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Fall Opening Reception at Gallery Aferro
October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Gallery Aferro kicks off its fall season on Friday, October 5th at 7pm-10pm with the opening reception of three art exhibitions that celebrate and explore the extraordinary, the eccentric and the avant-garde. Unparalleled in its dedication to raising the voices of all people equally, Aferro welcomes fans of visual art, jazz music, and lo-fi sound to visit all three exhibits during the Newark Arts Festival’s spotlight on Market Street.
The first exhibit, Portraits of People We Love, is located in the Main Gallery and is curated by Baltimore resident and friend of Newark, community artist Sarah McCann. Focusing on the depictions of a person or persons each artist loves, the exhibit explores the platonic, familial, and romantic concept in a meaningful way.
So What: A Visual Interpretation may be featured on the second floor in the Eleta J. Caldwell and Rodney M. Gilbert Memorial Gallery, but it’s an exhibition that will not be contained. Curated by prolific, New Jersey-based visual artist Jo-El Lopez, So What is named after the opening track of jazz legend Miles Davis’ iconic album, Kind of Blue. After visitors take in half the participating artists at Gallery Aferro, they can then travel to Newark’s world-renowned WBGO Jazz 88.3 headquarters and visit the other half.
But before visitors head over to Brick City’s living legacy in all things jazz, a step inside our third exhibit, Elevator Music 5: Mün Lün Kir Sa, is a must. Curated by artist Juno Zago, this singular exhibit mixes the lo-fi choral-like audio stylings of self-taught musician Mün Lün Kir Sa with the interior of an early-1900s refurbished Otis Elevator lovingly excavated from the basement of Aferro.
The opening reception for all three exhibitions will take place on the same day as Newark Arts Festival’s Market Street focus. It is an all-ages event scheduled from 7pm – 10pm, which will also include an original piece by performance artist Nicolette De La Brown.
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