BY: JXTA
The Crisis

Installation at Juxtaposition Arts

What is writing? How has writing been used as a political instrument? What is literacy? How have African Americans circumvented and subverted traditional education models? How have black American cultures developed alternative systems of writing, reading, and interpretation? What is an archive? How are archives used?

Alphas Bet is Not Over Yet: A reading room and public discussion led by New York artist Steffani Jemison

Tuesday January 14th, Wednesday January 15th and Thursday January 16th 2014
4:30 – 7:30 pm @ Juxtaposition Arts, Main Gallery, 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Join us for a public dialogue and discussion with Steffani Jemison to explore her work, Alphas Bet is Not Over Yet, featuring hundreds of independent African American periodicals published during the 1920s and 1930s.  The workshops are inspired by the ideas of visionary theorist, artist, and rapper Ramellzee.  Rammellzee’s revolutionary idea that the alphabet is merely a bet—a gentleman’s agreement or a social contract—paved the way for our discussion of literacy, race, and power.

Participant spaces are filling fast
RSVP to nate@juxtaposition.org 

Exhibition
The Bindery Projects and Juxtaposition Arts are honored to present Alphas Bet Is Not Over Yet is an exhibition, reading room, and discussion space inspired by the energy and politics of radical, independent Black periodicals published during the first half of the twentieth century. 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.

Artist
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 published 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. She currently teaches at Parsons, New York, and Trinity College, Hartford.

Dec
23
  • 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

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 RacesThe Messenger: World’s Greatest Negro MonthlyOpportunity: 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

Oct
8
  • DATE: Tue. Oct. 8, 2013
JamelShabazz Back in the Days

Cover of “Back in the Days” by Jamel Shabazz

Jamel Shabazz  is in the Twin Cities this week conducting  photography workshops with local youth. Shabazz’s residency is hosted by One Minneapolis One Read and is one of a slate of programs that provide opportunities for every Minneapolis resident to join in a community conversation around a single book – “A Choice of Weapons” by Gordon Parks.

A public workshop with the artist will take place on Friday, October 11, 3:30-5:30p.m. at Juxtaposition Arts, 1108 West Broadway, North Minneapolis.  The workshop is free and open to all ages.  Just bring your camera or smartphone and RSVP to oneread@minneapolismn.gov or call (612) 673-2509.

About the Artist
Jamel Shabazz has been documenting ‘Urban Life’ for over 30 years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY he picked up his first camera at the age of 15 and proceeded to record the world around him. Jamel has drawn inspiration from the great James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Robert Capa, Chester Higgins and Eli Reed. The author of 3 monographs, ‘Back in the Days’, ‘The Last Sunday in June’ and ‘A Time Before Crack’, Jamel is presently working on his fourth book, entitled ‘The 90’s’In August 2013 BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) premiered Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer a film by Charlie Ahearn (the director of the seminal graffiti movie Wild Style)  which pays tribute to Shabazz’s work and legacy.  Check the film teaser here.

Two companion exhibitions of the works produced during the residency along side images by Parks will open on October 24, 2013:

Mill City Museum
October 24, 2013 to June 2014
Panel discussion and Opening Reception, October 24 at 7 p.m.

Juxtaposition Arts
October 24-December 1, 2013
Reception and Artist Talk with Jamel Shabazz, November 7 at  5 – 7 p.m.

Jul
23
  • DATE: July 26 - July 28

See, Do, Buy Art at JXTA

Friday, July 26, 6-8pm
1108 Artists Co-op Happy Hour hosted by Co-Op members  Chistopher Harrison (visual artist), Tabota Seyon (visual artist), Tiffany Roberson (hair braiding artist), Lakeisha Turbin (hair braiding artist),  Cassandra Darden (visual artist), David & Jamil of Mobilize Design (architects), Travis Lee (photographer), Kenna-Camara Cottman (choreographer) and Daniel Kerkhoff (visual artist)
@ 1108 W Broadway 2nd floor Co-op Studios

Movie in the Park “The Wiz”  showing in the D.A.R.K Cart
@ St. Satoko Pocket Park between JXTA and UHW on Emerson just North of West Broadway (Bring a blanket or lawn chair)

Saturday, July 27, 1-7pm  
@ 2007 Emerson Ave + 1108 W Bdwy + 1104 W Bdwy + St. Satoko Pocket Park

SEE: Art work exhibits >> TAKK* a performance by Kenna-Camara Cottman >> Sights & sounds of Evolution of Black Music by DJMal & VJUnc >> Presentations by JXTA Enviro Design Team >> 1108 Co-op Open Studios

DO: Make a Mosaic ($1) >>  Print a t-shirt (bring our own clean tee $5) >> take a button

BUY: Artwork >> limited edition FLOW + JXTA t-shirts (pre-printed tees $20)

Sunday, July 28, 1-6pm
Extended Gallery Hours: Artwork by JXTA apprentices & 1108 Co-op Artists
@ 2007 Emerson & 1108 West Broadway Co-op Studios.

*supported by the Jerome Foundation

For scheduling at other FLOW sites, maps, and shuttle information click HERE

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May
17
  • DATE: May 15-June 10, 2013
  • LOCATION: JXTA
    1108 W. Broadway Ave, 1st Fl.
    Minneapolis, MN 55411

Question Bridge: Black Males

Exhibit runs May 15-June 10, 2013

Opening Blueprint Round Table: Friday, May 17th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Too often when there is public conversation about “Black males” it’s in the context of a social problem.  Crime, absent fathers, underemployment. It’s a tired and incomplete narrative. You know how it goes. Dialogue is flattened out into a single dimension. Statistics and stereotype form a thin layer on the surface while more nuanced conversation about what it means to be a Black man in this culture remains just beneath the surface yet out of reach. That’s why we here at Juxtaposition Arts are excited to present Question Bridge: Black Males, an exhibition opening at our space on May 15 (next week!). We jumped at the opportunity to bring this nationally acclaimed exhibition to the Twin Cities.

“Art exhibition” doesn’t quite capture the totality of what Question Bridge: Black Males is, though. Maybe “catalyst” would be a better word. Question Bridge: Black Males is a video installation that threads together 1,500 conversations with Black men across the United States — that offers what the creators describe as a “more complex, multi-faceted, and whole images and narratives of Black males.” It asks us all to engage in more substantial conversations with and about Black men. Anyone who works with, employs, lives with or loves Black males will resonate with Question Bridge: Black Males.  We hope you’ll come out to the opening exhibition event Blueprint Round Table and participate in a multi-generational discussion with Question Bridge: Black Males co-creator Chris Johnson and a panel of Twin Cities Black males ages 14-65.

Exhibition Gallery Hours:
Tues, Weds, Thurs
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Other hours by request
Contact Nate@juxtaposition.org (612)588-1148 to schedule a visit

Learn more about the national Question Bridge project >> HERE

Juxtaposition Arts is honored to present Question Bridge: Black Males in partnership with the Office of Equity and Diversity at Minneapolis Public Schools and the Department of African American and African Studies at UMN.

Jan
31
  • DATE: Thu. Jan. 31, 2013
  • TIME: 5-7pm
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts Gallery

Using images of the 1960’s track and field star, Wilma Rudolph, and a 4 dimensional cube, called a tesseract, along with religious iconography of saints, Kent posits the ways in which the past and the future are potentially folded into an wide open present.  Images in Kent’s work are doubled, reversed, and repeated as they are juxtaposed within and throughout the hypercube fragments. What becomes of peak interest in the work is the reformatting of historical imagery and the formal shift that happens from one work to the next.

The exhibition includes a collection of works on paper, a series of smaller scale paintings and 3 large-scale paintings. A small edition catalog with writing by Walker Art Center Curatorial Fellow Yesomi Umolu will be printed in conjunction with the exhibition.

Caroline Kent lives and works in the Twin Cities. She is a 2009 Jerome Fellow and a Recipient of the MN Artist Initiative Grant. She is co-founder of the Bindery Projects, a local artist run exhibition space founded in 2012. More recently she is a 2012-13 Creative City Making grant recipient and has an exhibition in the fall at Elephant, in Los Angeles, CA. Caroline has been a lead instructor at Juxtaposition Arts since 2004.