DATE: December 16, 2013-February 28, 2014
LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts & The Bindery Projects
The Bindery Projects and Juxtaposition Arts are pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions by New York based artist Steffani Jemison on view through February 2014.
Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet – installation view photograph by Naho Kubota
Alphas Bet Is Not Over Yet (at Juxtaposition Arts) is an exhibition, reading room, and discussion space. The centerpiece of the project is an interactive newsstand display featuring complete reproductions of periodicals published between 1920 and 1940, including The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races; The Messenger: World’s Greatest Negro Monthly; Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life; and The Crusader. The installation is designed to encourage browsing of the materials and provides space for both concentrated reading and conversation. Borne out of “Book Club” (2010), a think tank and reading group organized by Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus for Project Row Houses, Houston, Alpha’s Bet investigates approaches to language, the written word, self-education, and democratic distributions of knowledge. In an era marked by expanding digital networks and an abundance of information, the project seeks to bring together people in physical space, around a physical set of materials, not only to make this information accessible but also to offer it in a way that is intelligible, discussable, and useable toward new ends.
“What is most striking about this exhibition is that you can pick up any one of the 150 periodicals and flip open to find a story about the struggles and experiences of Black Americans and if you didn’t know the story was from the 1920s or 1930s, you’d think it was written today,” says Nate Young the show’s curator.
Stroke (at The Bindery Projects) includes a series of new works on clear film, some pinned directly to the wall and others projected as handmade slides. When she arrived, he was knee-deep in oils. Informed by research into the representation of fine artists in street fiction novels, the work in the exhibition also extends Jemison’s investigation of sequence: the relation between part and part. You make it look so easy. Subjecting painted, printed, and photographic gestures to clinical repetition, Jemison uses reproduction as a lens through which to understand narrative and political stasis. You are the masterpiece, son.
Steffani Jemison is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her videos, archival projects, installations, and mixed media works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, LAXART, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Laurel Gitlen, Team Gallery, and other venues. Recent performances, screenings, readings, and lectures include the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) and the Menil Collection (Houston). In 2009, Steffani founded Future Plan and Program, a publishing project featuring literary work by visual artists; the press will publish its eighth book in 2013. Steffani has participated in artist residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, Project Row Houses, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an MFA in Studio from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Juxtaposition Arts is located at:
2007 Emerson Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Gallery Hours are:
Tuesday – Thursday
10am – 5pm
Or by appointment (612) 588-1148
The Bindery Projects is located at:
708 Vandalia Street 4th floor
Saint Paul, MN, 55114
Gallery Hours are:
Monday: 10am – 4pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm
and by appointment