The Newark Museum has seen a lot of changes in recent months. From the museum's former director, Mary Sue Sweeney Price, calling it quits after 20 years, to the shut down of its Arts Workshop Department, there's been some speculation about how the recent, unfortunate events could affect output of new exhibitions. But The Newark Museum continues to be a powerhouse of the arts, despite its newest modifications, with the introduction of some amazing, feature exhibitions and acquisitions.
Ming To Modern
The exhibition ‘Ming To Modern’ celebrates the 90th anniversary of The Newark Museum’s first exhibition dedicated to Chinese art back in 1923. Featuring over 175 pieces, acquired of the past century, and some of which have never been displayed before, ‘Ming To Modern’ brings Chinese culture and artifacts to the public in a beautiful display. Art objects include ‘everyday’ items, embroideries, ceramics pieces and historic treasures that date back to the Qing Dynasty to present-day.
The Art of Translation
In 2012, The Newark Museum acquired, through donation, 145 works of modern and contemporary African Art from Dr. Simon Ottenberg, an emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Washington. Along with this title, Ottenberg is also a scholar on Nigerian art, from modern to contemporary. 13 artists are represented in the show which spans from the 1940s to 2000 and The Art of Translation also offers information about how Nigeria’s political turmoil and social landscape have helped to transform the translation of cultural traditions and meanings.
Seeing Beyond The Moment
The photography of George Tice is celebrated in Seeing Beyond The Moment which seeks to commemorate the accomplishments of the master printer, teacher, photographer and donator to The Newark Museum’s expansive photography collections. More than 24 photographs are on view for the first time ever and the exhibit also includes prints that Tice has made for other photographers such as Edward Weston and Edward Steichen. For the past 30 years, George Tice has donated/gifted photographs to The Newark Museum and, in lieu of the photographer’s 75th birthday, Seeing Beyond The Moment was created to extol Tice’s unmatched generosity and passion for photography.
Contemporary art has presented artists using paper in innovative ways and Papyraceous seeks to display some of the most modern uses for paper from artists living and working today. Highlighting paper’s sculptural qualities, ability to be embossed and natural connection to the environment, Papyraceous features works from artists like Chakaia Booker, Willie Cole, Shazia Sikander and Shoshanna Weinberger. Themes of geography, identity and experimentation are at the forefront while Papyraceous seeks to challenge our perspective of paper as a vehicle for self-expression.