Jan Sawka: The Artists’ Role in Changing The World
November 16th 12-5pm
Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ
Gallery Aferro, the Newark Arts Council, and the Paul Robeson Galleries of Rutgers University present a free symposium using the sociopolitical context of the late Polish American artist Jan Sawka's work as a jumping off point to look at art and activism. Speakers Frank Boyer, Jeffrey Goldfarb and Cynthia Nadelman will present on The subversive power of writing, letters, and coded language as manifested in Sawka's visual art,(Nadelman), Living in Truth through Art: The Power of the not so Powerless (Goldfarb), and Art in the political and public space, then and now (Boyer). Public art and the artist’s role in its creation are at the heart of promoting civic dialogue everywhere. At its June 2013 artist development workshop Re-Source 3, the Newark Arts Council (NAC) initiated the discussion about public art and its importance in Newark’s continuing renaissance. NAC’s partnership with Gallery Aferro and Rutgers Newark’s Paul Robeson Galleries is a means of expanding on this important discourse. For the past decade, the Newark Arts Council has championed for the recognition and creation of public art in the City of Newark as part of its ongoing revival.
Sawka's career began with work that expressed artistic
opposition to the totalitarian communist regime of his native Poland,
leading to his being included in the Polish School of the Poster, but
also to his exile by the age of 30. Upon reaching the United States, his
creative collaborations merged into counter-cultural, activist,
avant-garde and alternative movements within the country he would call
home for the majority of his career. This included collaborations as
diverse as off-Broadway set designs and working with Samuel Beckett, to
creating a historic art installation set for the Grateful Dead.
He continued to create work that would ultimately help change the political system of his homeland and that would bring attention to issues as diverse as a non-nuclear future, human rights, apartheid and Mid-East peace. In the meantime, he created paintings and fine-art prints that confronted issues of freedom on societal, cultural and deeply personal levels that were shown in over 70 solo shows at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and other cities. His work is in over 60 museum collections around the world. The last award of his life was from the American Institute of Architects for his design for an inter-faith peace monument for Jerusalem. This symposium is an event of "Reflections on Everyman: The Work of Jan Sawka," a large exhibition of the artist's works that is on view at Gallery Aferro until December 14, 2013. This symposium is made possible by the support of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, the Polish American Business Club, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Polish National Tourist Office and the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, Rutgers University.
The presenting speakers, their topics and biographies:
Cynthia Nadelman: The subversive power of writing, letters, and coded language as manifested in Jan Sawka's visual art.
Ms. Nadelman is an art critic, curator and poet based in New York, a contributing editor of ARTnews for over 25 years. Her art writing has also appeared in Drawing, American Heritage, Arts, Elle, Manhattan, Inc., Sulfur, American Ceramics and numerous museum and gallery catalogues. Her poetry has been published in The Paris Review, Pequod, The Gettysburg Review, New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, and Partisan Review. She first became acquainted with Sawka's work in the early 1980s. Ms. Nadelman, whose parents were with the U.S. State Department, was born in Italy and grew up in Poland, Germany, Liberia, and Washington, D.C. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1975, majoring in German. She has received fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Nadelman is an authority on the work of her grandfather, the Polish-American sculptor Elie Nadelman.
Jeffrey Goldfarb: Living in Truth through Art: The Power of the not so Powerless.
Mr. Goldfarb is the Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research and he teaches "Media and Micro-politics" and the "Advanced Seminar in Sociology of Culture." His most recent publications include "The Politics of Small Things, Left and Right" (2006), The Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times (2006) and Civility and Subversion: The Intellectual in Democratic Society (1998). He also studied the freedom movements of Central Europe and one of his books deals with the transitions of the political systems there: "After the Fall: The Pursuit of Democracy in Central Europe" (1992). (Title references the essay "The Power of the Powerless" by the Czech playwright, political activist and first president of a free Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel.)
Frank Boyer: Art in the political and public space, then and now.
Mr. Boyer's presentation will provide an overview of how the place of artist expression, and thus that of the artist's role in society, has undergone change since the 1980's to today within the art scene of New York and its surrounding area.
Frank Boyer holds an MA in Humanities and DA (Doctor of Arts) from the Program in Art and Art Professions in The Steinhardt School of Education at NYU. He teaches art-related subjects at SUNY-New Paltz and SUNY-Ulster, and in addition to poetry, fiction, and drama, writes art theory and cultural criticism. Dr. Boyer participated in the performance art scene of the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 1980's. He has worked as an arts administrator and grant-writer, particularly in the realms of art in education.
Gallery Aferro and RBH Group launch new public art series lighting up Market Street corridor!
“Activate: Market Street” features new media art and installation in multiple downtown Newark storefronts!
Newark, NJ- Gallery Aferro is thrilled to announce “Activate: Market Street,” a new, year-round public art project transforming hundreds of linear feet of vacant storefront windows in Newark’s historic downtown district. Four storefronts owned by RBH Group on Market Street between Washington and University Streets will be activated nightly with films, animation, neon sculptures, kinetic and interactive art, and other kinds of self-illuminated artworks from local, national and international artists. Supported by RBH Group, and created by Gallery Aferro, the project delivers arresting, unexpected, and highly memorable experiences with contemporary art directly to the public, whether residents, students, workers or first-time visitors. The project launch coincides with Gallery Aferro’s 5th annual benefit art auction and party on June 15th, connecting attendees and passersby’s alike with a tangible example of the work of local arts nonprofits to advance vibrancy in the city.
Launch locations: 73 Market Street, 75 Market Street, 77 Market Street, 85 Market Street, 93 Market Street. Hours: dusk till late, Thursday to Saturday, beginning June 15th at dusk.
The project will rotate seasonally, corresponding with Gallery Aferro’s award-winning exhibition programming and events taking place in an RBH building at 73 Market Street, where the gallery has been headquartered since 2006. Artists featured for the first rotation from June through September are Fanny Allie, Dave Beck, Matt Broach, Dmitry Morozov, Katie Truk. Additional artists selected by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne of CologneOFF, a European programmatic collaborator are Ezra Wube, Stine Gromshott, Johanna Reich and Signe Lillemark. In addition to offering nightly storefront art viewings, the gallery plans to create additional innovative events that will utilize the block’s sidewalk as a community space.
According to Evonne M. Davis, Gallery Aferro Co-Founder and Artistic Director, “We want to bring art directly to any willing audience. This project represents something we at Gallery Aferro have been working towards for many years. I’ve guest-curated guerilla film screenings in storefronts in Brooklyn and Jersey City, and am proud to be curating for a Newark audience on such an ambitious scale.”
Inspired by Gallery Aferro’s recent spring exhibition featuring neon sculptures by French artist Fanny Allie in the windows along Market Street, RBH Group wanted to see more of such activation of the streetscape. “We are excited to be working with Gallery Aferro on this innovative project”, says RBH Group CEO Ron Beit. “With our Teachers Village Project currently under construction and the Four Corners Millennium Project now underway, the Activate Market Street initiative is a precursor to the transformation this part of downtown will be experiencing in the months and years to come.”
In collaboration with RBH Group, Gallery Aferro conceptualized the project from a deeply felt understanding of a 24-hour city. Cities that are vibrant and livable have streetscapes that provide both unexpected excitement as well as spaces for peaceful contemplation. We believe in art experiences that are simultaneously accessible, challenging, and pleasurable. Gallery Aferro has executed numerous successful projects that activated vacant or underutilized spaces for cultural experiences open to all. These have included storefront and building exterior projection screenings, community drop-in tintype portrait days and the 48 Hour Line, an all night nonstop drawing fest. We draw inspiration from sources such as Creative Time’s early work in Times Square, from the European tradition of all-night art festival Nuite Blanches, from the use of neon and film by the Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Multi-Media and Light-Based Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, from New York City’s Lumen Festival, and from the nationwide placemaking movement.
Get involved: The public are asked to tag all photos they take of the project and/or themselves with it with @GalleryAferro and @Activate:Market to take the project from the street to Facebook!
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5th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party
June 15, 2013, 7-10 PM (VIP Preview 5:30-7)
Regular Advance Tickets $25 / Regular Tickets at Door $30
Advance VIP Tickets $100 / VIP Tickets at Door $150
On Sale Now Here: www.aferro.org and by mail to PO Box 5668 Newark NJ 07105
Gallery Aferro is thrilled to announce the 5th
Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party on June 15th. This
festive event features hundreds of artworks and experiences by emerging and
established artists, live jazz by the William Spaulding Quartet, seasonal
foodstuffs, strong signature cocktails as well as icy beer from Hunterdon
Brewery, and many, many wonderful door prizes including but not limited to fine
dining experiences, theatre tickets, and gifts from McCarter Theatre, Stencil1,
Shy Brothers Farm and others.
All proceeds from tickets and purchases make possible Gallery Aferro's year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications and expanding education program. Gallery Aferro is a nonprofit alternative arts space founded by artists Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox in 2003, offering engaging exhibitions that connect new audiences in a welcoming environment that builds community and reflects a positive image of Newark. The gallery has received two back-to-back Citations of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and has been described by Inside New Jersey magazine as offering "a dizzying array of contemporary art." The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has praised our “expansive vision, impact in Newark as well as regionally and even internationally”, and our “exemplary mentoring opportunities for young artists.”
For one night only unique artworks by emerging and
established artists will be available for sale at prices that will enlarge or
establish your collection. Delight a friend, colleague or loved one with the
gift of artwork. Bring someone who's never been to the gallery, or to Newark,
or someone you come with every year. Bask in the knowledge that you've
supported downtown vibrancy, the free exchange of ideas, and arts access for
the next generation. Dance and have fun.
Gallery Aferro has exhibited over 500 local, national and international artists, granted workspace to more than 60 artists, created 21 publications including a sound art CD and feminist art history handouts, collaborated with dozens of other community-based organizations, galleries and museums, hosted and created talks, screenings and demonstrations for high schools, colleges, universities, professional and senior groups, created off-site exhibition opportunities for NJ artists and expanded our educational offerings, starting with our program connecting Newark’s young women with creative experiences and computer literacy
Sponsors: AMC, Cabot, Canvas on Demand, Canvas4Life, Clearview Cinemas, Field Station Dinosaurs, Fresh Direct,Hunterdon Brewery, Larry Litt, McCarter Theatre, Minted, NJ State Theatre, Old Sturbridge Village, Panera Bread, Portrait Innovations, Redbox, Remco Press, Shy Brothers Farm, Spanish Tavern, Stash Tea, Stencil1, Tom Binh, Two River Theatre.
Thanks for your support! We can't wait to see you on June 15th!
The Children's Games Project: Louisa Armbrust
A Visual Dictionary to Bruegel's Children's Games
Children's Games, painted by Pieter Bruegel in 1560, shows over 80 games being played in a town square. For the Children's Games Project I have created a set of drawings cataloging the individual games shown in the painting. These drawings serve as a guide for participants to pick their favorite game to re-enact. Participants may play the game, or simply re-create the pose as shown in the painting. In either case the results are captured on camera and shared via the project website: http://www.childrensgamesproject.com/The goal of the CGP is to create a contemporary archive of re-enactments and reinterpretations of the play in Bruegel's painting. The CGP examines, playfully, the humanism and wit of an early Renaissance masterwork that is still current today.
Corpus: Michelle Wilson
Carbon Corpus is an ongoing project examining environmental issues and alternative economies. This project aims to examine the choices inherent lessening a carbon footprint, and also to critique the difficulties therein in modern society. For Carbon Corpus, Michelle Wilson is offering for sale the animal-based carbon credits to her body to purchasers. For the initial public offering (IPO), a share, defined as one week of purchased time, are offered at $50/share. In exchange for their purchase, Michelle will eat a vegan diet for the period of time purchased. Buyers will also receive certificates to the authenticity of her commitment and the amount of carbon offset, approximately sixty pounds of carbon dioxide per share. To get involved and for more information please visit carboncorpus.blogspot.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
10 free window boxes for Newark residents from artist Moira Williams
Through May 31, 2013
For an ongoing work that will be in Gallery Aferro’s front windows at 73 Market Street. You can be a part of Homegrown Security! Homegrown Security is about celebrating heritage, cultural beliefs and knowledge through and about plants. Homegrown Security are window boxes as an invitation to share plant knowledge, folklore and recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation and meant to secure the lively vitality of plant knowledge and language. To secure, share and continue a culturally rich and diverse plant knowledge each person who wishes to participate will receive a custom made window box that will be fitted into their window. In exchange, I will ask people to share their knowledge about the plants they choose to grow.
Please contact: Moira Williams (631)-891-9144
Urban Foraging to Urban Table with artist Moira Williams
April 7, 1-4 PM
Do you like Nature?
Do you want to learn how to forage?
Do you want to learn how to cook what you forage?
Join Forager Dan Farelle and Artist Moira Williams for an urban foraging walk. Where we will discover wild edible and medicinal plants living with us in Newark! We will learn how to identify many plants revered in the herbal traditions for healing and how to forage for nutritious wild food from Branch Brook Park! Following our urban foraging we will go to Gallery Aferro where Moira will cook up a meal from our foraged foods.
Where: Branch Brook Park – Please meet us on the corner of Bloomfield and Lake St. across the street from Meineke. Additional parking is located in the Branch Brook Park. We will leave promptly at 1pm! Please contact Moira 631.891.9144 or email@example.com
Please bring a camera and notebook for recording the plants we find. We will make a foraging map together to leave in Gallery Aferro!
Dan Farella is a Forager, Herbalist, and Musician dedicated to working with Nature to further the healing of the planet and the soul. Dan teaches foraging, how to make medicinal products from wild herbs, fire making, and survival in the wild through Return to Nature. He also sells his own wild herbal products, teaches music, yoga, chanting, and meditation.
4th Annual Holiday Potluck & Closing Party
Gallery Aferro invites you to the 4th Annual Holiday Potluck & Closing Party on December 15, 2012 from 2-8 PM.
Open Studios from 2-4
Artist Talks from 4-6
Potluck & Party from 6-8
Bring something to share and sip on a very festive Nutella(!) hot chocolate cocktail and scarf down a bangin’ potluck spread. Those who have attended before can attest to the amazing array of yumminess that will ensue.
Join the artists for the closing reception of our current shows: Seth Ellis: Estimated Distance, Newark Scene and Heard: Narratives of an Artists’ Community curated by Bianca Monet, Steve Rossi: Sidewalk Alchemy, Lane Cooper: What Persists (Lillian).
Resident artist talks will commence at 4PM, featuring Dahlia Elsayed, Anne Q McKeown, Ibrahim Ahmed, Alexandra Desipris, James Horner, Bud McNichol, Jacob Mandel and Ken Weathersby.
A fun selection of hand made gift items will be for sale at our Art Shop Pop Up Craft Sale! Artisans include Vasquez, Blue Moon Creations and the extended Davis family including new, masculine crafts.
All proceeds, including your generous end–of-the-year donations will help benefit the community arts program of Gallery Aferro, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit!
We can't wait to see you and celebrate the end of another terrific year.
Winter 2012 Artist Talks
December 15, Open Studios 2-4, Artist Talks 4-6
Meet the artists and learn about their motivations, approach, and the trajectory of their current projects. Each artist will speak for 10 minutes only, leading to a compact taste of contemporary practice.
Ibrahim Ahmed, Alexandra Desipris, Dahlia Elsayed, James Horner, Jacob Mandel, Anne Q McKeown, Bud McNichol and Ken Weathersby.
Fall 2012 Open Studios and Community Conversations
October 7, 11-5, with NBA artists in conversation from 12-2
As part of Newark Open Doors, current resident artists at Gallery Aferro will open their studios from 11-5. Meet the artists and learn about their projects.
Exhibiting residency program alumna Lane Cooper will be giving a talk about her work, currently on view in the Project Room.
As part of the Newark Black Artists Oral History Project, select artists from the project will be creating a community conversation in the New Media Room from 12-2.
Refreshments from Hunterdon Brewery and the artists will be supplied. Please join us and explore the vibrant community within the 4 floors of Gallery Aferro's exhibition and studios spaces.
Anne Q. Mckeown
Evonne M. Davis
June 16, 2012 7-10 PM
Advance Tickets on sale now online/by mail**
Regular Tickets are $20 now or $25 at the door
VIP* Tickets are $100 now or $150 at door
*VIP Tickets include advanced preview and auction bidding options, free hand delivery within the tri-state area of artwork purchases over $200, and private tour of Gallery Aferro studio resident's studios.
Gallery Aferro is delighted to announce that our 4th annual silent auction and unsilent party, with live jazz by William
Spaulding Quartet, will be held on June 16th. This festive event, quickly becoming a local tradition, features hundreds of artworks for bid, novel entertainments, yummy foodstuffs and strong signature cocktails as well as icy beer from Hunterdon Brewery.
proceeds make possible Gallery Aferro's year-round exhibitions,
award-winning artist residencies, publications and expanding education
program. More than 80 local, national and international artists have
donated artworks and experiences, including a custom 140-character
letterpress "tweet," a USB drive of sound art from Finland, artist-led
tours from Iron Maiden Artist Tours and other offerings impossible to
classify but sure to thrill.
Gallery Aferro has exhibited over 500 local, national and international
artists, granted workspace to more than 60 artists,
created 19 publications including a sound art CD and feminist art history handouts, collaborated with dozens of other community-based organizations, hosted and created talks, screenings and demonstrations for high schools, colleges, universities, professional and senior groups, created off-site exhibition opportunities for NJ artists and expand our education program connecting Newark’s young women with creative experiences and computer literacy. Work by Gallery Aferro students will be included in the Newark Museum’s major exhibition, “Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art,” on view in September 2012.
Nicole Helen Brunner
Tai Hwa Goh
Daniel Patrick Helmstetter
Laura Lou Levy
Maria Driscoll McMahon
Geoffrey Owen Miller
Meera Lee Patel
Sarah Nicole Phillips
Seth Ruggles Hiler-Destino
Henry G. Sanchez
Hell's Kitchen Lounge
Jerry's Artist Outlet
Seton Hall University
StepOn To Design LLC
Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Artist Talks: Fall 2011
December 3, 1 PM
Featuring Katrina Bello, Marcy Chevali, Dahlia Elsayed, Nadja Frank and Jomar Statkun, Elizabeth Gilfilen, Vikki Michalios,
Nell Painter and Ken Weathersby.
Artists will be talking about past or current projects, processes, material, memory, scale, history, (missed) collisions, self representation and creation. Hot cider and Baklava will be served. Studios will be open after the talks for questions and mingling with the artists.
The 3rd Annual Holiday Party/ Sale / Potluck / Shindig
December 17, 5-9 PM
All proceeds, as well as your generous end-of-year donations benefit the community arts programs of Gallery Aferro, a
501 (c)3 nonprofit!
Art Shop's selection of unique artist-made items includes jewelry, gift items, art, prints and cards, pottery, artist books, pillows, decor and housewares, wallets and bags, tees, clothing and accessories for men, women, kids and babies, plus, of course, the famous record bowls!
10% off everything in shop with nothing held back
and 50% off on many items!
Join the artists for the closing reception for three shows on 2
floors: Relexification, Vital Signs: Eve + Bowie, Two Moons: Elizabeth Gilfilen.
What will you bring to share? See you soon.