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The Feminist: Opening Reception

  • Public Functionary 1400 12th Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, MN, 55413 United States (map)

Charles Philippe Jean Pierre: The Feminist

Minneapolis, MN—Public Functionary is pleased to announce The Feminist, a solo exhibition of recent works by Washington, DC-based artist Charles Philippe Jean Pierre, opening Friday, November 18th with a reception from 7pm-Midnight.


The Feminist will highlight 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 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.

The Feminist is curated by Jovan C. Speller, the newest addition to the PF team.


Charles Philippe Jean Pierre is a Haitian American artist originally from the South side of Chicago. He currently lives and works in Washington DC, with a studio at the well known 52 O Street Studios. 

Jean Pierre’s most tangible connections to his roots were the Haitian paintings and sculptures that filled his childhood home. Often overhearing passionate debates about abuses of power and the continuous state of regression in Haiti, the art on the walls were beautiful contradictions to the hopelessness of his homeland’s narrative. This contradiction between beauty and power, as a theme, is ever-present as a theoretical and methodical struggle within Jean Pierre’s work. 

Jean Pierre is a U.S. State Department Art in Embassies Artist whose work is in the permanent collection of U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin West Africa. He has had solo exhibitions at the Haitian Heritage Museum and Anacostia Art Center, has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and created public art murals across the globe. He was also named one of the Top 5 Arts Educators by the District of Columbia, is the National Arts Director for the Young and Powerful group, an adjunct professor at American University and holds a Masters of Arts from Howard University.