Jan
23
  • DATE: January 25 - January 29
  • TIME: 25th @ 2pm, 27 & 29th 6:30-8pm
  • LOCATION: 2007 Emerson Ave North
    Minneapolis MN 55411

Film screening and discussion of  The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords hosted by Chaun Webster

Saturday, January 25, 2014 beginning at 2:00 pm.

Following the film  screening participants are invited to dialogue about the history and future of Black media, publishing and literature.

What is Literacy?  How have African Americans circumvented and subverted traditional education models?  How has the project of literacy been used as a tool of liberation in African American history? How have black American cultures developed alternative systems of writing, reading, and interpretation? What are the potential problems of the book object as it relates to the alternative systems of writing and reading developed by African descendant peoples?

The screening accompanies Steffani Jemison’s exhibition, Alphas Bet is Not Over Yet: a reading room and discussion space

Upcoming discussion groups:

Monday January 27th and Wednesday January 29th 2014
6:30 – 8:00 pm

All events at Juxtaposition Arts, Main Gallery, 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Join us for a public dialogue and discussion with Nate Young  about Jemison’s  work, that features 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.

Participants encourage to attend for the full time-span of the screening and discussion groups (1 1/2 to 2 hours). Limited seating available.  RSVP to nate@juxtaposition.org 

 

Alphas Bet is Not Over Yet is on view until January 31

Gallery Hours are:
Tuesday  – Thursday
10am – 5pm
Or by appointment (612) 588-1148

Chaun Webster is a Poet, Publisher and Graphic Designer in no particular order. Webster’s poetry finds its influences in the intersections of the Black Arts Movement and Jazz, the Concrete Poetry Tradition and Grafitti. July 2009 marked the launch of Free Poet’s Press, the small publishing company Webster began in order to create self-determining space for art production in Black and Brown communities. As guerrilla media FPP utilizes low-tech production methods and local distribution to disseminate radical ideas through the arts.

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.

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

News // November 21, 2013
BY: JXTA

VALT is a FREE program for youth participants with priority given to young people who live, go to school, or are otherwise connected to North Minneapolis.

Taught by accomplished adult artists, VALT provides a comprehensive hands-on arts education for youth 8-21 years old.  Students may participate in VALT over multiple years or use the training program as a pathway to employment in one of our apprenticeship studios. VALT is a required introductory program that youth must complete in order to be eligible to be hired for a paid apprentice position at JXTA.

Schedule

The winter/spring 12 week session of VALT begins January 7th – March 7th, 2014 and meets Tuesdays – Thursdays from 4:30 – 7:30pm.

Click here to download our VALT Program Flier.

Interested? Apply Now

You can begin the online application process here.

Questions?

Email Shelley Martin, Youth Engagement Coordinator at shelley@juxtaposition.org

Ideas, News // November 14, 2013
BY: JXTA

Genius Loci: Legacy of Change Youth Video Project   <<<<<  featuring youth, artists and alum from JXTA is a finalist for the Youthprise 2013 “Legacy of Change” video contest.  Created by filmmaker D. A. Bullock it gives a glimpse of the youth, artists and staff – faces and voices that make the magic happen at JXTA.

Invest in our legacy of change – donate to JXTA’s end of year Campaign >>  HERE.   Learn more about our work and how to get involved  >> HERE.  Together we develop and multiply our individual and collective genius.

Thank you THANK YOU!   

Photo of Namir (14 yrs) by Jahliah (17 yrs)

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News // September 23, 2013
BY: JXTA

Friday, September 27, 2013

6-9pm

at JXTA Artists’ Cooperative at 1108 W. Broadway in North Minneapolis, 55411

Join the 1108 Artists in a late summer studio crawl. Stroll through 9 Artist Studios while enjoying refreshments by Tabota Seyon of Right on Thyme Catering. Partake of cocktails, wine, beer and other non-alcoholic drinks. Check out our spaces and learn about the diversity of art forms represented in the co-op. Enjoy the delicious vibe of good music, good art, and good people at JXTA’s 1108 Artists’ Cooperative.

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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.

News // April 30, 2013
BY: DeAnna Cummings

Juxtaposition Arts was recently highlighted in Minnesota Public Radio’s Art Heroes series. I think Marianne Combs did a super job of capturing what Juxtaposition is all about. She got the essence — we’re not here to save “at-risk” youth in Minneapolis’ “troubled” Northside.  We don’t believe our youth need rescuing. They need to be inspired, supported, and connected to opportunities.  I love that the piece wasn’t just about Roger and I. It included voices of the diverse heroes at JXTA, artist teachers, youth, and alumni.  I especially love what Jeremiah Ellison had to say about his experience as a youth and artist teacher at JXTA “I think they do a really good job of not just saying, ‘Come here and feel good for the summer,’ but, ‘Come here and understand what your worth is. Put your talents together and don’t let anybody take it for granted, and don’t take it for granted yourself.’ ”  Read / Listen to the full story >>   HERE

MPR’s Jennifer Simonson put together a great photo gallery, too!   Check out the photos >> HERE

News // April 26, 2013
BY: DeAnna Cummings

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WCCO TV Recently made a visit to JXTA.

Reporter Colin Smith shares reflections on his visit in Positively Minnesota: Teaching Youth Life Through Arts.

While at JXTA, Colin toured the current Contemporary Arts Studio Gallery Exhibition, on display through June 6.

News // April 23, 2013
BY: DeAnna Cummings

One of the many reasons I love my job is that I get to work with some of the most talented, innovative, genuine people on the planet! Juxtaposition Arts teaching artists are the real deal. Doers who DO! They are all actively engaged in making art as well as sharing their knowledge and skills with the next generation.Two of our teaching artists – Caroline Kent and Nate Young — run their own exhibition space called The Bindery Projects. The energy and vitality they bring to their work at JXTA has everything to do with a commitment to their own artistic practice and their involvement in the broader contemporary art community. Nate and Caroline have the hot hand. They are blazing trails and widening the pathway so there is more space for everybody.

Stop by Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis’ Burnet Art Gallery to see their pieces in Works on Paper / 7 Artists on view through April 28th or visit The Bindery before April 27th to check out 4 Fragments a show of works by four interdisciplinary artists.

Work from Caroline Kent’s, Nate or Bindery show Image Caption:  Multimedia Artist, Nate Young Performace of XXXX at MN Museum of American Arts Grand Opening Weekend.

Multimedia Artist, Nate Young debuts his performance piece Closing no. 2 at MN Museum of American Arts Grand Opening Weekend.