Open Doors Kick Off Party and Headquarters Launch

Thursday, October 9th
06:00PM
10:00PM

NAC x THE GATEWAY PROJECT
A Special Open Doors Collaboration

Open Doors kicks off its 13th year with a launch party for the exhibition PROLOGUE – EPILOGUE, presented collaboratively by the Newark Arts Council and The Gateway Project. Enjoy refreshments, live music, and the movers and shakers of Newark’s art scene.

PROLOGUE - EPILOGUE was curated by Rebecca Jampol (Founder/Director, Solo(s) Project House) and Jasmine Wahi (Founder/Director, Project for Empty Space).

SALON∞SALON

Thursday, October 9th

SALON∞SALON: chatrousalonlette is an online website that aggregates simultaneous webcam broadcasts from art studios in and around Newark and beyond. Visitors to the website can engage in an online chat (text, audio, and video) with an artist or another visitor at any time throughout the 10 day broadcast. Chatrousalonlette opens studios digitally in celebration of Newark’s annual Open Doors encouraging spontaneous interaction and collaborations between and amongst artists and the public. Broadcasts will begin at 6:00pm on October 9th and end on October 18th at midnight. Participants can join at any time throughout the broadcast period. There are no content requirements, rules or structures to follow. Self-editing is highly discouraged and encouraged. To add your studio visit chatrousalonlette.net

The Honors Program presents: Brush, a panel discussion

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
11:00PM

A panel discussion that seeks to provide an insider’s view from curators, artists, photographers and creative speaking about the ins and outs of the arts and entertainment industry from a woman’s perspective. Discussion from 6-8 with an after party to follow until 11 PM. Live performance by Peter Hadar. Sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Reception: BRIDGING THE VOID

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
09:00PM

BRIDGING THE VOID: Pulaski Skyway National Juried Art Exhibition The question: What is the iconic meaning of a Bridge? In celebration of the 350th anniversary of New Jersey and the rebuilding of the Pulaski Skyway, Sumei Arts Center will present a program of exhibition, performance and history of the Pulaski Skyway and its place in New Jersey. Sumei will exhibit the winning entries of their juried competition of new and recent works highlighting the Pulaski Skyway with cash prizes for best documentation of the bridge, and best imaginative work using the Skyway as a point of departure. Curated by Hal Laessig. Exhibition on view through November 9, 2014.

Opening Reception: ArtFront Galleries

Friday, October 10th
06:30PM
09:00PM

ArtFront Galleries is a not for profit, nomadic gallery with three goals: To get art of “underappreciated” artists on walls, to bring art to underserved communities (blocks or districts) and to help revitalize those communities. The theory is derived from the work of 1960’s “Urbanist” Jane Jacobs (The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Random House 1961). If there is a “blighted” block. neighborhood, or, district, it can be revived by giving people from inside and outside the area to go there. Our belief is that art is a pretty good reason to go anywhere. Supported by La Casa de Don Pedro.

ArtFront Galleries will be open every Friday during the month of October. Spoken word performances and other poetry related events will be held each weekend during the month (beginning 10/5) and among the performers will be poets Shye Sales and John Hurtado and actor Yvonne Hernandez.

Opening Reception: Newark Invitational 2014

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
10:00PM

Index Art Center will be hosting two floors of artwork at their new gallery and studio space located at 237 Washington St. Newark NJ.

IAC's main gallery space is located on the second floor of the old Gambert Shirt Factory. The gallery will be featuring the work of up-and-coming Montclair State MFA students as well as 2014 graduates from the same program.

Goodwin Hall is located on the 3rd floor at 237 Washington St. and houses the studios of the artists participating in the Index Art Center Residency Program. Studios will be open to the public during the event . The residents at Index include filmmakers, textile designers, illustrators, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, and painters.

IAC Artist Residents are:
Samantha Katehis, Joe Valentine, and Deborah Adler. Collaborating artists are: Joseph O'Neal and Colleen Gutwein, Nine Worlds: Heidi Hussa and Linda Hu, Laken Whitecliffe and Miguel Paniagua, "And / Or Films", Irrelevant: Kevin Durkin and Eric Durkin, Afterlife: Jennifer Schwartz and Linda Chen.

Also on view:
Index Project Space: "Stratospheric: A Floating Hammock Project"
by Lisa Conrad and Amanda Thackray

Sliv•er ˈslivər/
“Noun: sliver; plural noun: slivers a small, thin, narrow piece of something cut or split off a larger piece.” Sliver is a group show featuring the current class of Montclair State University graduate students, as well as the recent graduating class.

Participating artists Alex Schoenberg, Natasha Jozi, Christine Soccio, Daniel Morowitz, Teresa Braun, Dana Hemes, Irena Pejovic, Jackie Walsh, Stephen Douglass, Esmerelda Vazquez, John Ryan, and John Spano show a diversity of practices, that form trends in the work as a collective whole; relational aesthetics, representation, the body, and the environment, intersect to create new paradigms. As artist Natasha Jozi describes her work: “The body experiences its relation to its ‘self’ through the ways it shares experiences in the world.” Dana Hemes conversely states “The world is a complex system made up of many small interactions which produce endless patterns and forms, a non-anthropocentric viewpoint offers understandings of these environmental states as fluid systems.” Together both artists offer a cross-section of how we interact with the world, slivers into our relationship with the environment.

Reception: After Hours at the Newark Museum

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
09:00PM

Join us for an after hours viewing of current exhibitions including Party Time: Re-imagine America, A Centennial Commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE; Present Tense, Arts of Contemporary Africa and Papyraceous: Recent Acquisitions, Contemporary. Bring friends, have drinks and dance to the sounds of live music in the Engelhard Court.

Exhibitions on view at the Newark Museum
Exhibitions are on-going Wednesdays through Sundays 12-5 pm

Party Time: Re-imagine America
A Centennial Commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE
Originally created in 2009 in honor of the Newark Museum's Centennial, Party Time: Re-imagine America is a major site-specific installation by internationally acclaimed artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.

On view for the first time since its original installation--Party Time is set in the mahogany-paneled dining room of the Ballantine House, built in 1885 for the prominent Newark brewing family Jeannette and John Holme Ballantine.

In this opulent interior, the artist has staged an imagined scene of a late nineteenth century dinner party midway through a multi-course feast. Eight headless figures, dressed in period costume made from the artist's signature "Dutch wax" fabric, are seated around an elaborately set table as a servant appears bearing the main course, a peacock served on a silver platter. The animated body language of the guests suggests a moment in which proper Victorian etiquette has been cast away as an indulgent celebration of prosperity tips toward misbehavior and even debauchery.

Made possible through the generous support of PRUDENTIAL.
Additional support has been provided by Ellyn and Saul Dennison.

Present Tense
Arts of Contemporary Africa
Featuring works from the Museum’s permanent collection of contemporary African art, this gallery is the first such dedicated exhibition space in the country. The installation focuses on the art of the present day, including works by nine artists with wide-ranging approaches to “art-making” as well as equally varied subject matter and sources of inspiration. Artists include: Olu Amoda, Hassan Hajjaj, Zanele Muholi, Rachid Koraichi
and Sue Williamson.

Together, they provide a window into the ongoing artistic creativity of this dynamic continent, complementing the adjacent thematic installation of African art while encouraging connections with other examples of contemporary art featured in the museum’s American art, Asian art and Decorative Arts galleries.

Papyraceous: Recent Acquisitions, Contemporary
Artists from across the United States are developing new and expansive uses of paper as an artistic medium. This exhibition features a range of these experimental approaches and highlights the Newark Museum’s ongoing commitment to collecting the work of living artists.

In this installation you can see artists utilizing a range of techniques that include print making, collaging, drawing and painting. Many of the artists here are known for his or her work as a sculptor, and this sensibility comes through in the sculptural quality exhibited in many of these works, through either shaped and molded forms or through practices like embossing, tearing, cutting and layering.

A natural material in itself, paper seems to instinctively lend itself to connect with themes related to nature. Many of the works seen here address issues affecting our environment and humanity’s relationship and impact upon it. Themes of geography and identity intertwine with formal experimentation that together offers us new perspectives on our world.

Artists include Willie Cole, Martin Puryear, Alexis Rockman, Dahlia Elsayed among others.

Folk Art? Recent Acquisitions
With the opening of the exhibitions American Primitive Painting in 1930 and American Folk Sculpture in 1931, the Newark Museum ushered in the national discussion of exactly what made art “folk.”

The painting and sculpture on view in this gallery are all recent acquisitions for the Museum’s celebrated holdings in American art. They range from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century.

Some of the terms commonly used today for works such as those seen here are folk art, outsider art, self-taught art, or even visionary art. None of these terms, however, accurately defines what this diverse body of work expresses; nor do they explain the appeal that painting and sculpture such as this can offer to the museum visitor.

Some of these works were made by untrained (self-taught) artists; some of them were produced by people who lived outside the mainstream of society. Still others could be described as having been created by someone who is “visionary.”

In the end, each work in this gallery can be appreciated for some aspect of its form, color, technique, content or history. Which simply makes them art.

Korea, Land of the Diamond Mountain
Korea, Land of the Diamond Mountain features gilded wooden sculptures and brightly colored paintings that reveal a distinctly Korean Buddhist art. Ink wash paintings and ceramics and ritual furniture elevate dignified Confucian aesthetics. Polychrome figures of Korean officials riding tigers and horses guide souls in the afterlife, elements of shamanic practice. Also featured are jade-like celadon ceramics delicately inlaid with black and white slip representing the refined taste and skill of potters of the Goryeo Period (918-1392). Chalices formed from high-fired stoneware during the Gaya and Silla (57 BCE-935 CE) periods that reference Buddhist and earlier burial practices will also be displayed.

Great Balls of Fire!
Comets, Asteroids, Meteors
The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. If there was a dinosaur-killer in Earth’s past, will humankind suffer the same fate? What are the chances and how do we assess the risks? For that matter, what are asteroids, comets, and meteorites, and where do they come from? Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors explores recent discoveries and cutting-edge science relating to these incredible objects.

The exhibition is divided into four areas: Origins, Asteroids, Comets and Impacts. It includes a variety of interactive, multimedia experiences. Visitors can have an Asteroid Encounter inside a spaceship that rockets them to the edge of the solar system to learn where asteroids originate and how they can sometimes impact planets. They can test their knowledge of the truth about comets and asteroids at the Science Fact or Science Fiction Theater. Visitors will enjoy discovering the facts about comets, asteroids and meteors and how they have helped shape our world and how they might change it in the future.

Opening Reception: TLWBAT (The Learner Will Be Able To)

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
08:00PM

This exhibition is curated for artists/educators who—to some degree –share the common experience of fitting their joy of the creative process of art with the required structure of everyday lessons as mandated by the district in which they teach. Even though the constraints of these systems are what they are, the highly effective classroom art teacher demonstrates an immense ability to inspire creativity in the everyday class lessons that enable these constraints to be dealt with. Inspirational artifacts, pre-existing work, and site specific new work will be brought together to form a radiating installation that will fill the cWOW gallery. Light refreshments will be served. Exhibition on view through November 1, 2014.

GlassRoots BFF Show and Open House

Friday, October 10th
05:00PM
08:00PM

Glassblowing and flame-working demonstrations by GlassRoots artists and friends. Artwork from various glass artists will be on view and for sale.

Opening Reception: Animodule and Public Art Exhibition

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
11:00PM

Join Creation Nation at Parade Headquarters for an opening reception celebrating the start of their exhibition in collaboration with Gallery Aferro. There will also be a Back Alley Block Party outside behind the gallery.

Reception: Emerge 11

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
09:00PM

Aljira Emerge is a strategic career management and exhibition program for emerging artists. Artists are taught an approach to strategic career management that challenges the assumptions about working artists that hold all of us back. Emerge attempts to address the practical areas of concern to artists, such as curatorial practice, legal and financial issues, gallery representation, exhibition and public art opportunities, and marketing. Aljira Emerge was introduced in 1999 to train artists living and working in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan region to organize, plan, and sustain their careers and to provide an opportunity to show their work. The program culminates with a group exhibition and fully illustrated catalog.

This year’s Aljira Emerge Fellows are: Isaac Aden, Nobutaka Aozaki, Ariana Barat, Maria Buyondo, William D. Caballero, Patricia Cazorla, Katie Cercone, David Rios Ferreira, Tai Hwa Goh, Heidi Lau, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Caroline Mak, Vikki Michalios, Ann Oren, Nell Painter, Stephanie Powell, Diana Schmertz, Rosemary Taylor, Barbara Wallace, Ken Weathersby, and Jennifer Williams.

About the Curator
Jorge Rojas was born in Morelos, Mexico. A multidisciplinary artist, independent curator and art educator, he studied art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas uses both traditional and new media, as well as performance, to explore processes involved in artistic production. His work and curatorial projects have been exhibited internationally and in the U.S. He is the founding Director of Low Lives, an international, multi-venue live-streaming performance festival, launched in 2009. Currently artist-in-residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary art, Rojas lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Opening Reception: Colors of Time

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
09:00PM

Center Stage Cuts presents “The Colors of Time: Art Exhibit/Opening Reception” by Artist Salaam Muhammad 22 year old dynamic artist, Salaam Muhammad, says “I realized I have the power to change lives, and that my art predicts the future activity of the world around me...In other words I can paint history before it even takes place.”

Tour Within a Tour

Friday, October 10th
06:30PM
09:00PM

Start off your exploration with an exhibit by local artist Indigo in NSH’s Studio Gallery. Indigo’s exhibit is a journey through an artist’s state of being. She brings you through the many emotional, physical, mental and spiritual phases an individual goes through both internally and while connecting with individuals in our immediate environment. Finish off your evening with an installation by well known artist and Newark provocateur Jerry Gant as he explores the talents that have passed through the doors of Symphony Hall over the years. Behind the scenes tour of NSH at 7:30.

Opening Receptions: STRIPPED NAKED and other exhibitions

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
10:00PM

STRIPPED NAKED: A solo exhibition of recent works by Adejoke Tugbiyele Confronting her inner-conflicts and personal demons as an American-born, queer woman of Yoruba heritage, artist Tugbiyele also illuminates the hardships endured by LGBT persons in Nigeria in the face of religious damnation and recent criminalization by the federal government with this new body of work consisting of sculpture/costume, works on fabric, and experimental film. Coinciding with the exhibition at Gallery Aferro, the Newark Museum will highlight examples of politically engaged works in the museum's galleries devoted to the arts of global Africa, and offer joint programs with Gallery Aferro throughout the fall. Curated by Dexter Wimberly. Exhibition on view through December 13, 2014 at 73 Market Street.

ACTIVATE: MARKET STREET is a year-round public art project transforming hundreds of linear feet of vacant storefront windows in Newark’s historic downtown district. Storefronts owned by RBH Group on Market Street are activated all day and night with films, animation, neon sculptures, kinetic and interactive art, and other kinds of self-illuminated artworks from local, national and international artists. Gallery Aferro and Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art will present EmergeNext: Windows on Market by artists Mary A. Valverde and Jayson Keeling curated by Jaishri Abichandani and Kalia Brooks. Location: 77 Market Street.

NO MORE PLACE: A group show about the degradation / disassociation of personal, domestic and cultural geographies This show will combine video installations, sculpture, photography, drawings, paintings, paper cuts, ceramic sculptures and paper collage by various artists from the New York area who met through the Bronx Museum’s Artist-in-the-Marketplace program in spring 2014. Our work interrogates the break-down of spaces, structures or hierarchies in our modern world. We are questioning what it means to be placed, to have place, to be ranked, to have a certain identity, to
be stable, to have a viewpoint, a location, an orientation. We use various media to respond to new technologies, personal and cultural narratives and environmental shifts. This show was organized by current Gallery Aferro studio resident Tasha Lewis. On view through December 13, 2014 at 93 Market Street.

Reception: PROLOGUE-EPILOGUE

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
09:00PM

In keeping with the 2014 theme of ‘literary greats’, The Gateway Project in collaboration with the Newark Arts Council, invites artists to participate in a 6-week exhibition, Prologue-Epilogue, which embraces the idea of narrative framework. The literary understanding of a ‘prologue’ is an introduction to a larger story or text, similarly a ‘prologue’ can also be understood as a precursory event that leads to another occurrence. An ‘epilogue’ functions in the inverse sense completing and/or anticipating occurrences happen beyond the traditional end of a narrative. The trajectory of ‘pre’ and ‘post’ is one that can be applied to the story of Newark’s continually morphing art scene, which is the central focus of the exhibition. Prologue - Epilogue dually addresses both personal and collective narratives that, as the title implies, look towards the past or the future. Artists are asked to address either or both the ideas of “pre” and “post”. Additionally, a component of the show will specifically address the narrative of the Newark Arts Scene, in conjunction with the Open Doors celebration of art in the city. The exhibition will encompass the Gateway 2 gallery space and any vacant space throughout the concourse will be activated with a series of exhibitions and installations embracing the spirit of the annual event. Curated by Rebecca Jampol (Solo(s) Project House) and Jasmine Wahi (Project for Empty Space).

Opening Reception: Change is in the Mist

Friday, October 10th
05:30PM
08:00PM

The Africana Institute at Essex County College will present an art exhibition featuring the work of Paul Chinnery and Erik James Montgomery, with exerts from their joint project called The Black Face Experience. These dynamic photographers and artists will push you to think twice about how you see yourself in the world. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments and music during the opening reception. Exhibition on view through October 31, 2014.

And Never Elsewhere: A Performance by Dahlia Elsayed

Friday, October 10th
04:15PM
05:00PM

The yellow flags adorning the Newark Museum’s Horizon Plaza, created by Dahlia Elsayed for her installation We Would Begin Our Own, as part of the recent NJ Arts Annual Ready or Not exhibition, will be the focus of a performance piece. Celebrating the visionary philosophy of Newark Museum’s Founder John Cotton Dana, Elsayed composed a poem of excerpts from his profound literature and inscribed it on these flags. In keeping with Dana’s importance to the City of Newark and to the world of arts, museums and libraries, the flags will be removed from the site and carried ceremoniously by thirty artists, educators, and young people to the Newark Public Library. The march symbolizes a commitment to carrying Dana’s legacy into the 21st century.

Fashion Meets Art

Friday, October 10th
06:30PM
09:00PM

Collaborative art and fashion exhibit featuring the collision and intersections created by the designer and the featured artisans. Participants include: Marco Hall, Anthony Boone, Jae Quinlan, Karen McDonald, and Poor Kings.

Reception: PRINTERS IN RESIDENCE

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
10:00PM

This exhibition showcases the artwork created by our 2014 Artists in Residence, Ariana Barat, Brendan Mahoney, and Lizz DeSimone. For six months, these artists have had unlimited access to facilities at the shop to explore and engage with fine art printmaking processes in order to expand their artistic practice. This exhibition highlights the importance of accessibility to workspace and resources as it highlights work created in an active, cooperative print shop right here in Newark. Exhibition on view through November 2, 2014.

Reception: From There to Here: Migration & Immigration

Friday, October 10th
06:00PM
08:00PM

Moving from a home country to another is an experience unlike any other. There are many reasons that people choose, or are forced, to undertake such an act. This exhibition will focus on the work of artists who explore all aspects of the migrant and immigrant experience. Artists in this exhibition: Aileen Bassis, Sasha Bromberg, Maki Hajikano, Muriel Hasbun, Fidencio Martinez, Jenny Polak, Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, Leona Strassberg Steiner, Raul Villarreal, Mina Zarfsaz. Exhibition on view through December 24, 2014.

Also on view: Nelson Mandela Tribute Mural by Warcheerah Kilima (The Wall); Sojourn: Linda Hu & Krissia Thaiane (U Gallery); Planar Sheme: Kati Vilim (Orbit 1); Daniel Patrick Helmstetter: The Slumberous Antiquity in Us (Orbit 2); Making Meaningful Partnerships in Service: Rutgers Newark Students in Tanzania (Pequod Deck); Under/Over: Dahlia Elsayed (Messier Gallery); Cooking for Change (Criminal Justice Gallery).

Opening Reception: Levels

Friday, October 10th
05:00PM
08:00PM

This exhibit brings together student artists at varying “Levels” of self-discovery and creativity in the process of their experience on becoming emerging artists. Featuring a selection of artwork produced by Newark Youth from across the city, and converged as art majors at Newark Arts High School (the Nation’s first school of the Arts). The exhibit gives you a view into the progressions from freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior year experiences under the direction and mentorship of outstanding artists/educators. “Levels” offers a preview of future artists and innovators during incubation. Curated by Arts High School Visual Arts faculty including Kennis Fairfax, Jackson Lenochan, Robert Richardson, Fausto Sevila, Toni Thomas and Pamela Webster-Ziegler. On view from October 9 through December 4, 2014.

Opening Reception Friday, October 10, 5-8pm will also feature musical performances by Arts High instrumental majors.

Newark Print Shop presents: PRINTED IN NEWARK

Saturday, October 11th
04:00PM
06:00PM

The Newark Print Shop’s PRINT CLUB is a weekly open studio for artists of all levels to come and make art together. Inspired by a flier at the Newark Public Library for a print club from about 30 years ago, the club was created to revive the interest in the fine art of printmaking in the city of Newark. PRINT CLUB began in January 2013, and quickly gained momentum as a community hub and true gathering around the printing press. This exhibition features fine art prints created in Newark during PRINT CLUB throughout the year. Print Club is supported by a Newark Arts Council ArtStart Grant.

Creator's Club and Art + Design Market

Saturday, October 11th
11:00AM
05:00PM

At Creator's Club you can help prepare an Animodule, create a sign or banner, or something of your very own! The club is open to all age groups, organizations and schools. All you have to do to join in the fun is show up!

Montclair Art Museum Art Truck @ cWOW

Saturday, October 11th
12:00PM
03:00PM

Join City Without Walls in collaboration with the Montclair Art Museum for the MAM Art Truck during Open Doors in the parking lot next to the gallery. The MAM Art Truck is a mobile open studio driven by artist Dan Fenelon, housed in a retrofitted ice cream truck that offers free art projects and lessons to the community. The current exhibition TLWBAT (The Learner Will Be Able To…) curated by Robert Richardson will be on view. Follow the truck on social media using the hashtag #MAMarttruck!

Newark in Relief: A Collaborative Print Project

Saturday, October 11th
12:00PM
04:00PM

Come join the Newark Print Shop and participate in a collaborative printmaking project. We will be creating relief prints individuals and printing on a continuous 30 foot sheet of paper. Upon completion of the project, the print will be displayed permanently in the shop. Open to the public, come one come all!