Best New Art Space

Minnesota Street Project

The night Minnesota Street Project opened its doors, a round-the-block line celebrated this much-needed new space. This sleek-yet-massive (35,000 square feet!) warehouse in the Dogpatch offers a crucial lifeline to the arts in a city that is increasingly inhospitable to its creative class. Unlike a museum with a focused curatorial vision, the MSP (as it's known) houses 12 separate galleries, each featuring its own unique microcosm — from contemporary video art to sculpture to heavyweight photography. For the socially inclined, people-watching reigns in a large gathering space with open trusses, steel, and oversized stairs. Beyond the visual delights, it's also home to below-market-rate artist studios and a future Daniel Patterson restaurant. A one-stop shop, indeed.

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