May
3
  • DATE: Fri. May. 3, 2019
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts

Mark your calendars! Our Move the Crowd fundraiser is coming up on Friday, May 3, 2019. Join us for an evening of live art, performances, mingling with friends old and new, and delicious food and drinks.

Stay tuned and RSVP on Facebook for more information.

Mar
29
  • DATE: Fri. Mar. 29, 2019
  • TIME: 5:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Veronique Wantz Gallery

In conjunction with Artaxis, Veronique Wantz Gallery will hold a fundraiser at the reception for You Am I: A celebration of Modern Identity for JXTA through the sale of donated works by Artaxis members.

Exhibition Reception:

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 5PM – 8PM

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Sponsored by Artaxis, this venue-originated exhibition runs in conjunction with NCECA 2019. The exhibition will be on view from March 26March 30.

Curated by Louisa Vincent, Gallery Director, Veronique Wantz Gallery; Samuel Johnson, Artaxis Board Member and Professor of Art and Department Chair at College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, NCECA Member; and Juliane Shibata, Artaxis member.

For more information, visit the Veronique Wantz Gallery website.

About the Exhibit:

Step into this lively and colorful Utopia where class, race, sexuality, age, abilities, belief systems and gender, dance in all their beauty and complexities to a rhythmic beat of respect, tolerance and understanding.

Intermingled, intertwined, interfacing. In an age where we seek ideological purity, ‘You Am I’ examines how each of these facets of our identity can coexist in analogous ambiguity. How are these multiplicities embraced? Is there a singular thread that weaves across the identity landscape: binding, repairing? Is there a rise of fantastical individualism? Or does identity melt into a pool of punctuated homogeny? As the dance progresses, do we forget to notice? Our diversity becomes our unity as we sway forward to the beat of this neoteric revolution.

You am I, I am you, we are one.

Featured Artists:

Adam Chau, Blanca Guerra-Echeverria, Crystal Morey, John Byrd, Kensuke Yamada, Linda Swanson, Malcom Mobutu Smith, Natalia Albelaez, Raheleh Filsoofi, Steven Young Lee.

Feb
14
  • DATE: Thu. Feb. 14, 2019
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

 

MARA DUVRA
TO BE SEEN / TO BE MANIFOLD

On view in the 2007 Emerson Gallery February 11 to April 6, 2019

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) proudly presents the work of Minnesota-based visual artist Mara Duvra in the 2007 Emerson Gallery on view from February 11 to April 6, 2019. Her current body of work, Tending: meditations on interiority and blackness, is focused on centering softer visual representations of women of color, using poetic and ephemeral imagery to understand Blackness beyond public identities. This work addresses what it is to be hyper-visible and simultaneously unseen. The opening reception and artist talk will be held on Thursday, February 14: doors open at 6PM, and the artist talk will take place at 7PM. Gallery admission and all events are free and open to the public.

Tending is about the quiet and quotidian, the still and meditative. With photographic images, poetry, found objects, and small sculptural arrangements, Duvra creates an environment that encourages stillness and contemplation of interior landscapes. The installations and corresponding texts introduce wonder and imagination into the handling of black identities. In this project, Duvra uncovers poetic representations of tenderness, calm, and creativity in order to create a rich anthology of representations of blackness.

Opening Reception / Artist Talk:

Thursday, February 14
Doors: 6:00PM | Artist Talk: 7:00PM
Gallery Hours & Location: Monday–Thursday 10:00AM–4:00PM; 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

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About the Artist:

Mara Duvra is a visual artist and writer. Her research-based practice combines photography, poetry, and video to create installations that explore stillness and interiority as critical modes of self-study. Duvra’s current body of work, Tending, uses poetic and ephemeral imagery to understand Blackness beyond resistance or public identity. Originally from Maryland, Duvra received a BA in Studio Art and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her work has been featured in local galleries such as Soo Visual Arts Center, Public Functionary, and Yeah Maybe, and she was an Artist-In-Residence at The White Page. Duvra is currently a Jerome Emerging Artist Fellow, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative recipient, a curator at the Waiting Room at Gallery 71, and an instructor of painting and drawing at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School.

Artist website: http://www.maraduvra.com/

Feb
4
  • DATE: Mon. Feb. 4, 2019
  • TIME: 5:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Du Nord Craft Spirits

On Monday, February 4, $1 for every drink sold at Du Nord Craft Spirits will be donated to Juxtaposition Arts as part of their “Pour Some Back” initiative. Grab a delicious craft cocktail for a good cause!

News // January 22, 2019
BY: JXTA

MARA DUVRA
TO BE SEEN / TO BE MANIFOLD

On view in the 2007 Emerson Gallery February 11 to April 6, 2019

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) proudly presents the work of Minnesota-based visual artist Mara Duvra in the 2007 Emerson Gallery on view from February 11 to April 6, 2019. Her current body of work, Tending: meditations on interiority and blackness, is focused on centering softer visual representations of women of color, using poetic and ephemeral imagery to understand Blackness beyond public identities. This work addresses what it is to be hyper-visible and simultaneously unseen. The opening reception and artist talk will be held on Thursday, February 14: doors open at 6PM, and the artist talk will take place at 7PM. Gallery admission and all events are free and open to the public.

Tending is about the quiet and quotidian, the still and meditative. With photographic images, poetry, found objects, and small sculptural arrangements, Duvra creates an environment that encourages stillness and contemplation of interior landscapes. The installations and corresponding texts introduce wonder and imagination into the handling of black identities. In this project, Duvra uncovers poetic representations of tenderness, calm, and creativity in order to create a rich anthology of representations of blackness.

Opening Reception / Artist Talk:

Thursday, February 14
Doors: 6:00PM | Artist Talk: 7:00PM
Gallery Hours & Location: Monday–Thursday 10:00AM–4:00PM; 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

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About the Artist:

Mara Duvra is a visual artist and writer. Her research-based practice combines photography, poetry, and video to create installations that explore stillness and interiority as critical modes of self-study. Duvra’s current body of work, Tending, uses poetic and ephemeral imagery to understand Blackness beyond resistance or public identity. Originally from Maryland, Duvra received a BA in Studio Art and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her work has been featured in local galleries such as Soo Visual Arts Center, Public Functionary, and Yeah Maybe, and she was an Artist-In-Residence at The White Page. Duvra is currently a Jerome Emerging Artist Fellow, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative recipient, a curator at the Waiting Room at Gallery 71, and an instructor of painting and drawing at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School.

Artist website: http://www.maraduvra.com/

About Juxtaposition Arts:

Founded in 1995, Juxtaposition Arts develops community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power. JXTA’s work builds North Minneapolis’ cultural, financial, and social capital by training the local youth workforce in creative industries and investing in the equitable development of North Minneapolis and the West Broadway commercial corridor. JXTA offers free year-round arts learning programs for youth, community events, and jobs for teens in the core program JXTALabs. After completing the rigorous 12-week Visual Arts Literacy Training (VALT), youth aged 14-21 are eligible to apply for an apprenticeship in one of the JXTALab micro businesses. JXTA employs 70 young artists and 30 adult artists and staff annually. For more information, please visit www.juxtapositionarts.org.

Juxtaposition Arts’ current contemporary arts programs are made possible by a host of individual donors and the generous support of AchieveMPLS, Best Buy, Bush Foundation, General Mills Foundation, George Family Foundation, Harvard Club of Minnesota, The Kresge Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis City of Lakes, Minneapolis Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Otto Bremer Trust, Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Target, Twin Cities LISC, , and funded in part by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota November 4, 2008.

News // January 3, 2019
BY: JXTA

“It’s really an evolution of how you actualize the mission and extend it to more people…I hope that funders will see the potential, and know that it’s possible because [JXTA is] already doing the work”
Kate Wolford, McKnight Foundation President

 

We’ve just launched the largest initiative in our history: a $14 million capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art facility at our current location. A generous lead gift of $1.3 million from the McKnight Foundation ensures a jump-start into this campaign and into new territory. McKnight’s gift re-enforces our belief in our mission and demonstrates the value of what we do at Juxtaposition Arts. JXTA’s success is due to the continued advocacy from those in our many shared communities: this is what makes JXTA possible.

From left to right: McKnight Foundation Arts Program Director Vickie Benson, JXTA Chief Cultural Producer Roger Cummings, JXTA Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead and Development Associate Adrienne Doyle, JXTA Chief Executive Officer DeAnna Cummings, Textiles Lab Lead Ben Peterson, and McKnight Foundation President Kate Wolford.

We’re raising money to build a new facility, but this project is much more than raising funds for a building. The new structure on the corner of Emerson and Broadway will house new and expanded programs, employ new and seasoned artists and designers, and ensure young people have access to the arts for generations to come. This foundation will allow us to plant firm roots and to continue our place-making mission on solid footing as we move into this next phase of JXTA’s trajectory.

Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for their continued support. Together we’re building a secure and exciting future for JXTA.

To learn more or to get involved, contact Kevin Winge at kevin.winge@juxtaposition.org.

Video by Free Truth Media: https://www.freetruthmedia.com/

McKnight Foundation

News // December 18, 2018
BY: JXTA

Client: Este’s Funeral Home
Project: Funeral Home Fence Design

Team: Environmental Design Lab
Project Description: Este’s Funeral Home commissioned a set of decorative walls for a contemplative garden space in their new location on Penn and Plymouth. Working closely with the Estes family, the Environmental Design Studio created a nature-inspired perforation pattern in weathering steel to enhance the garden.

 

Client: Thor
Project: Thor HQ Facade Design

Team: Environmental Design Lab
Project Description: Two perforated stainless steel “murals”” were built for the Penn and Plymouth avenue facades of the new THOR HQ building, unveiled in 2018. The portraits celebrate the legacy of African Americans in Minnesota and their many important contributions to the state.

Detail of the Thor HQ stainless steel “mural”

News // December 14, 2018
BY: JXTA

We’re super excited to introduce “HeXtra” a modular-infinitely configurable-infinitely growable-super fun-public gathering-seating sculpture-scape. Public spaces. Work places. Your home. Yup, you buy it by the module. 100% of the profits will fund our programs for young artists and designers. Support JXTA artists AND make public gathering places all at the same time. HeXtra by JXTA + Lazor Office.

Custom colors available. Contact hello@lazoroffice.com for inquiries.


 

News // December 11, 2018
BY: JXTA

Thank you.

JXTA is alive with joy and energy as 2018 draws to a close. This year, our paid youth apprentices trained alongside professional artists to hone creative talents and work on real client projects. We hosted activists, international artists, and other creatives in our gallery space and JXTA Labs. And we launched a $14 million capital campaign for a new building. While we raise this money, a new skate-able art plaza will become a hub of activity for North Minneapolis in the summer of 2019.

Truth be told, it’s always a joyful time at JXTA. We’re creating art and we’re creating real jobs. Ultimately, we’re creating a more vibrant, equitable, socially connected, and economically sustainable world.

Wishing you much joy this season, and throughout the year.

DeAnna Cummings, Chief Executive Officer
Roger Cummings, Chief Cultural Producer

P.S. We raised $13,295 on Give to the Max Day to paint a new mural and we’re raising another $10,000 to complete it. If you can contribute to that effort, or make a general year-end contribution to JXTA, we would be very grateful.

 

Dec
4
  • DATE: Tue. Dec. 4, 2018
  • TIME: 5:30 pm
  • LOCATION: 1108 Space

Help us celebrate our Fall 2018 VALT students! Stop by 1108 W Broadway Avenue on December 4 to see the culmination of work created by young artists during this session. Students have worked on self-portraits, perspective drawing, and other introductory visual art skills, and will be showcasing their work during this open house. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, August 23, 6:00-7:00PM
Where: JXTA VALT space, 1108 W Broadway Avenue
Cost: Free
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About VALT:

Our Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program provides a comprehensive hands-on arts education for youth ages 12-21. This cost-free program is a prerequisite for young artists who wish to apply for a paid apprenticeship at JXTA in one of our five creative development studios. Learn more at juxtaposition.org.