Events > Events 2009 - 2011
Art Outside School: Local Resources for Local Kids
October 27, 8 PM
Panelists include teaching artist and Ramapo College Professor Ann LePore; Deputy Director for Education at the Newark Museum, Ted Lind; Director of Education at the Montclair Museum Gary Schneider; and college freshman Claudia Phillips, who as a high school student participated in Gallery Aferro's Identity Blueprint program. Moderated by Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox, co-founders of Gallery Aferro
2011 Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Artist Talks and Open Studios
May 21, 12-3 PM
On Saturday, May
21, 2011 Gallery Aferro will host the 2011 Gallery Aferro Studio Residency
Artist Talks and Open Studios. Featuring five current Artists-in-Residence,
this event will focus on showcasing the work of Patricia Cazorla, Marcy
Chevali, Don Edler, Ken Weathersby and Walter Zimmerman.
Beginning at noon,
each artist will give a brief presentation on their work. These informal talks
may include introductions of past and present bodies of work, discussions on
conceptual and thematic concerns and Q&A. Following the Artist Talks, you
will be invited into the artists’ studios form 1:30 -3:00 PM to view the work
in person and for further in-depth discussion. Refreshments will be served. Please
join us Saturday, May 21st for this exciting opportunity! Meet the artists, see
their studios, and catch the current shows on exhibition if you haven’t
Patricia Cazorla is a Venezuelan-born artist who will present her latest series of mixed media-drawings. A collaborative project with artist Nancy Saleme, the works reflect on issues of migrant farm workers in the US.
Marcy Chevali will share her work in which she creates parallel maps for things that are not tangible. She arranges string, water, tea leaves, turmeric, words, fabric and tracing paper to re-create emotional situations from her own life.
Don Edler will present a new body of large-scale
sculptural works that investigate compounding structural systems in our world.
Made of recycled commercial materials, the works imply physical struggles.
Ken Weathersby will discuss the development of his painting over the last several years. This body of work is primarily involved in pulling apart the given syntax of "painting", exposing or recombining aspects of painting's conventions.
Walter Zimmerman will present his on-going body of work that incorporates various industrial materials to create personified armatures for heat-shrunk plastic skins.
The Artist Talks will begin at 12 PM, followed by refreshments and the Open Studios event from 1:30 PM- 3 PM.
3rd annual benefit art auction Saturday June 18, 7-10
Tickets on sale NOW
Join us for Art Reaction, our 3rd annual party and auction. 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. Enjoy music, novel activities, local food, strong signature drinks and your
community. Please contact us for more information at email@example.com
This June, we celebrate our 5th year on Market Street.
In that time, Gallery Aferro has:
-become a 501(c)3 nonprofit
-exhibited over 500 local, national and international artists
-granted workspace to 54 artists
-created 19 publications including a sound art CD
-collaborated with dozens of other community-based organizations
-hosted and created talks, screenings and demonstrations for high schools, colleges, universities, professional and senior groups, recovery programs, and others
-created off-site exhibition opportunities for NJ artists
-launched a gift shop that encourages civic pride and creates income for local artisans
-launched an education program connecting young women with creative experiences and computer literacy-participated in a nationwide protest against the censorship of art
Promises, Promises III
Anne Dushanko Dobek
Gallery Aferro will be a collection point for donated petticoats/ dresses being collected by the artist for her upcoming installation, as part of an ongoing series titled “Silent Voices." Drop off donations at Gallery Aferro from March 5 – April 2 during regular gallery hours of Th – Sat 12-6.
Promises Promises III is based upon a real incident: In March 2002 four young girls were found enslaved in brothels in Plainfield and Elizabeth NJ. The horror of their story was the motivation for this work which is a larger scale variation of site specific installations in the garden of the Pen and Brush Club in NYC (2009) and the New Jersey Arts Annual (2010)
Promises, Promises III consists of several hundred net petticoats from donated wedding, bridesmaid and Quinceanera gowns. Torn, dyed, shredded and painted, the petticoats hang haphazardly from the ceiling. This seductive cloud reminds us of girlish dreams: weddings, ballerinas and princesses.This work symbolically references a real event: four young girls trafficked into the country with promises of marriage. Their gruesome life in a brothel was not a rarity. Promises, Promises III was designed to raise awareness of this depraved international business. Join others in donating your net petticoats from wedding, bridesmaid or Quinceanera dresses, tutus or costumes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Artist Talk Series
Saturdays November 11, December 4 and December 11 2010 from 3:30-5 PM
2nd Annual Holiday Party
December 11, 2010 5-10 PM
Gallery Aferro invites you to the 2nd Annual Holiday Party on December 11 from 5-10 PM.
Join us for a potluck spread with roasted chestnuts, organic hot chocolate and a hot signature drink and shop at Art Shop for all your holiday gifts.
Your purchases support Identity Blueprint, Gallery Aferro's new educational program for Newark public high school female students!
Listening Party and Launch for our first sound art project, "Elevator Music," juried by Adam Trowbridge with CD design by Andrew Wilkinson. Buy the CD, and you too can hear what will be on indefinite loop in our freight elevator.
Join the artists for the closing reception for Greg Leshe's "Ground-over Skies," Irys Schenker's "You're a Big Girl Now" and Anonda Bell and Tara de la Garza's "Ripe: Conception and Perception"
Art Shop's selection of unique Artist-made items includes jewelry, gift items, art, prints and cards, pottery,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!
Aferro Publication No. 17 Listening Party and CD Launch
December 11, 2010, 5-10 PM
9 artists and groups have created a total of 51 minutes of music to be played on permanent loop in the freight elevator of Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, USA and archived as part of Aferro Publications as a limited edition CD of 70.
3 Teens Kill 4 - No Motive: David Wojnarowicz, Jesse Hultberg, Julie Hair, Bill Gerstel, Brian Butterick, Doug Bressler,
Anette Barbier, Zoe Chan, Spencer Frohwirth, Kevin Ley, F. Ribeiro, Pablo Sanz Almoguera, Benjamin Thorp, Jessica Westbrook
Curated by Adam Trowbridge
Concept by Emma Wilcox
CD Design by Andrew Wilkinson
Adam Trowbridge is an artist focused on research that fractures the intersection of sensation and cognition, or any collective basis for meaning, purpose and communication. His work explores the aesthetic possibilities that arise as communication breaks down. Using new media and popular culture in a practice at the intersection of linguistics and sensational aesthetics, he invents incidents that occur slightly above the noise level, between words that organize our communities and the chaos that lies beyond them. Materially, his recent work has been in the form of theater, performance, responsive art and video. He is also working with Philadelphia’s Basekamp to expand the education outreach of Plausible Artworlds, a collaborative initiative that aims to provide a platform for examining and accompanying the emergence of plural artistic environments.
Screening: David Wojnarowicz, A Fire In My Belly
Saturday December 11, 5:30 PM
Gallery Aferro will be screening David Wojnarowicz' "A Fire in My Belly" in reaction to the Smithsonian's removal of this work from their exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" at the National Portrait Gallery on November 30, days before World AIDS Day.
Please join us at 5:30 in the new media room to see the film and discuss.
This screening is part of a nationwide movement to screen the film and discuss it publicly.
David Wojnarowicz was an openly gay artist, filmmaker, photographer, writer, and activist who chronicled a late-twentieth century New York ravaged by AIDS. His multi-media work is notable for combining elements of personal narrative with erotic, often confrontational imagery. Published writings include the books "Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration" and "Memories That Smell Like Gasoline". His activities included performing in a band, 3 Teens Kill 4 - No Motive. An iconic image of the Wojnarowicz appears in the film "Silence = Death", where he appears with his mouth sewn shut in a reference to ACT-UP slogan. Wojnarowicz continued to produce work until his death from AIDS-related complications on July 22, 1992 at the age of 37.
David Wojnarowicz, "A Fire In My Belly (Film In Progress)", 1986-87 Super 8mm film, black and white & color Silent TRT: 00:13:06
Video provided courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York and The Fales Library and Special Collections/ New York University
Purse Hacking Workshop
September 25, 1-3 PM
with Johana Moscoso, Maria Jimenez and Norene Leddy
Learn how to add an audible alarm, hidden pockets, and LEDs to your purse! Join us for a purse hacking workshop with Johana Moscoso, Maria Jimenez and Norene Leddy. Bring your own handbag(s), we will supply the equipment and materials for alarms, pockets, and LEDs.
Please RSVP to email@example.com as space is limited
This workshop is part of the exhibition "What a girl wants, what a girl needs: The Aphrodite Project" at Gallery Aferro, Sept. 11-Oct. 2, 2010.
$10 requested donation for materials, but no one will be turned away
Utopian Standard: Bjørn Erik Haugen
Bjørn Erik Haugen works mainly with photo, sound- and video installation, with a political emphasis. Utopian Standard is a black banner with white text: "We could and we might." The Font used on
the banner is "Utopia Std." The banner will be carried by Newark
public school students as Gallery Aferro's representation in the third
annual Newark Arts Parade.
The thought behind the work is to show modern societies internalises a potential fear and consern in its people. My opinion is that through creating fear and uncertainty one creates a people that is more easily for the politicians to govern. The intention using the font is to appropriate and use the title and show fear and violence through history has been utilizes as a tool for creating and realizing a Utopian society, an ideal state and a paradise on earth. ”The best of all possible worlds,” as Candide says in the book by Voltaire by the same name.
Foucault has in his writings analysed how institutions through power and knowledge, creates, and influences the structures of society and of people's minds. In his book "Discipline and Punish" one of his main points is that in modern societies one turns from corporal punishment for an internal change of the person which also gives the possibility to control the person from within himself.
Paper Moon: Art Party and Benefit Auction for Gallery Aferro
June 19th, 7 - 10 PM
Paper Moon, our second annual benefit art part and auction, was a success. Thank you to everyone involved!!!!!!
Art Auction and Party! Signature drinks and great local catering! Music by DJ Amanda of Brick City Burlesque!
Interactive Photo Event with the opportunity to have your professional portrait taken with your choice of artist-created backdrops,
by: Peter Brauch, Rick Reiser, Raul Villarreal, and students from Newark's own Arts High School
Benefit to support Gallery Aferro's programing with raffle and auction of artworks by:
Alava, Mauro Altamura, Kenseth Armstead, Les Ayre, Lathoriel
Badenhausen, Lorna Barrowclough, Gregg Beckett, Katrina Bello, Gianluca
Bianchino, Jeanne Brasile, Peter Brauch, Jo Ann Brody, Mona Brody,
Laura Bruce, Irene Christensen, Taheera Cochran, Margarida Corriea,
Patricia Dahlman, Denise de la Cerda*, Wyndi DeSouza,
Dushanko Dobek, Alyssa Edmee Fanning, Lisa Elmaleh, Dahlia Elsayed, Susan E. Evans, Matt
Greenwell, Julie Hair, Victoria Hanks, Carla Hansen, Marion Held, Peter
Herley, William Hudders, Stephen
Hutchins, Rebecca Jampol, Hyo Jeong Nam, Darren Jones, Jayson Keeling,
Anki King, Hiroshi Kumagai, Robert Lach, Barbara Landes,Valeri
Larko, Norene Leddy, Ann LePore, Greg Leshe, Michelle Levante, Lara
Loutrel, Nancy Mahl, Gayle Mahoney,
Olivia Maldonado, Karen Margolis, Teresa Marra, John Maters, Tim Maul, Margaret Murphy, Park McArthur,
Anne Q. McKeown, Dave
Miller, Stephen Mishol, Traci Molloy, Michelle Mumoli, Judy
Negron, Paula Neto, Mathew Nicolosi, Leah Oates, Sylvia Padilla,
Joan Pamboukes, Kelly Ann Pinho, James Prez, Jae Quinlan, Anil CS Rao,
Blithe Riley, Ryan Roa, Angela Rossi, Liz Sales, Jessica Santos, Irys
Schenker, Sam Sebren, DC Smith, Laurinda Stockwell, Helen Stummer, Stan Sudol,
Charlee Swanson, Aileen Tat, Amanda Thackray, Calla Thompson, Rollo Tomasi, Kai Vierstra, Raul Villarreal, James Vining, Joe Waks, Andrew Wilkinson, Robert E. Williams, Michelle Wilson, Andrew Wilkinson, Agnes Wszolkowski, Tony Zaza, Sue Zwick
and many other local, national and international artists
Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series 4/24, 2010 6:30 PM
Screening and Panel
New Media Room
Gallery Aferro and the Cape May Film Society are very pleased to present the second event in the new, quarterly Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series. As part of Smithsonian's Jazz Appreciation Month, Gallery Aferro will be screening Unstrung, a documentary about the life of legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, followed by a panel discussion with subject Pat Martino, director Ian Knox, and specials guests. Vintage images of Mr. Martino by Len DeLessio will be on exhibit. Mr. DeLessio will be presenting Mr. Martino with a portfolio set of the images.
In 1980 Pat Martino moved his belongings from California to Philadelphia to live with two complete strangers: his parents. As a young jazz guitar virtuoso he had achieved near legendary status during the 60s and 70s, before being diagnosed with a life-threatening brain condition. Surgery had saved his life but wiped his memory. Back in his childhood home, surrounded by the relics of his former life, his father played him his old recordings at full volume and friends rallied to try to coax him back to being the great artist he had been. He could not dispute the evidence; the face in the mirror was the same as the one on the record sleeves but it meant nothing to him.
In the following months. Martino made a remarkable recovery. Through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument. His past recordings eventually became "an old friend, a spiritual experience which remained beautiful and honest."
Director Ian Knox and Neuropsycologist Paul Broks travel America in search of the soul of the legendary jazz guitar great Pat Martino. Tracing his remarkable return from the depths of amnesia to the peak of artistic achievement, Broks explores the nature of memory, self, creativity and the mysterious brain mechanisms underlying the construction of personal identity. What is the self? How much change can it survive? Today, Martino lives in Philadelphia again and continues to grow as a musician.
Visit the retro concession stand for popcorn, organic, fair-trade hot chocolate and other classics.
Hosted in conjunction with the Cape May Film Festival
We are proud to be part of the Smithsonian's Jazz Appreciation Month!
Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series
2/26 and 2/27 2010
Gallery Aferro and the Cape May Film Society are very pleased to present the first two day event in the new Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series.
On February 26th and 27th, all are invited to the New Media Room for critically-acclaimed short and feature length independent films including "The Yes Men Fix the World." Several of the filmmakers and at least one subject will be present to take questions.
Visit the retro concession stand for popcorn, organic, fair-trade hot chocolate and other classics. Full lineup on films to be posted soon!
Feb 26: 7 PM Strongman, Zachary Levy, Winner of “Best Feature Documentary” at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival, Strongman has been described as “strangely beautiful,” by Variety’s John Anderson. The film follows the hopes and dreams of New Jersey’s own "Stanless Steel"--the only man alive who can bend pennies with his fingers--as he tries to gain control of a world that seems constantly beyond his grasp.
3 PM This one-hour session features the work from the Cape May Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers programs and other works from emerging filmmaking students including Have You Heard: The Trouble with Gossip, created by Woodbine Elementary School based on an age-old problem, and Dream Day of the Dead, a zombie film.
Shoebox Redhead (Matthew Lawrence)
For a Few Marbles More (Jelmar Hufen)
Kid (Miguel Alvarez,)
One Soul (Arun Vaidyanathan)
Yanling’s Oranges (Connie Yen)
Girls, Robots and Digital Cameras (Richard Law)
Plane Face (Adam Brown)
Paper Dreams (Mike Marino)
The Yes Men Fix the World, (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) A true story about two political activists (Bichlbaum and Bonanno) who pose as top executives of giant corporations. They lie their way into big business conferences, major network news telecasts, and other high profile events to pull off the world's most outrageous pranks. It opened to a packed house at Sundance, and was the winner at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.
Hosted in conjunction with the Cape May Film Festival
Next program in the series: April 23-24, 2010
Featuring the documentary “Unstrung” on the life of legendary jazz
guitarist Pat Martino (hosted as part of the Smithsonian Institute’s
“Jazz Appreciation Month”
Filthy Lucre Panel Discussion
Saturday November 7, 2009 4PM
What is art without money?
Please join us as we continue to address this question.
Gallery Aferro is hosting a panel discussion as part of Filthy Lucre curated by Nancy Mahl.
Artist Jeanette Louie will moderate. Admission is of course free.
Nancy Mahl - visual artist/curator
Emma Wilcox - cofounder, Gallery Aferro
Robert E. Williams - visual artist
Paul Wirhun - visual artist
Terence Hunt - visual artist
Henry Sanchez - visual artist
Mary Anne Caton - writer
Sally O'Driscoll - writer
Curated by Nancy Mahl of Progressive Culture Works
Filthy Lucre examines the transformative power of valuation upon art and the people who make it. The artists, performers, and writers participating in the project have investigated the definitions and functions of art as a commodity and queried the practice of artmaking from inside and outside the realm of monetary exchange. The work, from the purely theoretical to the frankly hilarious, is by artists representing a broad spectrum of age, background, education, and commercial success. Particular focus is brought to unsalable art and what becomes of it, the effects of commercial success on artmaking practice, the spiritual function of art, defining the consumer of art, the difference between precious and valuable, the economic element in definitions of high, outsider, and folk art; and the ever-fraught relationship of artist and patron.
In Memorium: Red Sea Fuscus Triggerfish and Yellow Tang
The deaths of two actors featured in Andrew Demirjian and Zachary Seldess's Nitrogen Cycles installation have been confirmed. While alive, the two saltwater tropical fish garnered acclaim from the public, as well as a mention in Time Out New York. Send remembrances to firstname.lastname@example.org