American innovators, a major collection of European masterpieces, historic manuscripts chronicling ancient kings and remembering a local one, and the output of artists calling this region home are all part of the offerings that regional museums and galleries have in store for the new season.
Following is a virtual tour of the major museum in our area, as well as college galleries and community arts centers.
Princeton Art Museum
Princeton campus, 609-258-3788, artmuseum.princeton.edu.
The Princeton University Art Museum sparks up the fall offerings with the September 19 opening of “Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection.” Created between 1945 and 1974 by Eastern Cold Storage founder Henry Pearlman and his wife, Rose, the collection includes works by mainly 19th and early 20th century advent guard artists including Modigliani, Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet, Matisse, and others. The collection — on loan to the PUAM since the mid 1970s and not viewed on such a scale since Pearlman died in 1974 — is concluding a world tour with the Princeton opening. With the popularity of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, this exhibition promises to be a crowd pleaser. The exhibition continues through January 3.
Two rarer PUAM exhibitions quickly follow with openings set for Saturday, October 3: “Princeton’s Great Persian Book of Kings” focuses on the artistic and cultural impact of the “Shahnama,” an epic of more than 50,000 verses composed by the poet Firdausi over 1,000 years to recount the tales of Iran’s ancient kings and heroes. It features 50 illuminated and illustrated folios of the museum’s 16th-century manuscript, called the Peck “Shahnama” named in honor of its donor, Monmouth County collector and horse breeder Clara S. Peck. It continues through January 24. And “Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang” uses paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, photography, and writing to explore the sacred complex of more than seven hundred primarily Buddhist cave-grottoes located in a western province of China. It remains on view through January 10.
Grounds For Sculpture
126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, 609-586-0616, www.groundsforsculpture.org
At Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton — in addition to the continuing shows by sculptors Robert Lobe (through January 16) and Jae Ko (to February 7) — the “grounds” itself is the subject one exhibition when the Princeton Photography Club opens “GFS — The Land in Pictures and Words” on Saturday, September 19. The show uses photographs, newspaper texts, and memorabilia to show the grounds transformation from the New Jersey State Fairgrounds to one of the state’s major art destinations. On view through November 1, it should be an eye-opener to those who only know the grounds as it is today. For longtime residents, it will bring back memories of summers at the fair.
Zimmerli Art Museum
George and Hamilton streets, New Brunswick, 732-932-7237, www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu.
The Zimmerli Museum in New Brunswick commemorates artist Mel Edwards, named by the York Times as “one of the best American sculptors. [and] one of the least known.” The retrospective, Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, sets out to change that public awareness and explore the artist’s “profound commitment, from the very beginning of his career, to an art that is both abstract and deeply engaged with meaning and expression,” say organizers. The first African-American artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1970, the Texas-born Edwards has New Jersey roots: he has a studio in Plainfield and was a professor of sculpture at Rutgers University from 1972 to 2002. The retrospective includes early examples of Edwards’ works drawn from American history (from civil rights to Vietnam) or inspired by traveling in Africa and working with African metalsmiths and artists, large-scale sculptures, maquettes, works on paper, and the recreation of the groundbreaking barbed-wire sculptures originally shown at the Whitney. The exhibition continues through Sunday, January 10.
Elsewhere at Zimmerli, look for “Vagabond Artist: ‘Pop’ Hart in Tahiti, Mexico, and the Caribbean.” The exhibition features over 40 watercolors, drawings, and prints of daily life and rural landscapes created in the early 20th century by the Coytesville, New Jersey, resident. The images — a sampling of the museum’s collection of almost 5,000 works bequeathed by Hart’s niece — are on view through Monday, February 8.
55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-8144, www.morven.org.
Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton will close its current craft exhibition, “Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking,” on Sunday, October 18, to prepare for a history exhibition with pronounced regional connections: “Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age.” Touted as the first large-scale exhibition to explore the virtues and vices of this prominent American couple who lived in Hopewell, the exhibition uses photographs, newsreels, and significant objects to recapture some of the most famous moments of 20th century America: Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic, the Hopewell kidnaping and murder of the Lindbergh’s child and the ensuing manhunt, the Flemington trial and Trenton execution of the accused, Anne Morrow’s literary rise, and her husband’s controversial political leanings and secret life. Bound to stir up recollections and conspiracy theories, the exhibition will be on view through October, 2016.
Trenton City Museum
Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 609-989-1191, www.ellarslie.org.
The Trenton City Museum, in the Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park in Trenton, mixes art and history over the next several months. While the current exhibition “John Roebling and Sons” continues for the next few months, two exhibitions will focus on the art of abstraction: “An Opening Dialogue — The Nature of Abstraction” and “On Your Radar? Regional Abstractionists to Watch and Collect.” Both open with a reception on September 19, 7 to 9 p.m., and close on Sunday, November 8.
Then look ahead to “Alice in Wonderland,” artists’ interpret the Lewis Carol’s beloved classic to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its publication, and “Works on Paper: Printmaking,” November 14 through January 3, with an opening reception, on Saturday, November 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
NJ State Museum
205 West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-5420, www.statemuseumnj.gov.
The New Jersey State Museum in Trenton continues its New Jersey Artist Series with Califon-based artist Jim Toia’s “From Here to Eternity,” on view from September 26 and through January 3. The artist says he strives to help “the viewer becomes aware of the fragility of the moment, realizes the miracle of our predicament, and bends to the fascination of pure experience,” and for this exhibition he is creating indoor and outdoor installations to help viewers experience the Delaware River as a conduit for transition from landscape to seascape. An artist-led gallery walk is set for Sunday, September 27, 12:30 p.m. and a reception is set for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Robertson Hall, Princeton University, 609-497-2441,
The Bernstein Gallery at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School is already in its new season of exhibitions designed to stimulate discussions on human rights and social issues. Currently on view is “After Genocide: Collected Stories,” an exhibition that includes the “Cambodian War Widows’ Project,” with artists Mary Oestereicher Hamill and the Khmer Rouge survivor Chath PierSath presenting their own and artwork by 14 elderly Cambodian widows, and Aliza Augustine’s “Documenting The Second Generation: Children of Holocaust Survivors”, an ongoing series of fine art portraits which address the Holocaust in a contemporary manner. A reception is set for Sunday, September 20, 4 to 6 p.m.
The rest of the Bernstein’s 2015-2016 is as follows:
“Changing the Changing American Family,” photographic portraits celebrating the diversity of contemporary American families, October 16 through November 25;
“The Cuban Revolution,” Hopewell resident David Sellers’ collection of historic photographs documenting the Cuban Revolution by known and unknown, mostly Cuban photographers, including Alberto Korda, Castro’s personal photographer, best known for his iconic photo of Che Guevara, December 4 through January 29;
Combat Paper, an exhibition by veterans who create works of art from the medium made from their combat uniforms, on view from February 5 through March 18;
“Phyllis Plattner: Chronicles of War,” an exhibition that takes familiar images from art history and reconfigures them into altar-like, multiple panel paintings, March 25 through May 6;
and “The Politics of Water,” the Princeton Artist Alliance reflection on ideas and control regarding water, May 13 through August 19.
Princeton Theological Seminary
Erdman Center, 20 Library Place, Princeton, 609-497-7963, www.ptsem.edu.
Erdman Gallery at the Princeton Theological Seminary recently opened “Birds of Longing” by artist Laurie Wohl. Based in New York City, Wohl uses weavings to create “Unweavings” that she says “convey spiritual narratives through form, color, texture, and calligraphy. The words within each piece and the unwoven form that suggests these words serve as a visual interpretation or midrash, evoking the poetry of various biblical texts.”
She adds that the current exhibition interweaves her interest in “Christian, Jewish, and Muslim poetry and spiritual texts from the period of the Convivencia in Spain (eighth through fifteenth centuries) with those of contemporary Middle Eastern poets, particularly Palestinian and Israeli. The project is an extension of my prior interfaith explorations of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. It also continues my exploration of the meaning of the spiritual in art.” Her work will be on view through Tuesday, December 1.
185 Nassau Street, 609-258-1500, www.princeton.edu/arts.
The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is presenting “Local Color,” an exhibition and film screening investigation of “the esthetics of place.”
The exhibition features the works of three appointed visual arts faculty in the Lewis Center: Pam Lins, a painter and the creator of the recent exhibition “Model model model” at the Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York; Pacho Valez, a filmmaker whose work “Manakamana” will be screened at Princeton Garden Theater on October 1; and Jeff Whetstone, a contemporary photographer. Also participating is Princeton School of Architecture graduate student Melissa Frost. The exhibition begins on Wednesday, September 16, and continues through October 9. An opening reception is set for Wednesday, September 23, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Communications Center, West Windsor, 609-570-3589, www.mccc.edu/gallery.
The Gallery at Mercer County Community College is providing several group shows that reach into the artistry of the region. That includes “Art Served Up Trenton Style,” running October 13 through 29. A traveling component of the Trenton Artists Workshop Association and SAGE Coalition’s recent exhibition at the Prince Street Gallery in New York City exhibition, it is a celebration of backgrounds, approaches, and traditions working together to create art in the capital city.
Among the artists working in traditional to emerging forms — including street art — are Mel Leipzig, Aubrey J. Kauffman, Will Kasso, and organizers Liz Aubrey and Leon Rainbow. A reception is set for October 14. “Passing the Palette: Arts Educators, and Students,” November 16 through December 10, includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and digital media. And the annual Mercer County Artists Exhibit — in partnership with the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission — showcases the work of artists who live, work, or study in Mercer County, New Jersey. This popular exhibition is a juried show with multiple levels of awards, including the coveted County Purchase Awards. February 22 — March 24, Reception February 24.
Luedeke Center, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu/artgallery.
The Gallery at Rider University continues its tradition of shows that engage prominent state artists as well as guests with Princeton-born painter Audrey Ushenko’s “In Natural Habitat,” opening Thursday, September 24, and continuing to October 25. Currently on the faculty of Indiana University-Purdue University, she has had solo exhibitions at the Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery in New York City, Merillat Center for the Arts at Huntington University in Indiana, Brauer Museum of Art at Vaparasio University in Indiana, and the St Louis University Museum of Art in Missouri. This will be her first exhibition in New Jersey.
The schedule then follows with “Biblical Inspiration in a Secular Age,” a group show curated by Princeton-based artist and educator Judy Brodsky, opening November 5 and continuing through December 6; an exhibition of paintings by Philadelphia artist Scott Noel, January 28 through February 21; and artist and Rider professor of art Deborah Rosenthal’s “An Infinite Sphere,” a works on paper exhibition opening March 3 and continuing to April 10.
19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-638-3603, www.artworkstrenton.org
Artworks in Trenton goes beyond Art All Night for a full year of exhibition and opens its fall season with a reception opening for three exhibitions on Saturday, September 12, 6 to 8 p.m. The shows include Korean-born artist Eun-Kyung Suh’s “Diaspora, Past and Present,” which, according to curator Margaret Miller, “memorializes the extreme diasporic experiences of Korean ‘Comfort Women’ during World War II.
Using silk organza, Suh creates boxes printed with photographic images of the victims and their journal entries. Silk boxes — that hold the stories told decades after their enslavement — “give agency to ‘Comfort Women’ and represent safe containers for personal memories.”
The mixed-media exhibition “Dreamers” reflects photographer and writer Delonte Harrod and painter and teacher Mic Boekelmann’s two-year project to tell the stories of 10 Trenton residents, noting in a statement, “We approached this project from the perspective of Trenton being a city of vibrant people who are and will continue to contribute to the common good of the city.” And “S.A.C.R.E.D” (Some Artists Considering Religious Energies Differently) rounds out the exhibition with installations and visual artwork that organizers say “embraces the belief systems, philosophies, icons, myths, and rituals that act as a conduit to a spiritual experience for both the artist and viewer. Whether expressed in a representational form or in the abstract, the collection of artwork in our exhibit will explore and reflect the many diverse images that may be considered.”
Other Artworks exhibitions include “Art of Darkness,” opening reception on October 10 and continuing through October 31, the annual exhibition of Halloween inspired art; the November 7 opening of the “Art All Day Exhibition” and “Outsider Artist Program — Open Studio Exhibition,” both on view through November 28. And opening on December 5 are “Trenton Blacksmith” a photo essay by CJ Harker of one of the small number of blacksmiths in New Jersey; “Chaos and Calm,” artist Ruee Gawarikar’s exploration of “the discord in our outer active self and an inner contemplative self, exaggerated by the present fast paced life style”; and “10 X 10 Red Dot” exhibition. All close on January 9.
Silva Gallery of Art
Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington, 609-737-8069, www.pennington.org
Silva Gallery of Art at the Pennington School also tends to highlight area artists and this year history. First up is “Mercer County Photography,” opening with a reception on Wednesday, September 9, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Curated by the Arts Council of Princeton photographer Peter Cook, the show includes black and white and color and computer processed photography, book art, and other techniques. It ends October 9.
“From Waterloo to New Jersey: The Bicentennial of King Joseph Bonaparte’s Escape to America,” opens on Saturday, October 17, and combines two collections to commemorate the former king of Spain and brother to Napoleon Bonaparte’s taking residency and building a mansion in Bordentown, New Jersey: Pennington School board of trustee chair Peter Tucci’s collection of original letters and documents by Bonaparte and a collection of artifacts excavated at the remains of Bonaparte’s mansion by Monmouth University archaeologist Richard Veit. The exhibition is on view through November 20.
“Watercolors: Linda Bradshaw,” a solo exhibition by the Pennington-based artist will have an opening reception on Friday, December 4, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and continue through January 15. “Project 365: Changing the Way We See Native America” and focusing on the art of Matika Wilbur will be following in February, with dates not yet determined.
Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, 609-924-4646, www.drgreenway.org.
The D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton has two shows announced. First is the Princeton Photography Club exhibition “Nature Soothes, Nature Restores, Nature Heals,” exploring the relationship of healing and the peacefulness that nature can bring to that process. A continuation of the recent exhibition “We Are More Than Our Disease,” photographers include Barbara Warren, Ilya Genin, David Anderson, Gary Saretzky, Jay Brandinger, Sandra Shapiro, Scott Gordon, Summer Pramer, Jonathan Walker, Randy Koslo, Martin Schwartz, Vivien Van Natta, Wayne Klaw, Chris Stadelmeier, Fay Kobland, Joel Blum, and Janet Hautau. On view October 6 through November 6.
Then there is “Earth/Fire,” curated by gallery director Diana Moore, the multi-media exhibition is designed to feature artistic interpretations of earth and fire and assist viewers to see how they are essential to human life. The exhibition is on view November 16 through January 22, with a reception on Friday, December 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Route 31 and West Franklin Avenue, Buildings 100 and I-108, Pennington, 609-737-3322, www.straubecenter.com.
At the Straube Center, after the current show 4STREET — with artwork by Leon Rainbow, Will Kasso, Lank, and Roman Stefaniw — artists Elise Hollandsworth Hartman and Phillip Lee Smith take over the walls of the nontraditional exhibition space on October 16 and are a presence through January 16. Hollandsworth is an Allentown, NJ, mixed media and vegan artist who says her creations come from a “place between sleep and awake.” Smith, a retired research scientist in Basking Ridge, uses representational and abstract methods to make statements on various scientific, natural, or spiritual principles.
102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-924-8777, www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.
Arts Council of the Princeton opens its new season with the Annual ACP Members Exhibition running from September 8 through 26 (with an opening on Saturday, September 12, 3 to 5 p.m.). It’s followed by “The Making of an American Script,” featuring the calligraphy-based imagery artist in residence Faraz Khan, on view October 1 through 31. The ACP’s new Princeton Library show is “Drawing and Mixed Media Exhibition” by Princeton artists Susan MacQueen and Hannah Fink, It opens on Thursday, September 17 is on view through January 17.
952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, 609-716-1931, www.westwindsorarts.org.
West Windsor Arts Council will have an opening reception for “Photo-Transformations” on Sunday, September 20, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It closes on November 7. Other scheduled exhibitions include “Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin,” a pop up exhibition and film event on November 1; “Off the Wall,” November 9 through January 22, with artisan market and artist reception on Sunday, November 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and a members show, running January 4 through 28.
14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, www.photogallery14.com.
Gallery 14, the photography collective and fine arts gallery in Hopewell, will present Alice Grebanier’s “Lessons from Water” and Rhoda Kassof-Isaac’s “Colors,” opening Friday, September 11, and continuing through October 11. It will be followed by Carl Geisler and Martha Weintraub’s joint show “His and Hers,” October 16 through November 15, and then by an exhibition by Charlie Gross, November 20 through December 20,
Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion in Princeton, is focusing in on photography with “Inspire: Everyday People Changing New Jersey,” running September 16 through July 27, 2016. For it, the Drumthwacket Foundation commissioned nine New Jersey fine art photographers to photograph18 individuals honored by the nonprofit foundation New Jersey Heroes.
The 18 black and white portraits captured through the lens of photographers Aubrey J. Kauffman, Kay Kenny, Donald Lokuta, Geanna Merola, Klaus Schnitzer, Robin Schwartz, Jay Seldin, Wendel White and Bruce White celebrate these remarkable individuals who inspire New Jerseyans to give back to their community.
The James Michener Museum in Doylestown has a few trip worthy exhibitions on view and upcoming. “Herman Leonard: Jazz Portraits” shows a suite of the master photographer’s celebrated images of jazz greats, on view now through October 11, and “Iron and Coal, Petroleum and Steel: Industrial Art from the Steidle Collection.” From the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery at The Pennsylvania State University and currently showing through October 25, the works “celebrate the state’s industrial power and its proud workers, who rise from the canvas like modern heroes, draped in the tools of their trade,” say museum coordinators.
Upcoming art includes the photography exhibition by the globe-trotting Doylestown-based — and abstract painting influenced — photographer: “Paul Grand: Beyond the Surface” (October 24 through February 7) and “Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, United Kingdom,” November 14 through February 21.
Philadelphia Museum of Art goes for the classics of both western and eastern culture. “Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life” features 120 oil paintings, watercolors, and works in other media representing the finest the familiar genre from its beginnings in the early 1800s to the Pop Art era of the 1960s (runs October 27 through January 10). And “Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection” uses drawings and sketches created between the 16th and 19th centuries for works for the royal courts of northern India to examine the Indian art traditions and practices (from December 5 through March 27).
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts offers two shows of significance. First is “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis (1909-1979),” the first extensive exhibition of the influential American artist of African background uses 90 paintings and works on paper to explore the work of a artist who used multiple approaches and was an important contributor to abstract expressionism, on view November 13 through April 2.
The second is “World War I and American Art,” a major exhibition devoted the artists’ reaction to the “War to End All Wars” which was raging 100 years ago. The list of artists who capture the war and ear is impressive and includes George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Jane Peterson, Horace Pippin, Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent, and more. The exhibition appropriately opens on Armistice Day (November 11) and remains on view through April 9.
The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York is presenting “Frank Stella: A Retrospective.” The exhibition that spans the Princeton graduate’s career from the 1950s to today. The museum’s entire fifth floor will be used to show over 100 paintings, reliefs, drawings, and sculptures. On view October 30 through February 7.
18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588, www.lambertvillearts.com.
Gallery Opening. “Watermarks” exhibit featuring work by Beatrice Bork and Carol Sanzalone. On view to October 4. Saturday, September 12.
Prallsville Mill, Stockton, 609-397-3349, www.artsbridgeonline.com.
Annual Clothesline Sale. More than 25 artists offer their art for $300 or less. Paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and crafts. Rain or shine. Sunday, September 13.
8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, 848-932-3726, www.iwa.rutgers.edu.
Art Exhibit. Art talk in conjunction with “From Island to Ocean: Caribbean and Pacific Dialogues,” works by Juana Valdes and Fidalis Buehler. Tuesday, October 20.
Art Symposium. “True to Her Spirit: A Symposium in Honor of Joan Marter.” Keynote by Ellen Landau, professor emerita in the humanities, Case Western Reserve Univeristy. Friday, October 30.
Art Exhibit. Reception and art talk in conjunction with works by Chitra Ganesh featuring imagery from Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology, and more. On view to December 10. Tuesday, November 3..
Women and the Arts Collaborative! — the new name of what had been the Institute of Women and Art at Rutgers at the Douglass Library in New Brunswick — just opened a solo exhibition by Chitra Ganesh, a Brooklyn artist who says her installations, drawings, and text are “inspired by buried narratives and marginal figures typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art” and “draws from a broad range of material, including the iconography of Hindu, Greek and Buddhist mythology, 19th century European portraiture and fairytales, archival photography, and song lyrics, as well as contemporary visual culture such as Bollywood posters, anime, and comic books.”
A public Lecture and artist reception is set for Tuesday, November 3, at 5 p.m. The show closes on Thursday, December 10.
23 North Main Street, Cranbury, 609-395-0900, .
Art Exhibit. First day for an exhibit by Allentown Art Guild. On view to October 25. Sunday, October 4.
Art Exhibit. Reception for “Cranbury Art in the Park,” an exhibit created from May to October’s plein air series with the Cranbury Arts Council. Monday, December 7.
Princeton Day School
The Great Road, Princeton, 609-924-6700, www.pds.org.
Art Exhibit. “You Are Here,” features portraits and landscapes of painters Micaela Boekelmann and Karen Stolper. On view to Oct 8. Tuesday, September 15.
Art Exhibit. “Vanishing Landscapes,” features environmentally-focused work by James Balog and Susan Hoenig. On view to Nov 13. Monday, October 19.
Art Exhibit. “Barnes Hall,” video installation by Eleanor Oakes ‘03. On view to Dec 17. Tuesday, November 24.
RWJ University Hospital, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, 732-422-3676, .
Art Exhibit. Opening reception for “Gallery 14 Member Exhibit,” an exhibit of works featuring images from nine members of cooperative of artists. To November 12. Thursday, September 17.