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Winter 2018 Opening: Case Studies/Catching Feelings

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for the opening of multiple new exhibits! As always, there will be art on two floors and in two different buildings. Make a night of it!

CASE STUDIES
Curated by Evonne M. Davis
Gallery Aferro Main Gallery
Opening Reception February 10, 2018, 7-10 PM
February 10 – March 16, 2018

Participating Artists: Emily Bivens, Marcy Chevali, Kate Eggleston, Tatiana Istomina, Niki Lederer, Ann LePore, Laurie Murphy, Elina Peduzzi, Joanne Ross, James Sham, Sarah Walko, Eleanor White, Juno Zago and Mark Zimmerman

Case Studies features 14 artists who have been invited to intervene with re-purposed, salvaged museum display cases. The majority of these cases were donated to Gallery Aferro by George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate’s Museum, as well as from New York Historical Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Large, elegant, dark wood displays, previously used for a traveling exhibition of replica objects from Washington’s life, as well as plexiglass vitrines and pedestals, will be transformed by artists from across the East Coast for a contemporary vision, creating a diverse and unique experience for the viewers because in effect each is creating an exhibit within an exhibit.

Ann LePore is conducting streetside interviews to ask people in Newark what they think should be preserved and protected in a display case, and then projecting luminescent drawings of those objects for her display case. Tatiana Istomina’s case is given over to documents and artwork from the life of fictional Modernist painter, Alissa Blumenthal (1899-1991), derived from Istomina’s interest in the early 20th century avant-garde. Niki Lederer will be displaying 333 porcelain dogs, addressing questions of what happens when private collections are shown publicly in very nondomestic settings. Other artists are using their cases to address topics as divergent as state-sanctioned killings, the symbolism of the ace of spades, and the Newark-born inventor of the oreo cookie.

This exhibition creates a dialogue between museum culture, gallery experimentation, and the impulses and voices of artists. Whether described as cases, pedestals, vitrines, casework, or cabinets, the objects can evoke portability and itinerancy in art and culture, as well as, oddly enough, ideals of what is imagined to be fixed, unchanging, permanent, or authoritative. Ideas about archiving, exposure, cultural access, historical narrative, Americana, Colonialism, “high” and “low” culture, containment, consumption, salvage and recycling, object reparation, looking and how it changes what is looked at, preservation, platform and power, the exoticized, and the uses of the past also might come to mind. Artist Fred Wilson’s Mining the Museum, as well as more recent projects such as Not An Alternative’s Natural History Museum remind us that there are no neutral objects. Which artists generally know better than most.

CATCHING FEELINGS
Curated by Jo-El Lopez
Activate: Market St
75 and 77 Market Streets Newark, NJ
Opening Reception February 10, 2018, 7-10 PM
February 10 – March 16, 2018

Artists: Valerie Huhn and Amanda Thackray

Activate: Market Street has been running continuously as a public art effort since mid-2013, so as of this writing, for more than 40,000 hours, there has been something for citizens to see as they traverse downtown Newark.

The general sentiment that art should move the viewer, provoking some type of emotion, can be made considerably more specific when urban viewers can vote with their feet, deciding to stop and contemplate a storefront art installation.

Artists spend a lifetime searching for that moment in their process when their creation has the capacity to move someone. Both Thackray and Huhn use intensely labor-intensive processes, with works on view the distillation of hundreds of hours of solitary time, now shared with Activate: Market Street’s varied, ambulatory audience.

Each window provokes the viewer to explore movement and feelings, if only for a moment. Catching Feelings offers experiences for as long as is desired, with light and time of day creating constant, small changes, much like a mood.

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Date:
February 10
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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