The region’s museums, galleries, and schools are coming alive this fall with images and objects to stimulate the mind and the imagination. And with most of the below free or at nominal cost, it is time to plan to take a visual day trip.
Since some of our region’s museums are regionally and nationally known for their collection and projects, let’s see what they’ve been planning for now and the close of 2019:
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton campus, 609-258-3788, artmuseum.princeton.edu.
In addition to its current exhibitions — “Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity,” on view through October 20, and “Legacy: Selections from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection,” through October 6 — the PUAM launches its new series with otherworldly “The Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century.” Comprising 50 objects ranging from rare paintings to textiles to ceramic and metal objects, the exhibition explores the Chinese interest in the interconnection between life and the afterlife. It is on view October 19 through February 16.
Also going on view is an exhibition touching on “States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing.” It uses 80 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and multimedia objects gathered from around the world to show how art shapes our perceptions of wellness. November 2 through February 2.
The museum also recently launched Art@Bainbridge at the historic Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton. The first of a series of installations and exhibitions, “Jordan Nassar: Between Earth and Sky” features the New York-based artist’s colorful, hand-embroidered textile pieces designed to evoke heritage and homeland. Through January 5.
Grounds For Sculpture, 126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton. 609-586-0616. www.groundsforsculpture.org.
Visitors to the noted sculpture park can catch the final phases of several current exhibitions. That includes “Rebirth: Kang Muxiang,” featuring monumental sculptures by Taiwanese artist Kang Muxiang; “Interference Fringe | TALLUR L.N.,” a 26-piece survey of the works of by the contemporary India-born artist Tallur; “Michael Rees: Synthetic Cells,” an innovative work using inflated materials and digital technology to explore perception; “James Carl: oof,” the Canadian-born artist’s wall-length geometric brown cardboard constructed relief; and “That’s Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family,” spotlighting the family that created Johnson and Johnson and Grounds For Sculpture. Through December 31.
Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, Trenton. 609-989-3632 or www.ellarslie.org.
Trenton City Museum presents the “New Jersey Photography Forum: A 25-Year Retrospective.” Curated by the Summit, New Jersey-based group’s founding director Nancy Ori, the exhibition includes approximately 100 works by more than 40 photographers to “trace the dramatic advances in photographic art in the last 25 years while displaying an array of techniques, from film and digital imagery to alternative processes including cyanotype, glass fusion, and hand coloring.” It opens with a Meet the Artists reception on Sunday, September 15, 2 to 4 p.m., and closes with a talk and reception on Sunday, November 10, 1 to 4 p.m.
Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, 848-932-7237. zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu.
The recently opened “Women Artists on the Leading Edge: Celebrating Douglass College at 100” focuses on the local phenomenon of both an institution and an arts movement. Founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women and renamed for first dean Mabel Smith Douglass, it became an became an avant-garde art center in the 1950s whose faculty and students participated in the birth of Fluxus and was involved with the pop, performance, and experimental arts movements.
Drawn from the Zimmerli’s collection, the exhibition celebrates the work of Douglass alumnae and faculty members Alice Aycock, Joan Snyder, Mimi Smith, Bonnie Lucas, Joan Semmel, and others. With a panel discussion and related book release reception set for Tuesday, October 29, the exhibition continues through January 11.
Also on view is “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein.” Inspired by Hungarian poet Charles Sirato’s 1936 “Dimensionist Manifesto,” a call for art to respond to recent scientific and intellectual understanding, the exhibition includes more than 75 artworks by more than 36 artists, including Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Joan Miro, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and others who signed Sirato’s manifesto. Through January 5.
And “Recent Acquisitions in Photography” highlights the Zimmerli’s serious photography collection with a display of newly acquired works by combat photographer Robert Capa, New York-based chronicler of life and domestic violence Donna Ferrato, sports photographer Walter Iooss, fashion and portrait master Irving Penn, and the legendary New York newspaper photojournalist Weegee (Arthur Fellig). Through May 3.
New Jersey State Museum. 205 West State Street, Trenton. 609- 292-6300. www.statemuseum.nj.gov.
“Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner’s Portraits of a National Treasure” uses the Medford, New Jersey, photographer’s images to bring attention to the beauty of New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Pinelands Preservation Act. The exhibition also uses artifacts from the museum collection to help visitors to connect with the life and history of this vital part of the Garden State. October 12 through December 31.
Morven Museum, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-8144, www.morven.org.
“Dreaming of Utopia: Roosevelt, New Jersey” continues Morven’s exploration of New Jersey themes and focuses on the history of town that started as a farming and textile center during the Great Depression but became an arts community. That’s because it became the home of such noted American artists as Ben Shahn, Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Jonathan Shahn, Jacob Landau, and others. Writer and U.S. 1 contributor Ilene Dube coordinates the exhibition. November 15 through May 10, 2020.
The region’s art centers and galleries continue to engage the region’s community of artists and arts lover with more offerings than ever:
Artworks Trenton, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. www.artworkstrenton.org.
The Trenton art center’s new season is highlighting a major American artist with a prominent Trenton presence. The artist is pioneering video artist Nam June Paik, the creator of the monumental video and neon sculptural installation in the lobby of the former New Jersey Network building at Front and Stockton streets.
Artworks staff have been partnering with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to reactivate Paik’s 1992 masterwork, “PBS: 1967-2000.” The exhibition bringing attention to the artist and his historic Trenton work opens with a reception on Saturday, September 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. A panel discussion featuring the former state coordinator who brought the sculpture to Trenton, Tom Moran, and the electronic work’s restorer, George Zienowicz (of Trenton’s Zienowicz Signs), takes place Sunday, October 10, 6 to 8 p.m. The show is on view through October 19.
Also opening is the group exhibition “Love of God,” curated and including work by regional multi-media artist Jeffrey Cobbold along with sculptures by Jessica Brown-White, film by Devonte Roach, and drawings by Marina de Bernado Sanchis. Cobbold says the “works create multiple entry points for one to consider the character of love, God, and the intersections of both in our ever changing world. This exhibition is in conjunction with the history of the Love of God Retreat Program of Lawrenceville.” September 14 through October 19.
Upcoming exhibitions include November 2’s Annual Art All Day Group Exhibition, featuring works by artists participating in the city-wide day of open studios and galleries. Also opening is an exhibition of photographic works by Trenton artist Habiyb Shu’Aib Opening reception: November 2, 6 to 9 p.m. November 2 through 23.
Then look for the annual Red Dot 10×10 Fundraising Exhibition where regional artists partner with Artworks to sell 10-inch-by-10-inch works to benefit Artworks, supports artists, and build collections. It opens with a reception on December 7, 6 to 9 p.m., and is on view through January 4.
Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. 609-924-8777, artscouncilofprinceton.org.
“Wonder” features the fanciful sculptural works of Gloucester, New Jersey, artist Marilyn Keating, Hopewell’s Eric Schultz, and the Oiseaux Sisters of Moravia, New York. As ACP artistic director and curator Maria Evans explains, the new exhibition “fills the space with kites, figures composed of scrap metal parts, paper mache birds, wooden pull toys, and so many other one-of-a-kind elements. Like a kid in a toy store, you won’t be able to stop smiling, imagining how all of these items came into being.” Through October 5.
Also on view is “Paintings of the Garden State.” Featuring creations from classes led by ACP instructor and artist Charles David Viera, the works on view in the council’s lower gallery features Hunterdon and Mercer county vistas that, says Viera, “remind us why New Jersey was dubbed the Garden State.” Through September 28.
Broad Street Bank Gallery, 143 East State Street, Trenton. www.bsbgallery.com.
The BSB Gallery in the former Broad Street Bank building is stepping forward this fall with a variety of exhibitions, projects, and opportunities.
The first exhibition of the season is Nestor Armando Gil’s “Re: Partir.” Gil is an American artist of Cuban ancestry, born in Florida and now a resident of Easton, Pennsylvania. His work ranges from sculpture to performance art to baking. Through October 5.
The most visible project is “Fiber Bombing at Mill Hill Park.” Set for Saturday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the plan is to “commemorate all of our summer programming, classes, and fiber art exhibit with a public yarn bombing in the heart of Downtown Trenton,” say organizers. “Throughout the day, participants will install their fiber creations on the trees of Mill Hill Park alongside food and fiber craft vendors and live local music. Once completed, the Fiber Bomb will be up and on display for two weeks for the Trenton community to enjoy.” Registration to participate closes September 11.
The gallery is also interested in attracting artists who are interested in participating in two exhibitions. One is “The Surreality of Fear,” an exhibition “centered around the surreal experience, depiction, and over-exaggeration of fear,” say curators Christy O’Connor and Aine Mickey. That opens Thursday, October 3 and closes with a costume party on Saturday, October 26, 5 to 9 p.m.
The other is “Every Ghetto, Every City,” designed to examine city life “from corruption to inequality and the communal spirit of perseverance and strength.” Opens Friday, December 13.
Also of interest are artists who can participate in providing educational programs for adults and children. That includes fine art workshops and demonstrations, lectures, professional development programs, and more.
Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell. 609- 333-8511. www.gallery14.org.
“Shapes and Forms,” featuring works by the Ringoes-based photographer Charles Miller, and “The Beauty of the Woman’s Body,” by Princeton’s Simon Laufer, opened the nonprofit photographers’ collective’s new season and are on view through September 29.
The fall shows continue with exhibitions by regional artists: Marty Schwartz and Ben Nicholson, October 4 through 27, and a combination group exhibition, featuring works by David Ackerman, Mary Leck, Bennett Povlow, and Daniel Goldberg, and a solo show by Susan Kessler, November 1 through 24. Each opening includes a free reception.
West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor. www.westwindsorarts.org.
Continuing its series exploring the connection between science, technology, education, art, and mathematics, WWAC’s new STEAM: Math and Art exhibition is now on view. Juried by Lucas Kelly, sculptor and professor of visual art at Mercer County Community College, it features paintings, sculptures, prints, woodcuts, and digital media created by 17 artists from around the United States including regional artists Carlo Fiorentini, Princeton; Beverly Fredericks, Cranbury; Lenora Kandiner, Princeton Junction; Jyoti Menon, Lawrenceville; Rebecca Swan, Hamilton; and Andrew Werth, Princeton Junction. With a reception set for Sunday, September 22, from 4 to 6 p.m., the exhibition is on view through November 1.
And finally, area universities, colleges, and schools are back from the summer and opening their doors to a veritable crash course on new art and aesthetics:
Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University, 122 Alexander Street, Princeton. 609-258-1500. arts.princeton.edu/events/program/visual-arts.
“The Work of Several Lifetimes,” an exhibition of new work created over the past year by Mario Moore, features etching, drawings, and large paintings of black men and women working blue color jobs at or around the Princeton University. A Detroit native with an MFA in painting from Yale School of Art, Moore, 32, is a 2019 Princeton University Hodder Fellow. An opening celebration will be held on Thursday, September 19, 6 to 8 p.m. in the complex’s Hurley Gallery, followed by a reception in the Forum, 8 to 10 p.m. A related panel discussion is set to take place in the gallery on Tuesday, October 22, at 4:30 p.m. Through November 17.
Rider University Art Gallery. Rider University, Luedeke Center, Lawrenceville. 609-896-5168 or www.rider.edu/arts.
The Rider University Art Gallery reopens with the Salina Almanzar’s “Ni de aqui, Ni de alla” (Neither of Here or of There). The subtitle — “On Being a Third-Generation Dominirican” — provides more details. Of Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based multi-media artist is described as being “an educator, writer, social justice advocate” whose works are based upon her personal experience and family history as a second-generation Latina.
The works were selected by new gallery director Julia Marsh, the Philadelphia-based former curator of exhibitions and academic affairs at the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College and community engagement at The Allentown Art Museum. The exhibition includes a free reception on Thursday, September 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and a public event with People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos on Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through October 13.
“I’m Still Black” follows with photographer Osmyn J. Oree’s exploration of black identity and culture within his circle of friends and associates in his community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. According to a statement, the exhibition also “addresses the tension between external pressures and stereotypes from dominant culture and the internalized stereotypes that pervade culture.” It officially opens with a reception on Thursday, October 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through December 6.
TCNJ Art Gallery, Art & Interactive Multimedia Building, the College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing. 609-771-2633. tcnjartgallery.tcnj.edu
“Citizen Artists,” an exhibition of work engaging contemporary scientific ideas and issues and art featuring the work of Elizabeth Demaray, a Brooklyn artist focusing on the interface between built and natural environments and the overlapping of human and non-human populations; Jonathan Feldschuh, a data scientist and artist based in New York; Brandon Ballengee, a visual artist, biologist, and environmental educator based in Louisiana; Justus Harris, a Chicago-based artist and diabetes patient who transforms medical data into 2-D and sculptural art; Ryan Fedderson, a mixed-media artist in Tacoma, Washington, specializing in interactive and immersive artworks; and Raven Chacon, a New Mexican composer, performer, and installation artist from the Navajo Nation. A reception and panel discussion are set for Wednesday, September 11, 5 to 6 p.m. Through October 23.
The Center for Women in the Arts at Douglass Library, 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick. 848-932-3726. iwa.rutgers.edu
“Sea and Self” features the work of Cuban-born contemporary artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. With work in more than 30 museum collections, including the Whitney, Museum of Modern Art, and Smithsonian Institution, Campos-Pon explores the theme of the sea as a “keeper of memory” for Caribbean-transported slaves and as a mother that gives even while threatened by misuse and pollution. An artist reception and lecture take place Thursday, October 24, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Through December 13.
JKC Gallery, James Kerney Campus, Mercer County Community College, Trenton Hall Annex, 137 North Broad Street, Trenton. 609-586-4800. www.mccc.edu/community_gallery_jkc.shtml
The gallery spotlighting regional and national photographers moves into its new season with “Kissed & Toothless,” an installation by Brooklyn-based Dominica Paige. She calls it “a visual anthology and a catalogue of existence” where “each object is a word, each shelf is a sentence, each wall is a paragraph, and the exhibition is a story.” It formally opens with a reception and artist talk on Wednesday September 18, 5 to 7 p.m. Through October 8.
“Pequena Hoguera” (Blaze) follows. It’s a collaboration between two Venezuelan-born artists — photographer Veronica Sanchis Bencomo and poet Cristian Galvez Martos — who met 20 years ago and sustained a long-distance friendship and aesthetic discourse. An opening reception and artist talk (via Skype) are set for Wednesday, October 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. Through November 12.
Mercer County Community College Gallery, Communications Building, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. www.mccc.edu/gallery
Following a pattern set over the past few years and opening with a faculty show on Wednesday, September 25, the gallery’s season continues with the curated show “Transient Brevity,” October 28 through November 6.
Princeton Day School, 650 Great Road, Princeton. 609- 924-6700. www.pds.org.
“Making Portraits” celebrates contemporary portrait painting and features the work of Shoshannah White, from Portland, Maine; Andre Veloux, Princeton; Mario Moore, who is also having a Princeton University solo show; and regional artists Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, Ray Brown, James Thomas, PDS alumna Anna Williams, and current PDS student Quinton Covington. An opening reception is set for Friday, September 13, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Through October 2.