limited edition tote bag w/ magazine, custom buttons, patches, stickers and a few other cool things that are too cool to mention here.

Dj sets by:
+ tiiiiiiiiiip
+ p.o.s.
+ doc mckinney (father / life coach of thestand4rd)
+ su na