March 19 2020
6:00 pm

Invited Curator: William Cordova – Opening Reception

“Space, like language, is socially constructed; and like the syntax of language, the spatial arrangements of our buildings and communities reflect and reinforce the nature of gender, race, and class relations in society. The uses of both language and space contribute to the power of some groups over others and the maintenance of human inequality” 


– Leslie Kanes Weisman (Discrimination by Design: A Feminist Critique of the Man-made Environment, 1994)  


 JXTA is excited to present an exhibition organized by visiting curator William Cordova. The works selected represent four generations of South Florida artists whose practice is informed and rooted in the geography, community, and multicultural diversity of the region. These are artists who have endured and evolved as South Florida has changed, and yet still transcend the boundaries of expectation. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the prism of South Florida art through sculpture, painting and drawing. The works are derived from many different parts of the region and utilize a variety of concepts and scale. 


Exhibition on view March 19 – April 25, 2020



Featured artists include: the late Purvis Young, the first real home-grown talent whose prolific and complex work gained international critical acclaim well before the 2000s; Karen Rifas, whose expansive site-specific ephemeral installations have been a trademark and influence on the ever-evolving local scene since the 1970s; Juana Valdes, whose work has been included in various biennials, including the Havana and SITE Santa Fe Biennials; Onajide Shabaka, a visual artist, anthropologist, botanist, writer, and cultural practitioner whose artistic contributions, depth, and influence in South Florida are unending.  

These are only a few of the many practitioners whose works will be highlighted in this glimpse of a Southern Florida collective. 


Questions? Email or call 612.599.1148



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.