|Franklin Art Works to Sell Building and Relocate (22.7.2013)|
Following an extraordinary 13-year tenure presenting over 140 solo exhibitions featuring new work by artists from around the world, Franklin Art Works' board of directors and I have decided to sell our 10,000-square foot facility and suspend exhibition programming for several months at the close of our current exhibitions on August 10, 2013. Franklin will reopen in a new Minneapolis location to be announced in the coming months.
When Franklin Art Works opened on November 20, 1999, it was the only non-profit in the Twin Cities devoted to presenting an annual series of solo exhibitions. Further, Franklin was in the vanguard of a rising national alternative space movement that saw venues open with similar missions in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and San Francisco.
Over the years we have played a pivotal role in advancing artists careers, including early solo projects by Rob Fischer, Aaron Spangler, Santiago Cucullu, Aïda Ruilova, Jacob Kassay, Shinique Smith, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Kehinde Wiley, Nicola López and Zak Smith. We also brought major mid-career artists to Minnesota for the first time including Ghada Amer, Uta Barth, Wangechi Mutu, Christian Marclay, Paul Chan and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle - among many other significant exhibitions.
Moving forward, I will work with Franklin's board of directors to focus on re-imagining our exhibition programming for an eventual new facility and in response to the changing needs of artists and new directions within the alternative space field.
This is an exceptional opportunity to embrace what we have done best and consider new ways we can support the work of artists and promote the cause of contemporary art.
I am as proud of our current exhibitions with Njideka Akunyili and Demetrius Oliver as I was of the first with Rob Fischer - and every project in between. Franklin has been a consistent platform to advance the careers of artists and to promote the present moment in contemporary art. The future holds great promise for us to continue this commitment in a new space.
Franklin's board and I are profoundly grateful to everyone who has supported, believed in, participated in, led, championed and celebrated Franklin Art Works - in particular the over 140 artists who have transformed and defined our organization with their talent and vision. You have all left an indelible presence with us, and we hope Franklin has done the same for you. We look forward to working together as we transition to a new space in 2014.
Please join us on SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 from 6 to 8pm for a closing celebration that will mark the final day of exhibition programming at our 1021 East Franklin Avenue facility, and celebrate 13 years of arts programming.
Franklin Art Works
1021 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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