The Guthrie Theater announced it has partnered with Juxtaposition Arts – a teen-staffed creative development agency in North Minneapolis – to host a gathering in celebration of the light-based art installation “Luminous Current,” which is on display on the Guthrie’s top floor.

The reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Aug. 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pohlad Lobby on Level Nine. The evening will include a pop-up boutique of artwork by Juxtaposition Arts, a brief video presentation and a facilitated question and answer session with the artists.

In 2018, the Guthrie received an Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board with the intention of fostering relationships between the theater and nonprofit organizations in North Minneapolis. As a result, the Guthrie collaborated with Juxtaposition to produce a work of art that was influenced by the theater’s physical location and surroundings – in particular, the waters of the Mississippi River.

Artist apprentices D’Angelo Raymond and Temesgen Besha worked under the guidance of lead designers and architects Niko Kubota and Sam Ero-Phillips and collaborated with others, including Minneapolis-based Solid Metal Arts and Juxtaposition Arts Chief Cultural Producer Roger Cummings. Raymond and Besha were inspired by the Guthrie’s unique position between the Mississippi River and downtown Minneapolis and designed the piece to mirror the color and motion of the water and reflect the architecture of the neighborhood.

The Guthrie has previously teamed up with Juxtaposition to design show-related merchandise, host live artist sessions during Guthrie events and provide personalized backstage tours that connect local youth with Guthrie artists. Juxtaposition Arts’ 80-plus youth apprentices and artist staff members have produced a variety of work in public and private spaces throughout the Twin Cities.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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