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Disruption Takes A Look At Tumultuous Change and Disorder at JCTC

Disruption Takes A Look At Tumultuous Change and Disorder at JCTC(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Allison Remy Hall, a Jersey City art curator known for politically provocative gallery shows is curating the art exhibition for Disruption, the new series presented by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC), which opens March 31st and closes June 9th. Disruption is about our current era of rapid and tumultuous change: from the environment and climate to industries and social systems, we live in a time of constant disorder.

JCTC presents thematic series that through visual arts, theatre, readings, performances and music, explore issues global in scope yet relevant to the community. The upcoming JCTC series examines what is being lost, what is being gained and how these upheavals are impacting individuals, communities and culture.

Disruption features more than a dozen events, mainly on weekends, including the first ever JCTC shows at White Eagle Hall (a complete schedule will be available soon). Like all JCTC series, Disruption features an art show in the gallery at Meresles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. The March 31st Disruption opening is the first public viewing of the new exhibition and includes an artist reception and Talk-Back  as well as previews of upcoming Disruption shows and other performances.

"It is a privilege to curate Disruption at Merseles Studios for JCTC,” said Hall. “Knowing that this exhibition will be accompanied by great and relevant theatre and arts programming – all seeking to describe and define this era of Disruption – creates a feeling of camaraderie through different artistic mediums when it is most needed."

Lucy Rovetto, Visual Arts Coordinator, JCTC, first became of aware of Hall’s talents as a curator at Street Level, her 2015 exhibition showcasing graffiti artists. JCTC collaborates with a wide range of artists, including directors, writers, actors, dancers, choreographers and performers with the intention of shining a spotlight on new and emerging voices. Collaborating with a rising curatorial talent known for her topical and sometimes confrontational sensibility seemed the natural choice for a series so political in nature.

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“Allison is fresh voice who has her finger on the pulse of city life,” said Rovetto. “She is a great fit for JCTC whose mission is to explore relevant topics of our times, engage our communities, and be a laboratory for artists of all disciplines. Disruption seemed a perfect opportunity to ‘Disrupt’ the flow of the Visual Arts at JCTC. Bringing in guest curators broadens JCTC’s voice, heightens our outreach, and strengthens the role of arts in our community.”

Allison Remy Hall, a Jersey City-based curator, has worked at a number of arts institutions including the Yale University Art Gallery, Yoshii Gallery, and ShuaSpace. She claims her progressive politics and commitment to justice was formed at the age of 5 months, when she attended her first rally, supporting the New Haven Public Library in her hometown of New Haven, Conn. She said that as a student of anthropology and art history at the University of Wisconsin was when “I first came to view the arts as an ideal medium for political action and community building. My current curatorial efforts have been defined by the desire to create exhibitions that enable artists to relate their works to broader social and/or political themes.” (visit:

Since 2014, shows curated by Allison Remy Hall include: Street Level; PROTECT OUR RIGHTS/ACLU FUNDRAISER; The State Of The Union; SERVICE; Through the Window; (ShuaSpace, Jersey City); [luxury]; Tension; Gentrification: The Changing Landscape of Jersey City; Wastelands (313 gallery, Jersey City); and THREE (Florida Mining Gallery, Jacksonville, Fla.)

Jersey City Theater Center Merseles Studios is located at 339 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, NJ.

Funding for Disruption was made possible by generous support from the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Disruption was also made possible through the generosity of Ben LoPiccolo Development Group, JCTC’s Board of Directors, private donors and local Jersey City businesses.

PHOTO: Allison Remy Hall by Giovani Santoro.

originally published: 2017-03-08 00:00:00

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The West Windsor Arts Council Presents:  Generation Next: The Family Show

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D&R Greenway Land Trust presents Cosmophilia

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(PRINCETON, NJ) -- D&R Greenway Land Trust presents Cosmophilia **, a special exhibition by award-winning environmental artist Cameron (Cami) Davis from June 21 to July 25 in D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton.   ​​​​​​​The artwork, on large canvases that draw the viewer into the space, “celebrates our human relationship within a whole, living and evolving Earth and Cosmos,” says the artist.

42nd Annual Senior Art Exhibit At Ocean County College

42nd Annual Senior Art Exhibit At Ocean County College

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- From June 9 to July 7, the public is invited to view artwork created by talented Ocean County artists at the 42nd Annual Ocean County Senior Art Exhibit at Ocean County College, Grunin Center Gallery, 2nd floor, (Building #11), OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.

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(SUMMIT, NJ) -- On Thursday, June 28, from 4:00pm–7:00pm, the Summit Free Public Library, in partnership with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, will present Handwriting the Constitution, a social art project created by Morgan O’Hara.

Event calendar
Sunday, Jun 17, 2018


LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Radio 104.5's 11th Birthday Show - Day One @ BB&T Pavilion, Camden - 1:00pm

BOZ SCAGGS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:00pm

DAVID CROSBY & FRIENDS @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:30pm

Rockit! Academy: California Dreamin’ @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 3:00pm


The Last 5 Years @ Eagle Theatre, Hammonton - 3:00pm

Half Time @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm


Fathers Day Comedy Special ft. Alex Pavone, Ali Breen, Lucas Connally and Andrew Lee @ Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City - 7:00pm and 9:00pm

MIKE FINOIA, KEVIN FLYNN, KYLE GROOMS @ The Music Box @ Borgata Casino Hotel, Atlantic City - 9:00pm

Earthquake’s Father’s Day Comedy Show @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 7:00pm

A Conversation with Jon Stewart @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm


Classic Film Screening: THE GODFATHER @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 3:00pm

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