News // April 22, 2019

Tats Cru Residency at Juxtaposition Arts: April 26–May 4, 2019


We’re stoked to welcome back Bronx-based graffiti artists Tats Cru (Bio, Nicer, BG183) to Minneapolis as our Spring invited Artist in Residence from April 26–May 4, 2019. During their residency, Tats Cru will complete an 840 square foot (60’ x 14’) mural to serve as a backdrop for the forthcoming skate-able art plaza on the JXTA campus, made possible in part by a generous gift from Wet Paint. In addition to completing this mural, Tats Cru will also host the first Minneapolis gallery exhibition of their work. Their exhibition, Live from New York, will be on view in the 2007 Emerson Gallery from May 3–June 29, 2019. The exhibition will open on Friday, May 3, as part of our third annual Move the Crowd Fundraiser (tickets still available here!).

Tats Cru Return to Minneapolis

This is Tats Cru’s first visit to Minneapolis since a local residency in 2011. During that visit, they completed two murals around the Juxtaposition Arts campus. A mural at the JXTA campus gateway proclaims “Welcome to North Minneapolis” on the exterior Western-facing wall of 1808 Emerson Avenue North (where JXTA’s Textiles & Screen Printing, Environmental Design, and Graphic Design Labs are currently housed). Another mural depicting JXTA’s 2018 Bruner Loeb Forum conference “Putting Creativity to Work” decorated the exterior Eastern-facing wall of JXTA’s now-demolished building on the corner of Emerson Avenue North and West Broadway Avenue.

“Welcome to North Minneapolis” by Tats Cru, 2011.


“Putting Creativity to Work” by Tats Cru, 2011.


Now, Tats Cru will return to Minneapolis to complete another mural on the Juxtaposition Arts campus. The JXTA team is in the process of preparing the corner of Emerson and Broadway for a semi-permanent skate-able art plaza that will be open to the public in the summer of 2019, a project executed in collaboration with our partners City of Skate. The mural’s design will be inspired by community input; throughout the last several months, we’ve asked folks in JXTA’s neighborhood to nominate heroes and sheroes they’d like to see depicted in the mural. A brand-new custom-designed and community-focused mural will ensure the space is a fresh, vibrant, and unique space for visitors. Plus, the JXTA campus will be open to the public so visitors can have a chance to see Tats Cru’s mural painting process during their residency on April 29th & 30th (pending weather conditions).

The skate-able plaza and mural will activate the lot where JXTA’s programs were previously housed and hold the space while together with our community we raise $14 million for a state-of-the-art facility that will ensure access to our work for generations to come.

Tats Cru will create a custom mural for this blank wall which will serve as a backdrop for our forth-coming skate-able art plaza. Click here to watch our progress via an Earthcam from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. 


Work on the forthcoming skate-able art plaza began on April 15, 2019!

Gallery Exhibit

The gallery exhibit, Live from New York, will be on view May 3–June 29, 2019 and features new original paintings from Bio, BG183, and Nicer. Their work makes use of “complex and intricate wild styles” as well as a dramatic palette of color. As both individuals and a collective, Tats Cru has shown their work nationally and internationally including with the Smithsonian Institution, The Bronx Museum, and The BOX Gallery Guangzhou. They have created ad campaigns for McDonalds, Coca Cola and MTV and they have also given lectures about their work across a range of informal and academic institutions. We are excited to show work that intersects with JXTA’s origins and the organization’s ongoing mission to engage with contemporary artists working across a broad spectrum of practices and places.

Join Us!

On view May 3–June 29, 2019
Open gallery hours with Tats Cru: Saturday, May 4, 3:00-5:00PM
Gallery hours: 10:00AM–4:00PM, Monday–Thursday, and by appointment (612-588-1148)
2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Friday, May 3, 2019
Doors: 6:00PM
2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Tickets available here.

Monday, April 29, 2019 Time TBA and date subject to change pending weather conditions
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Time TBA and date subject to change pending weather conditions
Corner of Emerson Avenue North and West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411

From left to right: Bio, Nicer, BG183 of Tats Cru. Photo: Martha Cooper.


Thank you to our partners for helping make these events and residency possible: