New Jersey Stage published its 25,000th story in December 2021. As the site approached the milestone, we posed the question on social media as how we should celebrate. One response was to highlight our favorite stories from over the years. We liked this idea, but could not narrow things down to just 25 favorites so we will present a favorite each day from different genres. Today we are featuring one of our favorite stories in art. It's a story about King for a Day, a book of photography featuring Elvis impersonators of all shapes and sizes.
Stepping into the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie’s new exhibit, Painting the Moon and Beyond: Lois Dodd & Friends Explore the Night Sky, is truly a treat. It’s the first time that Dodd and her former students and friends Jeff Epstein, Dan Findaldi, and Elizabeth O’Reilly have appeared in the same show. And it comes on the 25-year anniversary of a retrospective of Dodd’s work at The Trenton City Museum.
Every Blanket Tells a Story and Every Stitch is a Unique Voice in the World of Seneca Nation Artist Marie Watt, On View at the Hunterdon Art Museum
by Ilene Dube, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-12-21
It’s the time of the year when many of us feel like hibernating, perhaps under a favorite blanket or two. It seems fitting, then, that the Hunterdon Museum of Art is featuring the artist Marie Watt, known for her totemic assemblages of wool blankets, in the exhibition Companion Species (At What Cost): The Works of Marie Watt, on view through January 9, 2022.
Dionne Warwick Inspires an Arts Exhibit In Newark, Visits for In-Person Tour
by Rachel Alban, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-11-24
Dionne Warwick's distinctive voice has been part of American pop music for more than 60 years. With more than 100 million record sales, 80 billboard hits, six Grammys, and one lifetime achievement award, Warwick has been credited with “bridging the gap” between pop and R&B audiences.
Inside and Outside - Yongshin Cho’s Solo Art Exhibition
by Amy Hunam Yun - published 2021-11-20
(HACKENSACK, NJ) -- Video artist Yongshin Cho’s solo art exhibition Inside and Outside is on view at Riverside Gallery (390 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ) from November 1 through November 27. This exhibition consists of video art installations, which explore the bodies and expressions of human beings in heterogeneous environments. In the darkened space of the exhibition hall, the images of ten male and female bodies appear along the walls in the whispering sounds. Numerous hands of strangers repeatedly appear and disappear, moving in waves over the bodies and faces.
Climate Artists and Scientists from Mongolia Attempt to Communicate What Others Have Not
by Ilene Dube, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-11-19
When I went to Google Maps to see how long it would take to get to Mongolia, the app could not calculate – not by bus, not by car, not walking, cycling, even plane. When I simply Googled the distance, I learned it is 6,426 miles from New Jersey. That’s more than twice the distance across the United States. A site called Travel Math calculates it would take 13.9 hours to fly from Newark to Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia is really far away! That could explain why its climate catastrophe is not top of mind for most of us here in the Garden State.
"The First Water is the Body" and "After the Falls" — Exhibitions Present Visual Celebration of Indigenous People
by Shen Shellenberger, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-11-05
The First Water Is the Body and Athena LaTocha: After the Falls, the exhibitions on view through January 23, 2022, at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, were organized by VACNJ curator Mary Birmingham and present a visual celebration of Indigenous people, the history, landscape, and culture of New Jersey, the power of words and images, and inspiration, in all of its limitless forms.
Artist Jonte Drew on Feeling like a "Black Sheep" and the Power of Arts Education
by Rachel Alban, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-11-05
Hailing from Paterson, NJ, Jonte Drew is a visual artist whose work often explores issues around masculinity and physicality as they relate to the perception of Black men. A graduate of William Paterson University, where he received both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2018 and Master of Fine Arts in 2021, Jonte is currently the resident artist for Art Fair 14C. The group’s residency programs were created to expand opportunities for artists who may not have access to other residencies, including artists with disabilities and those with recent MFA degrees.
If you have ever been drawn to a mural on the street and wondered what kind of fine art could be made by the artist, this is the exhibit for you.
A "Field Companion" to a Microcosmic Forest at Rowan University Art Gallery
by Shen Shellenberger, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-10-01
“Immersive” is the sort of word that conveys its meaning more as a sensation than a perception. And using it as part of the subtitle for "Field Companion: An Immersive Video Installation" – the new, created-for-this place-and-this-moment-in-time work by Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib – is spot-on.