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Believing in Bright Colors and Angels Gets Artist Freda Williams through the Atrocities

by Ilene Dube, - published 2024-02-15

As soon as the banner announcing the retrospective of Freda Williams hung from the red brick façade of Artworks Trenton, the excitement began. "She has so many stories to tell," Artistic Director Addison Vincent said of the 86-year-old artist who has lived all but the first five years of her life in Greater Trenton.

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Jersey Arts TV: Alonzo Adams tells stories of the Black experience at Zimmerli Art Museum

by Jesse North & Dave Tavani, - published 2024-02-08

Alonzo Adams has been using his paintings to tell stories of the contemporary Black experience for over 25 years. In his first solo museum exhibition at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, his own story as an artist is being told, from his very first painting to pieces that have not been seen publicly for years. We went to New Brunswick to speak with the artist about putting this exhibition together, and how it feels to return to Rutgers, where he once studied. "Alonzo Adams: A Griot's Vision" is on display through February 25.

Life Forms are Blooming and Breathing at ArtYard in Frenchtown

by Ilene Dube, - published 2024-01-18

It may be the middle of winter, but two exhibitions on view at ArtYard in Frenchtown connect us to the world of plants, living things, and the lightness of being. Kendall Buster: What Blooms is on view through January 21, and Lucia Monge: While a Leaf Breathes can be seen through January 28.

Gallery Episode presents "Past, Present and Future"

(LEONIA, NJ) -- Gallery Episode presents a group exhibition titled "Past, Present and Future" featuring the works of seven artists from different generations from December 15-31, 2023. The gallery acts as a time capsule that holds glimpses of the past, present, and future working artists. Just as art historians have explored how past art movements impacted future movements, visitors of the show can also witness in real time the subtle shifts between past artists, mid-career artists, and young artists whose works all exist in the same space. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5

Celebrating the work of Contemporary Indo-American Artists with "Kendra"

by Ilene Dube, - published 2023-11-16

The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster has, as part of its mission, a diversity policy "emphasizing its commitment to creating a safe and welcoming space where all voices and perspectives are heard and valued." Until recently exhibiting artists with last names such as Wallace, Evans, Campbell, and King dominated. The current exhibition takes things in a new direction.


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"Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale" on View at Montclair Museum of Art

by Rachel Fawn Alban, - published 2023-11-02

How do women artists take up space and scale in their work? That's the primary question asked in the new exhibition, "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale," at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) on view through Jan 7, 2024. Inspired by a 2021 show at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), the exhibition offers twenty-three works in a range of media including paintings, sculptures, paper, photographs, and more. Among them are ten alluring artworks from PAFA alongside thirteen foundational works from the Montclair Art Museum's collection of American women artists. The exhibiting artists represent a range of ages and diverse cultures in their work, demonstrating how to take up space with stories of their identities and cultural heritages.

Two new Visual Art Exhibits at MPAC

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) presents two new visual art exhibits in its Art Upstairs and Starlight Galleries beginning October 17 and running through November 28, 2023. Morris County Art Association will exhibit in Art Upstairs; photographer Xiomaro will exhibit in the Starlight Galley.

Mansa K. Mussa Photography Exhibit at Vivid Stage

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Vivid Stage, in residence at Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit presents the work of artist Mansa K. Mussa on display in the Oakes Center lobby through the end of November. The artwork of Mansa K. Mussa is presented in collaboration with the Montclair Art Museum's Yard School of Art, where Mussa is an instructor.

Inaugural "Jersey City Art Week" Premieres This October

by Zachary Klein, - published 2023-09-28

Hudson County's Jersey City is known for its vibrant arts scene. There are many events celebrating the diversity of local artists throughout the year, however, this year local officials have taken the celebration of visual arts one step further and have created the first ever "Jersey City Art Week," which will run Oct. 12-15 in various neighborhoods throughout the city. This event combines the already existing Art Fair 14C and Jersey City Art and Studio Tour and puts them under one umbrella; one that city officials hope will bring even more visitors in to explore what Jersey City has to offer.

Zimmerli Art Museum Celebrates a Vanguard Art Center

by Ilene Dube, - published 2023-09-21

An enormous banner heralding the exhibition The Brodsky Center at Rutgers University: Three Decades 1986-2017 hangs from the façade of the Zimmerli Art Museum on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick, as if announcing a major homecoming. The gang's all here: Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Semmel, Joan Snyder, Willie Cole, Emma Amos, and so many other major artists who spent time at the renowned print and papermaking center.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024 @ 7:30pm
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music

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Pussy Noir and Victoria Reis: A Conversation about Collaboration

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 @ 6:00pm
Monmouth University - Intercultural Center (Magill Commons)
400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
category: community

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Richard Shindell

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 @ 7:30pm
Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 E. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
category: music

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SOPAC presents "An Evening of Wonders" with Vitaly

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- Combining breathtaking visuals with his captivating style, Vitaly takes audiences on aninteractive and magical theatrical experience in his show An Evening of Wonders on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). Showtime is 8:00pm.

Count Basie Center for the Arts presents Andrew Dice Clay

Woodbridge Township presents Screaming Orphans at The Avenel Performing Arts Center

Danú Takes Audience to Ireland on March 10th

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