March 19 2020
6:00 pm

CANCELED: penumbras: sacred geometries – Opening Reception


Due to concerns surrounding Covid-19 and for the safety and health of our artists, students, staff, and visitors, we are canceling the upcoming exhibition ‘penumbras: sacred geometries.’ We are saddened in having to make this decision and were looking forward to hosting visiting cultural practitioner william cordova as well as featured artists Yanira Collado and Onajide Shabaka, but due to the nature of the exhibition and artwork, as well as the amount of travel that would have been required by the artists and curator, we have decided to take the utmost precaution and cancel both the exhibition and opening reception (scheduled for March 19, 2020).


Keep an eye out for more information about upcoming exhibitions in the JXTA Gallery.


Original exhibition information:

penumbra | pəˈnəmbrə | noun (plural penumbrae | -brē, -brī | or penumbras) the partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object • in astronomy: the shadow cast by the earth or moon over an area experiencing a partial eclipse • the less dark outer part of a sunspot, surrounding the dark core.

Origins: mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Latin paene ‘almost’ + umbra ‘shadow’.


We’re excited to welcome visiting cultural practitioner william cordova as he presents the exhibition penumbras: sacred geometries, on view in the JXTA Gallery March 19 – April 25, 2020. penumbras is focused on two South Florida artists, Yanira Collado (Dominican Republic) and Onajide Shabaka (US). Their practices incorporate the ideology of sacred geometries to form structures and landscapes, and which allude to the body and consciousness.  Like artists Nasreen Mohamedi, Rammellzee, and Dr. John Biggers, both Collado and Shabaka’s works are deeply rooted in mathematic principles that create and relate the intersectional points that bond all human beings.


Yanira Collado and Onajide Shabaka will create a site-specific installation at the Juxtaposition Arts Gallery. Onajide Shabaka is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes storytelling through short narrative films and expansive installations drawing organic materials from the natural world. Yanira Collado’s work is rooted in the synthesis of African fractals, slave quilts, and geometric concepts. Her work produces and highlights the complexity of abstraction as a non-western narrative rooted in African tradition.


“to make a place to retain the metaphysical knowledge which the person had mastered in his lifetime”

― Robert Lawlor (Sacred Geometry: Philosophy & Practice)



Onajide Shabaka / installation, video, drawing, shrines
Yanira Collado / installation drawing, painting, sculpture


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The JXTA Gallery hosts exhibitions by local, national, and international visiting artists, as well as collections of work created by JXTA youth apprentices. The Gallery’s activities uplift, support, and provide a platform for local and regional emerging and established artists, prioritizing the work of people of color and artists from other marginalized communities.  


Juxtaposition Arts’ exhibition programs are made possible by a host of individual donors and the generosity of the following program and general operating funders: AchieveMPLS, Bush Foundation, the General Mills Foundation, George Family Foundation – Next Generation Fund, The Kresge Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Otto Bremer Trust, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru Share the Love Campaign, 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.