Opening party for SIX EXHIBITIONS this Sunday 09.29.13 from 1-6 p.m.
**Free shuttles will run from Milk Studios starting at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, visit artmanafest.com.
Earlier this year, the press officer of a new gallery called MANA Contemporary invited me to come along on a press trip to preview the opening of a few new exhibitions, which I covered here. Yesterday I got to tag along again so I brought my friend/artist Lacee Swan for the ride. I had a feeling she would absolutely love it (which she did).
Mana Contemporary is building up strong arts community which includes gallery space, resident artists, dance studios and music, spanning over 2 million square feet in New Jersey, just on the other side of the tunnel. This press preview included 6 new exhibitions that are opening this Sunday 09.29.13 from 1-6pm with a huge party to kick it off. If you’ve ever been to an art opening that pretty much means free drinks, art and my favorite… PEOPLE WATCHING!
Check out some of my photos from the press day below and make sure you head over there this Sunday! They provide free transportation from Milk Studios in NYC. More details below.
POP CULTURE: SELECTIONS FROM THE FREDERICK R. WEISMAN ART FOUNDATION – Its pop art! Included in the show are iconic works including all 10 of Andy Warhol’s variously hued Marilyn Monroe silkscreens, as well as important works by Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Roy Lichtenstein, Yayoi Kusama, Edward Ruscha, and TONS of others. A must see for any pop art heads.
CAROLE FEUERMAN: THE GOLDEN MEAN – A sculpture garden!
SHOJA AZARI AND SHAHRAM KARIMI: MAGIC OF LIGHT – a solo show in the first floor gallery by the internationally renowned artist and filmmaker, uses combined mixed mediums of video & oil paintings to get a really interesting effect with lots of depth that typical video and painting cannot achieve separately.
SYRIA: A SILENCED SCREAM – In the early, initially peaceful stages of the Syrian uprising, a group of activist artists named “The Syrian People Know Their Way” sought to disseminate powerful imagery, clever both visually and intellectually, protesting the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Their distinctive posters, produced collectively both inside and outside Syria via the Internet, challenge nearly 50 years of Ba’athist propaganda and allow viewers to examine the political reality of Syria through the perspective of the strugglers, rather than through the prism of the values of the Western world.
Making its U.S. debut, Syria: A Silenced Scream, reveals the struggle of the resistance artists who have since been silenced. The exhibition opens at a time when estimated 100,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict. Designed as an archive, the exhibition memorializes the movement for generations to come.
Mana Contemporary provides a Free Shuttle Bus from Manhattan: Shuttles to the event will be running every half hour from 12:30-3:30 p.m. from Milk Studios (450 W. 15th St., NY NY) and returning from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Mana Contemporary is located at 888 Newark Ave, jersey City, NJ 07306
Thank you Selena Ricks & Mana Contemporary for hosting us.
All shots taken with the Hipstamatic app with IZZI Gadgets adapter on iPhone 5.