Minnesota Street Project
For San Francisco art lovers, 2016 was a banner year. While the reveal of the renovated SFMOMA
made national news, the almost simultaneous opening of an innovative arts complex in the industrial Dogpatch neighborhood nearly stole the show. Deborah and Andy Rappaport—a retired venture capitalist—conceived of the Minnesota Street Project as a way to resuscitate the city’s art scene. In a city where high rents were driving artists away, MSP offered a modern, affordable shared space for galleries to show, artists to work, and even collectors to store their works. The Rappaports built it, and the people came. Opening night saw thousands of art lovers waiting in a line that wrapped around half a dozen massive industrial blocks. And the hype was well-deserved. Today the main two-story exhibition space houses 13 galleries, including Altman Siegel, Rena Bransten, Ever Gold Projects, and the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts. The building— a former furniture warehouse—was stunningly renovated and redesigned by Jensen Architects (the masterminds behind the renovation of another white-hot arts destination: the David Ireland house). Come for weekend brunch at Heena Patel’s new Indian-Californian restaurant Besharam, located on site, and stay for proof that the arts are alive and well in San Francisco.