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Exhibitions and facilities:the most comprehensive exhibition of wendy red star's work to date, and The portland-based artist's first solo Museum exhibition on The east coast, wendy red star: a scratch on The earth exhibited at The Newark Museum of Art from february-june 2019. This unprecedented show featured 60 works by red star, including loans from Museum collections throughout The united states, and highlights 15 years of red star's studio practice, from 2006 to 2019. [see continuation on schedule o]bringing The historical details of crow and colonist history into The technicolor present, red star uses photography, textiles, and mixed media installation to explore themes of crow history, The indigenous roots of feminism, and contemporary life on The crow indian reservation in Montana where she was raised. An enrolled member of The apsaalooke (crow) tribe, red star works across disciplines to explore The intersections of native american ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Drawing on pop culture, conceptual Art, and aspects of reservation life and crow traditions, she pushes photography in new directions - from self-portraiture to photo-collage and altered historical photographs - to incorporating photography with textiles and fashion as bearers of tradition. At The heart of The exhibition, visitors experienced a new immersive multi-media installation, co-directed by red star and amelia winger-bearskin, artist and google vr jump start creator. Titled monsters, this five-minute video was screened inside a simulated sweat lodge. Monsters documents The Montana landscape in a 360 degree format and brings to life aspects of crow mythology embedded in The landscape.the transformation of The Museum's modern and contemporary american Art galleries on The second floor of The north wing was celebrated with an opening in march 2019. The reinstallation and reinterpretation now includes a broader view of american Art that does justice to The diversity and scope of The collections. This new thematic gallery explores connections between indigenous Art and euro-american modernism, drawing on The Museum's collections and The ideas of john sloan, walter pach, holger cahill and amelia elizabeth white. Works from The native american and euro-american collections will be featured, including objects from The arts of The americas collection (pueblo watercolorists and other native american hide and sculptural works featuring abstract designs) as well as american modernists like adolf gottlieb, louise nevelson, josef albers and leon polk smith. To further affirm The new direction of The american Art department, The Museum featured a special exhibition in The american contemporary galleries with an original exhibition by los angeles-based artist matthew brandt. This continues The Museum's long-held practice of supporting an artist-in-residency program, which is in keeping with The institution's founding principles of supporting and presenting The work of living artists. Brandt's photographic practice engages directly with landscape Art, natural science, history and The altered environment. Brandt researched The city of Newark and The surrounding environment to develop new work for this show, which is now installed as a long-term rotation in The american contemporary galleries. As part of The artist-in-residency program, brandt met with The Museum's educators and explorers (members of The Museum's high school apprentice program) to share his research and his unique approach to experimental materials and old and new photographic processes. A sparkling, colorful gift of steuben glass from The thomas n. armstrong iii collection is on display in unexpected color: a journey through glass, which opened in april 2019, and showcases more than 130 works in glass designed by frederick carder for The famed steuben glass works from 1903 to 1933 and used in a variety of settings by The collector.organized by The colors carder created and patented, The exhibition presents a jewel box of shimmering glass. Carder was fascinated with ancient glass colors and forms, and he worked to recreate The iridescent colors of excavated ancient greek and roman glass. He also designed new shapes inspired by chinese and venetian glass as well as shapes influenced by Art nouveau and Art deco styles, modern at The time. Carder kept detailed notebooks of his color formulas and glass types, revealing The glassblowing chemistry and techniques used to create The variety of functional and decorative glassware in The exhibition, including vases, bowls, candlesticks and stemware. The exhibition includes interactive tablets to connect carder's formulas and shapes with The colors and forms on display. Audio recordings of carder interviews also heighten The story of The experimentation behind The creation of this colorful glass.beyond zen: japanese buddhism revealed, on view from october 2019-january 2020, introduces audiences to magnificent works of japanese buddhist Art from The Museum's permanent collection, many of which have never been displayed before. The show explores The basic tenets of mahayana buddhism in japan through more than 50 works - including paintings, sculptures and ritual implements. Visitors also gain an understanding of how The objects on display were used in buddhist practice. Exhibition-related public programming exploring The japanese tea ceremony and The buddhist practice of mindfulness meditation will present additional opportunities for multicultural learning.what exit? The new jersey spirit: photographs by timothy white , on view fron october 2019 - january 2020, features stunning black & white portraits of high-profile individuals with roots based in new jersey - all leading names in film, popular music and television - by award-winning photographer timothy white. One of The most sought-after celebrity photographers, white is well known for his ability to capture The intimate and playful sides of legendary, actors, musicians and artists as well as The innocence of up and comers, demonstrating an uncanny ability to incorporate an entire narrative into a single image. His images have appeared on popular movie posters, in countless publications and on dozens of album covers.
Registrar & curatorial:the Newark Museum of Art's vast and diverse collections of more than 200,000 active in use objects, ranks, in terms of its holdings, among The top 30 museums nationally.the Museum is now custodian to over 300,000 objects in The departments of american Art, asian Art, african Art, native american Art, decorative arts, numismatics, and an important natural science collection. The Museum is also The home of The historic ballantine house. [see continuation on schedule o]the Museum's collections support its community service mission by providing The inspiration and content for an extensive k-12 education program. By partnering with teachers and education administrators to deliver curriculum, field trips and professional development for teachers, The Museum services between 25,000 to 50,000 students and educators each year. Community events, including The longest running black film festival in The country, a free martin luther king, jr. day free celebration and family drop-in programs on saturday mornings, include content integrated from The collections.in 2019, 247 objects were added to The Museum's online searchable database and 5 purchases, 17 gifts, and 16 transfers were accessioned into our permanent collection.
Education and public program:the 45th Newark Museum black film festival (nmbff) premiered at The Newark Museum of Art on june 26th with The festival's opening night celebrating Newark's black underground roller-skating culture with a pop-up roller rink outside The Museum, followed by a screening of The hbo documentary film united skates. As The longest running black film festival in The united states, The nbff enjoyed great success during 2019 among audiences from Newark, essex county and beyond. More than 3,000 participants attended The evening adult and afternoon children series of films. [see continuation on schedule o]visitor engagement with each film was deepened through post screening discussions and question/answer sessions with guest speakers that included producers, directors, filmmakers, scholars and artists. As part of The festival, The Museum partnered with women in media-newark which provided access to five high-schools girls from Newark with The opportunity to participate in stop motion animation workshops in The Museum's makerspace. The Newark Museum of Art's jazz in The garden series celebrated its 54th year of summertime outdoor concerts. One of The nation's longest running jazz festivals, jazz in The garden began in 1965 as a way for residents and employees in new jersey's largest city to enjoy The Museum's alice ransom dreyfuss garden, providing another cultural experience for The community in The warm weather months. Its popularity now extends as far as south jersey to long island. The series has included both local musicians as well as international stars. The 2019 concert series welcomed nearly 2,000 visitors over five consecutive thursdays. Among The artists featured were vanessa charles, etienne charles, chembo corniel and akiko tsuruga. Now in its fifth year, second sundays at The Newark Museum of Art has proven to be a popular cultural destination that connects new jersey's diverse population with The Museum's world-renowned special exhibitions, permanent collections and cultural resources. Second sundays are held every second sunday of The month, (excluding july, august and september) and feature a lively mix of performances, gallery tours, lectures, and hands-on artmaking workshops designed to engage a multi-generational, multi-ethnic audience. Between 200-300 adults, children and families attend each second sundays event, making The Museum an engaging venue for artistic and cultural exploration. Thematic second sundays in 2019 combined The galleries with cultural celebrations and cross-cultural learning. The february event celebrated black history month with inspiration from The arts of global africa gallery, presenting activities such as a virtual reality experience featuring The narrative project, neurospeculative afrofeminism, a live stilt walker performance, and a multimedia presentation on The basic tenets of afrofutursim. During april's event, "i, rise," spiritual traditions from around The world were celebrated through live liturgical dance performances, a mindfulness artmaking workshop, and a lecture on The painting "millennial guardian angel" by Newark native jo-el lopez, found in The Museum's new seeing america galleries.for The 2018/2019 school year all graduates of The 2019 class of The Museum's award-winning teen mentoring program, The explorers, went on to attend college. Graduates enrolled in several universities including yale, njit and rutgers and will be studying a variety of majors including digital design, neuroscience, biology, and nursing. During The 2018/2019 school year, The Museum also expanded The impact of The explorers program with a grant from The new jersey department of state office of faith-based initiatives. This state funding made it possible for 22 additional students from Newark's malcolm x. shabazz high school to participate in several college readiness activities alongside explorers program participants. Designed to increase The number of low-income and diverse students into The steam career pipeline, The explorers program at The Newark Museum of Art is a 4-year, intensive, year-round, out-of-school-time college and career readiness learning experience. Starting in 9th grade, The program provides a cohort of 50 high school students access to Museum staff, engineers, designers, artists and others from a range of fields, as well as paid internships; small-group instruction; research projects and workshops on science topics; field trips; college guidance; and "life skills" workshops. This approach provides The explorers with technology, research, teamwork, and presentation skills, leading to academic success and equipping them for The 21st century workplace. Early childhood education at The Museum is presented to children ages 3-5, their siblings and caregivers throughout The year. In all, The Museum served more than 9,300 early childhood learners in The past year. The "Museum beginnings," school program for Newark, elizabeth and paterson children, is a program delivered through a comprehensive "3 touch" system that consists of multiple visits that are sequential and curriculum-based, where each visit builds on The previous one. Collaborating with teachers, Museum educators help develop visual, verbal, and written skills that directly support what students learn in school. Steam subjects were also introduced during creative play weekend drop-in workshops utilizing The Museum's science and Art collections as a starting point. Lesson modules introduced geometric figures and taught how lines connect and intertwine, while shape, rattle & roll taught abstract squares, circles and triangles. The Museum also participates in The on-going "cool cats" (cat=cultured artsy toddler) program, which is a collaboration of local Art institutions in partnership with The Newark public schools district. The program provides more than 6,000 Newark preschool families access to a variety of local arts and cultural events at no charge to The family. On saturday, march 23, 2019 The Newark Museum of Art participated in nj maker day, providing a variety of hands-on activities to engage visitors with The materials and processes that were used to create The Art on view in The galleries. Activity stations were placed throughout The Museum's african, american, asian, classical Art and decorative arts galleries to offer opportunities to make using both traditional and cutting-edge objects: coil pot ceramics such as those in The native artists on north america gallery, experimental screen printing such as The work of contemporary artist matthew brandt, stop motion animation to bring gallery paintings to life, green screen photo editing as related to The work of contemporary native american artist wendy red star, and mixed media sculpture inspired by The work of contemporary choctaw-cherokee artist jeffrey gibson. Activities were facilitated by Museum educators with extensive training in specific content of The Museum's collections with assistance by interns from The Museum's explorers program. Additional expertise and equipment for The screen printing activity was provided through a partnership with The Newark printshop. Educators who work with pre-k -12th grade students continue to utilize The Newark Museum of Art as a resource to inspire learning in The arts, sciences and humanities. In 2019, 47,000 young people and their teachers visited The galleries as part of their school program curriculum, representing 270 public and private schools from throughout northern and central new jersey. From single experiences to in-depth multi-visit programs, The Museum's collections serve as a way to deepen students' observation skills and help them connect to different environments, cultures and time periods. The Museum's education department provided professional development to 3,142 teachers during The 2019 school year. The Museum offered educators evenings in january, february and march 2019, three of which served teachers of all grade levels and one night focusing on early childhood education. The educators evenings provided instruction on planetarium programs, gallery tours that taught object observation techniques and "making" activities featuring painting experiences that could be applied in The classroom before and after a visit to The Museum. Educators were shown how to incorporate The Museum's 3,100 square foot makerspace, which joins Art, technology, science and industry with hands-on, interactive experiences, into their lesson planning.