BADASS ART WOMAN AWARDS AND AUCTION
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

BADASS ART WOMAN AWARDS AND AUCTION

We are thrilled to announce the third annual Badass Art Woman Awards presented by Project for Empty Space on November 6th, 2019 from 7 - 10 pm! This year we are ecstatic to be honoring Carmen Hermo Associate Curator, Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Dr. Salamishah Tillet Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing; Founding Director of the New Arts Social Justice Initiative at Express Newark; Associate Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, and internationally renowned visual artist and organizer Marilyn Minter

Our honorees are three phenomenal women who exemplify an exceptional commitment to activism, community and furthering equity and visibility in creative spaces. These three women have an impact that far surpasses their own immediate reach; the work that they have done and continue to do sets a precedent for how artistic communities should be nurtured.

This year’s Badass Art Woman Awards program is inspired by Marilyn Minter’s Wangechi Gold 5 and will include a vibrant cocktail bar, and some very special performances and happenings. The evening is also be accompanied by a VIP pre-party and our annual visual art auction, which supports our residency programs at Project for Empty Space, guests will have the opportunity to take home original works of art donated by PES artists.

About BAWA

The Badass Art Woman Award (BAWA) emerged organically one day, several years ago, while chatting with several other cultural practitioners in our circle at an event. We noticed a general homogeneity in the types of people who are recognized in large institutional spaces. It was very apparent that many of the women cultural workers in our industry; particularly those who cross over multiple roles beyond artist (ie curators, gallerists, academics, writers, etc.), are often overlooked. Of course, there are occasions when women in the art world transcend into the mainstream realm; however, those instances are far too few. We wanted to create an award that brought in a true sense of celebration and joy- a ‘badass’ celebration! Thus, BAWA was born. A celebration of women who do phenomenal work within the Contemporary Art world.

About the Honorees

Carmen Hermo joined the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art’s curatorial team as Assistant Curator in June 2016 and was appointed Associate Curator in 2018. Carmen works to support the collection and serves on the Council for Feminist Art and Young Leadership Council patron groups.

Previously, Carmen was Assistant Curator for Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2010–16), where she served on the museum’s Young Collectors Council acquisition committee devoted to the work of emerging artists and co-curated the contemporary collection exhibitions Now’s the Time: Recent Acquisitions (2012–13) and Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim (2015). She has previously worked with the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Carmen received her B.A. in Art History and English from the University of Richmond and her M.A. in Art History from Hunter College. Her interests include performance in the museum context, politically engaged artist projects, and the postwar artists of Latin America and Latinx artists in the United States. Carmen lives in Jersey City.

Salamishah Tillet received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization and A.M. in English from Harvard University and her M.A.T. from Brown University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania where she received her B.A. in English and Afro-American Studies. In 2010-11, she was the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow for Career Enhancement and served as a visiting fellow at the Center of African American Studies at Princeton University.  In 2010, she was awarded the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013-14, she was a Scholar-in-Residence at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her book Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination (Duke University Press, 2012) examines how contemporary African American artists, writers, and intellectuals remember antebellum slavery within post-Civil Rights America in order to challenge the ongoing exclusion of African Americans from America’s civic myths and to model a racially democratic future. In 2010, she co-edited the Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters Special Issue on Ethiopia and her work has appeared in American Literary History, American Quarterly, Callaloo, Novel, Research in African Literatures, Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara, Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue, and Women's Review of Books.  She is currently working on a book on the civil rights icon Nina Simone.    She is the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses art to end violence against girls and women. Her research interests include American Studies, twentieth and twenty-first century African American literature, film, popular music, cultural studies, and feminist theory.    

Marilyn Minter has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005, the Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH in 2009, La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Ceutí/Murcia, Spain in 2009, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH in 2010, and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany in 2011. Her video Green Pink Caviar was exhibited in the lobby of the MoMA in 2010 for over a year and was also shown on digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard in L.A. and the Creative Time MTV billboard in Times Square, New York. Minter’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in museums all over the world.  In 2006, Marilyn Minter was included in the Whitney Biennial, and in collaboration with Creative Time, she installed billboards all over Chelsea in New York City. In 2013, Minter was featured in “Riotous Baroque,” an exhibition that originated at the Kunsthaus Zürich and traveled to the Guggenheim Bilbao. In 2015, Minter’s retrospective Pretty/Dirty opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX. Pretty/Dirty and then traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The exhibition will continue on to the Orange Country Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum in 2016. Minter is represented by Salon 94, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen.

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PES Fall Open Studios
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

PES Fall Open Studios

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PES Fall Open Studios
Sept. 21st, 1pm - 5pm
Free & Open to the Public

Project for Empty Space
2 Gateway Center
Newark, New Jersey

You're invited to the PES Fall Open Studios! Join us for an autumnal experience featuring a bubbly brunch and three floors of artist studios.

Studio members explore a wide range of disciplinary practices ranging from sound production to photography; from painting to video art; sculpture to interactive installations.

So pop in, have a bite, and enjoy a magnificent experience with the artists at PES Studios! This event is free and open to the public. Click HERE to learn more about our PES Studio Members including current and past Artists In Residents!

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ABORTION IS NORMAL | Exhibition Opening
Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

ABORTION IS NORMAL | Exhibition Opening

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Project for Empty Space is pleased to present Abortion is Normal NWK, an exhibition organized by a collective of cultural practitioners as an urgent call-to-action exhibition to raise both awareness and funding in support of accessible, safe, and legal abortion. Abortion is Normal NWK includes the work of artists Christen Clifford, Dominique Duroseau, Yvette Molina, Viva Ruiz + Thank God For Abortion, as well as cultural partner, Shout Your Abortion. The exhibition will open to the public on Tuesday, September 10th, from 6-8 pm, at the PES Gallery, 2 Gateway Center, Newark NJ 07102.

Abortion is Normal NWK comes at a time when legal abortion is under acute attack throughout the United States. Simultaneously, the 1973 landmark ruling, Roe vs. Wade, which federally sanctions the right to choose, is in jeopardy of being reversed. The exhibition brings together a heterogeneous array of artists countering with their personal response to abortion and abortion access in order to create an inclusive and empathetic entry point to this conversation. Not all of these artists have necessarily personally had an abortion; however, the underlying thread of this exhibition is that abortion and reproductive health affect everyone. 

Abortion is Normal is about access, open conversations, acknowledgment of intersectionality, inclusivity, and visibility within the context of a conversation on reproductive rights. It strives to be multi-centered in its approach; acknowledging both the nuance of who is affected by legal abortion as well as who is affected by the potentiality of relinquishing safe and legal access to care. 

Abortion is Normal NWK is part one of a multi-part series of exhibitions. The intention of this series is not only to spread the message that exercising choice and embracing body autonomy is a right; but also, to create a space for camaraderie through participation. Many components of Abortion is Normal NWK are interactive, and invite visitors to have ownership and autonomy in the conversation. The Abortion is Normal mailer-poster is one such participatory component- the public is invited to engage with this poster- to activate it and share it on the streets, on social media, and in every space that they feel appropriate to share the message that safe, legal, and accessible reproductive healthcare is normal.

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Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

BOSCH BASH SUMMER DANCE PARTY

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BOSCH BASH SUMMER DANCE PARTY
To benefit Project for Empty Space
Saturday, June 1st, 7 - 10pm

“The mind which is created quick to love, is responsive to everything that is pleasing, soon as by pleasure it is awakened into activity”
— Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

There’s a little vibration, something nagging at your feet, like a little devil with the head of a bird and the body of a baby poking your bum compelling you to move- to DANCE! Join us for PES’ second annual dance party- an evening of drinks, contests, and dancing inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s notoriously strange painting The Garden of Earthly Delights (1490s). So whip out your fig leaves, your hot pokers, and your flower petal capes for BOSCH BASH!

Last year we pulled out the pajammys and cat walked. This year we ask that you get a little bit weird (aka creative) with your costumes and strike a pose with something from the gorgeous garden, the strange space of purgatory, or the stranger still depths of hilarious demons in Hieronymus Bosch’s Hell (please do not harm any live animals, such as birds or unicorns, for the sake of your costume)! Our illustrious judges will pick someone from each category for a special prize.

Proceeds from this loopy night do have a purpose- they go to support the Project for Empty Space annual Artist in Residency program, which supports several artists each year in their time exploring the meeting point of socially impactful discourse and art.

So again, get weird- get creative- get excited! Bosch Bash is coming. June 1st, 2019— be there or be that sad guy with a bunch of sparrows flying out of his bum!

Tickets are available through Eventrbrite: CLICK HERE.

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Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

Mother and" vs. "Mother or": Shifting the Narrative

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Mother and" vs. "Mother or": Shifting the Narrative
April 13th, 3pm
Free & Open to the Public

Project for Empty Space
2 Gateway Center
Newark, New Jersey

Join Project for Empty Space on Saturday, April 13th, at 3pm, for "Mother and" vs. "Mother or": Shifting the Narrative, a conversation between mothers in the arts on maintaining roles, and combating stigma through art activism and organizing. Project for Empty Space Co-Director and new mom, Rebecca Pauline Jampol will moderate a roundtable discussion with artists and arts organizers:

Aimee Gilmore: Mother of Maya and Max, Artist and Current PES Feminist in Residence
Amy Hughes Braden: Mother of Quincy, Artist and Founder of the Artist Mother Studio (Washington DC)
Mashonda Tifrere: Mother of Kasseem, Curator and Founder of ArtLeadHER, Author of Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family
Zoë Buckman: Mother of Cleo and Artist


Aimee Gilmore is a multi-disciplinary artist based out of Philadelphia. She holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design. Gilmore works in sculpture, installation, printmaking and photography and has completed residencies at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, The Vermont Studio Center, and The Wassaic Project in New York. Gilmore has shown work throughout Philadelphia and across the country including at MF Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA), Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and Icebox Project Space (Philadelphia, PA). Her solo exhibition, The Let Down, took place at The Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA in 2018. Gilmore has served as Assistant Director of the Philadelphia Sculptors since 2017.

Amy Hughes Braden is a DC-based painter who graduated from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in 2011. She works out of Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier, MD. In addition to her painting practice, she is the creator of Artist Mother Studio, a funded residency with free childcare for caregivers who are artists.

Singer, songwriter, artist and mother, Mashonda Tifrere has fulfilled her calling to combat gender bias by empowering female artists and curators from around the world. ArtLeadHER is a platform she began pioneering in March 2016 to celebrate and draw awareness to female artists in a male-dominated art world. Mashonda currently resides in New York City with her son. In October 2018, she released Blend: an experience-based book about balanced co-parenting for blended families, with contributions from her co-parents Swizz Beatz and his wife, Alicia Keys. 

Zoë Buckman is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, and photography, exploring themes of Feminism, mortality, and equality. Buckman’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions including Heavy Rag, at Albertz Benda, New York, Let Her Rave at Gavlak Gallery Los Angeles, Imprison Her Soft Hand at Project for Empty Space, Newark; Every Curve at PAPILLION ART, Los Angeles; and Present Life at Garis & Hahn Gallery, New York.  In February 2018, the Art Production Fund commissioned Buckman’s first public sculpture, Champ, installed on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, LA.
 

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Apr
13
12:00 PM12:00

Newark Spring Open Studios

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Newark Spring Open Studios
April 13th, 12pm - 5pm
Free & Open to the Public

Project for Empty Space
2 Gateway Center
Newark, New Jersey

Project for Empty Space, Gallery Aferro, and Index Art Center are pleased to announce an official joint partnership for Newark’s Spring Open Studios, held on Saturday, April 13th, from 12-5pm, in Newark, NJ.

This collective invites the general public to come visit 75+ artist studios between our three non-profit anchor arts institutions. Between gallery/studio facilities we house creative practitioners ranging from photographers, to musicians, painters, writers, multidisciplinary artists and more.

This alliance came out of the natural shared interest to best serve both our artist community and our tristate area art enthusiasts. We’d like to capitalize on the fact that there is a wealth of artists within walking distance of one another that attendees can celebrate on one lovely Saturday. The day will culminate with an after party from 6 - 8pm at the Newark Print Shop, where artists and attendees from all three spaces can meet and celebrate. We look forward to welcoming all of you to engage with the arts in Newark. For more information click here.

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Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

PES Annual Feminist Potluck

PES Annual Feminist Potluck
April 3rd, 6pm - 9pm
Free & Open to the Public

Project for Empty Space
2 Gateway Center
Newark, New Jersey

In 2017, we began a Feminist Potluck dinner at the Women’s March on Washington. Following the success of this evening of solidarity, we've made it an annual affair! We invite you to join us Wednesday, April 3rd from 6 - 9pm for our Annual Feminist Potluck.  The evening will be filled with good food, and programs presented by our current Feminists in Residence.

This year we are also hosting a collection drive for women in need. Items collected will be distributed to facilities and shelters in the Essex County Area. Recommended items include socks, underwear, toiletries, pads & tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, wipes, nail polish, cosmetics, and blankets. A little goes a long way. Help us uplift and support our fellow woman. 

So whip up (or pick up) your favorite savory dish, donation gifts and join us for a great evening! This event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP through Eventbrite here.

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Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception | Narrative Threads

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Project for Empty Space is pleased to present Narrative Threads a group exhibition of work by Aimee Gilmore, Katrina Majkut, Julie Marie Seibert, fayemi shakur, Sara Jimenez, and Sophia Wallace. This exhibition is a culmination of work created by the artists during their residency at the annual Feminist Incubator. Narrative Threads will open on Wednesday, March 27th from 6pm - 9pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

A common purpose amongst these six cultural practitioners is the idea of connectivity through reconstructed (or newly constructed) narratives. Each creator comes to the conversation via different media and discipline; including poetry, textile/thread based work, performance, book arts, and interactive installation, to name a few. What binds them together is their interest in reclaiming autonomy, agency, and ownership through storytelling. For far too long the stories of female-identified people have been codified through the lens of the outsider; leaving little to no room for some semblance of truth on the terms of the subjects.

Every project within this exhibition is built on the voices of multiple contributors. Some projects, such as those by fayemi shakur, and Aimee Gilmore, rely on active collaboration with other women as the foundation of their works. Other works, in particular the embroidered portraits by Julie Marie Siebert, highlight and pay homage to prominent contemporary Women of Color who are making dynamic socio-political shifts. Installations and didactic materials by Katrina Majkut and Sophia Wallace acknowledge, deconstruct, and rebuild narratives around women’s health and safety. Multifaceted performance and video works by Sara Jimenez looks introspectively as a way to acknowledge the importance of self-generated narratives.

For more information about our Feminists in Residence, click here.

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A Truthful Mirror: Closing Events
Jan
7
2:00 PM14:00

A Truthful Mirror: Closing Events

A Truthful Mirror: Closing Events
January 16th, 6pm - 10pm
PM: A Conversation on Reimagining A Truthful Mirror
7 PM: An Interactive Workshop with Amy Khoshbin
Free & Open to the Public

Project for Empty Space
2 Gateway Center
Newark, New Jersey

Join Project for Empty Space Wednesday, January 16th from 6 - 10pm for a closing conversation and interactive workshop for our current exhibition "It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror." The closing events will take place at 2 Gateway Center, Newark at the PES gallery.

At 6pm PES Co-Director, Jasmine Wahi, will host a conversation with artists DARNstudio, Dominique Duroseau, and Shaun Leonardo about the politics and portrayal of Black bodies moving throughout the American landscape today. As with the exhibition, this talk will be colored by the legacy of James Baldwin’s writings, including "This Morning, This Evening, So Soon" (from which the exhibition takes its title), and his exploration of Black positionality in White space in the 1960s.

This conversation will be followed by "Workshop on the Street," led by House of Trees artist Amy Khoshbin. This interactive workshop creates an inclusive space for the public to create their own wearable political gear with phrases and iconography, made from colorful felt in the form of banners, signs, sashes, capes, or badges. Workshop on the Street engages the community in social action and encourages a physical artistic response to the political landscape as an artistic act of participatory democracy. Make your protest gear for the 2019 Women's March!

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About Workshop on the Street:
"Workshop on the Street" is an extension of the House of Trees art collective's project Word on the Street, which started around the 2017 Women's March and is an ongoing text-based art initiative directly responding to the current political climate with original political and poetic banners created by all-female artists and writers in collaboration with female refugee fabricators based in Texas. Current collaborators include Carrie Mae Weems, Tania Bruguera, Anne Carson, Amy Khoshbin, Laurie Anderson, A.M. Homes, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Holzer, House of Trees, Naomi Shihab Nye, Fereshteh Kasraei, Kifah Mohammed, Issraa Jawad.

About the exhibition:
"It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror," an exhibition in collaboration with the For Freedoms initiative. The exhibition was inspired by and takes a line from James Baldwin’s short story “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon,” and explores the themes that are still relevant over half a century after Baldwin’s work was published. Participating artists in It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror include Amy Khoshbin, Bang Geul Han, DARNstudio (David Anthone & Ron Norsworthy), Dominique Duroseau, Kambui Olujimi, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Melvin Harper, and Shaun Leonardo.

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Nov
26
to Dec 21

2018 HOLIDAY ART BAZAAR

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The Holiday season has arrived! Join us in the upcoming weeks for a festive run of events! Starting November 26th through December 21st you can shop our second annual Holiday Art Bazaar. Local vendors, artists, and craftspeople will have a wide selection of specialty gifts available for the artists and art lovers in your life! You can find us in the Concourse of Gateway 2 in Newark, NJ (directly in front of the PES Gallery), M-F, 12-7pm!

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Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception | It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror

Project for Empty Space is pleased to present It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror, an exhibition in collaboration with the For Freedoms initiative. The exhibition was inspired by and takes a line from James Baldwin’s short story “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon,” and explores the themes that are still relevant over half a century after Baldwin’s work was published. Participating artists in It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror include Amy Khoshbin, Bang Geul Han, DARNstudio (David Anthone & Ron Norsworthy), Dominique Duroseau, Kambui Olujimi, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Melvin Harper, and Shaun Leonardo.

A public reception for the exhibition will take place on Wednesday, November 7th, from 6 - 8 PM at Project for Empty Space in Newark, NJ. It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror will be on view through January 2019. For more information click HERE.


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Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

2018 BADASS ART WOMAN AWARDS

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Tiana Webb Evans and Shari Loeffler are thrilled to host the second annual Badass Art Woman Awards presented by Project for Empty Space on October 15th, 2018 from 7 - 11pm! This year PES is excited to honor four very special women in the art world: Gladys Barker Grauer (Artist/Artist Advocate), Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels (We Buy Gold/Jack Shainman Gallery), Kemi Ilesanmi (The Laundromat Project), and Peggy Cooper Cafritz (Co-Founder, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Civil Rights Activist, Educator, Philanthropist and avid Art Collector.) (Posthumus). 

Recipients of the Badass Art Woman Awards are all women who, through their commitment to culture and community, have created space and opportunity for artists and creatives. These four women have impact that far surpasses their own immediate reach; the work that they have done and continue to do sets a precedence for how artistic communities should be nurtured.

This year’s Badass Art Woman Awards program features an autumnal dinner with a colorful palette, a vibrant cocktail bar, and some very special performances and happenings. The evening is also accompanied by our annual visual art auction, which supports our residency programs at Project for Empty Space, Guests will have the opportunity to take home original works of art donated by PES artists.

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Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

PES OPEN STUDIOS

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Tour 40+ Open Studios, Partake in Special Programs & Enjoy A Seasonal Bubbly Brunch! Join us October 7th for PES Fall Open Studios! Studio members explore a wide range of disciplinary practices ranging from music production to photography; from painting to video art; sculpture to immersive sound installations.

This event is free and open to the public. Presented as part of the 2018 Newark Arts Festival. Click HERE to learn more about our PES Studio Members including current and past Artists In Residents! 

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Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception | jaret vadera: where the ocean meets the sky

where the ocean meets the sky explores the spaces that lie just beyond our vision. Artist jaret vadera brings together works in photography, collage, sculpture, video, and projection to weave together a constellation of multivalent stories about aliens, rude maps, and unreliable narrators. jaret is an artist scholar in residence at Project for Empty Space. For more information about the artist and exhibition, click HERE.

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Collage & Cocktails with Delano Dunn
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Collage & Cocktails with Delano Dunn

Join PES Artist in Residence Delano Dunn for a tour of his current solo exhibition, Dreams of Fire and Starshine and learn more about his artistic process. Sip on summer cocktails (for those 21+) and learn about various materials and basic techniques that go into making a successful collage. This hands on workshop is open to all experience levels and all ages.

Materials provided. Participants are encouraged to bring in images, print outs and other ephemera they would like to include in their take home collage.

This workshop is FREE! However, space is LIMITED. Please be sure to RSVP via Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collage-cocktails-with-delano-dunn-tickets-47476922754

Choose one of three options:

  • Free Collage Workshop: Materials will be provided for you to make your very own collage!

  • Free Workshop + Take Home Collage Kit ($29.50): In addition to making your collage on-site, participants with go home with a packet of supplies to continue their artistic journey!

  • Free Workshop + Limited Edition Print ($100): In addition to making your own collage on-site, participants will go home with a Limited Edition Risograph Print that has been Foil Embellished and Signed by the artist, Delano Dunn!

This public programming is presented in conjunction with Delano Dunn’s current exhibition Dreams of Fire and Starshine on view through August 10th at Project for Empty Space gallery.

About the Exhibition:

Delano Dunn’s Dreams of Fire and Starshine is a journey through past, present, personal, and potential futures in an intersectional feminist world. It is a contemplation on “real power” versus imaginary power and the internal reconciliation processes that we as a society go through in dealing with those perceptions of power. The overall aesthetic of the exhibition is definitively harkening back to a particular chronological perception of ‘the future’: Dunn pulls bright neon colors, neon lights, iridescent geometries and a Hollywood vibe that is specific to the 1980s.

The complete new body of work, which was created during Dunn’s year-long residency at Project for Empty Space, is presented in three distinct and nuanced phases. Understanding the intricate narratives of each section is an integral element to understanding the wholistic overture of the exhibition.

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Opening Reception | Delano Dunn: Dreams of Fire and Starshine
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception | Delano Dunn: Dreams of Fire and Starshine

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Delano Dunn: Dreams of Fire and StarShine
May 30th - August 10th.
Opening Reception: 6-8PM, May 30th, 2018. 
2 Gateway Center, Newark. 

Project for Empty Space is pleased to present Dreams of Fire and Starshine a solo exhibition by PES Artist in Residence Delano Dunn. This multi-component exhibition will open on Wednesday, May 30th with a public reception from 6 - 8pm, at 2 Gateway Center in downtown Newark, NJ.

Delano Dunn’s Dreams of Fire and Starshine is a journey through past, present, personal, and potential futures in an intersectional feminist world. It is a contemplation on “real power” versus imaginary power and the internal reconciliation processes that we as a society go through in dealing with those perceptions of power. The overall aesthetic of the exhibition is definitively harkening back to a particular chronological perception of ‘the future’: Dunn pulls bright neon colors, neon lights, iridescent geometries and a Hollywood vibe that is specific to the 1980s.

The complete new body of work, which was created during Dunn’s year-long residency at Project for Empty Space, is presented in three distinct and nuanced phases. Understanding the intricate narratives of each section is an integral element to understanding the wholistic overture of the exhibition.

Part One: Jane Crow
Jane Crow is the first phase that one encounters when entering the Project for Empty Space gallery. It is a section that acknowledges not only an understanding of women’s rights today; but also, explores the history of how this foundation was built through the lens of the judicial system. Jane Crow laws are the female equivalent of Jim Crow laws: they restricted (and arguably in many ways still restrict) the movements and basic rights of American women, particularly American Women of Color. The pieces in this phase of Dreams of Fire and Starshine highlight the ways in which these laws were combatted by actors such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the ACLU, and Women’s Rights Project, and more.

Part Two: Everlasting Twilight
The second section is the most introspective and vulnerable examination of the artist’s own understanding of male identity. Dunn explains his self-analysis as a ‘realization of my shortcomings,’ and his belief in ‘an imaginary power I possess to change the world for my daughter so that she would not face the inequalities that are imposed upon women.” The raw vulnerability of Everlasting Twilight is not only a reflection of the artist’s own personal perspective; but can also be seen as an example of the type of male introspection, insecurity, and emotional fragility that exists, but is often hidden by the expectations of American society.

Part Three: Were Neon Bends
The final component of Dreams of Fire and Starshine is what Dunn refers to as an ‘all in’ exploration of what the world could have been if women from the future arrive in a constructed version of 1980’s Los Angeles, CA. In this fantastical future narrative, which is inspired by the Jackson Five video for Can You Feel It and the classic film Tron, imagines this group of women giving the world the gift of gender equality. The consequence of their arrival is the utter divestment of male dominance, and a reshuffling of power that ultimately leads to a new hierarchy where a select group of women is dominant. The glimpse into this potential future that is presented to the audience is a hodge-podge dystopian cult shrine to the matriarchy. Through this complex narrative, Dunn forces the audience to grapple with the misconstruction of feminism: Feminism is not about female dominance or gender hierarchies. It is about true equitable space for all genders, Male, Female, Trans, Non-Binary.

Dreams of Fire and Starshine will be on view at Project for Empty Space through August 12th, 2017.

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May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Shoshanna Weinberger: Screening & Talk w/ Girls' Club Collection

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Please join us this Friday, May 4th, 6-8pm, for a screening of Women Painting, created by Girls' Club followed by an Artist Talk with our Artist In Residence Shoshanna Weinberger. This program is in conjunction with Weinberger's current solo exhibition "invisible fruit: stories of camouflage from the periphery," currently on view at Project for Empty Space through May 18, 2018.
 

Screening Time: 6:30 PM
Artist Talk: 7:00 PM

Space is limited! Please RSVP on our Facebook. 


About Women Painting:
Women Painting is a video project produced by Girls' Club Collection, a non-profit private collection and alternative art space focusing on contemporary art by women. Inspired by the historic 1970s documentary Painters PaintingWomen Painting explores the world of contemporary painting, from the perspective of female artists in the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, Girls' Club's founders.

The project included an exhibition of 52 works from the collection, on view at MDC Kendall Gallery (just closed last month); a catalog with texts from Wanda Texon, Ann Landi of Vasari21.com, and a fiction piece by Denise Delgado; and a documentary-style video interviewing 11 artists from different backgrounds and generations on the topic of "Women painting".

The video interviews artists Harumi Abe, Elisabeth Condon, Julie Davidow, Louise Fishman, Joanne Greenbaum, Sharon Horvath, Amy Mahnick, Beatriz Monteavaro, Vickie Pierre, Joan Snyder and Shoshanna Weinberger in their studios in Miami, Hollywood, New York and New Jersey. Interviewed and filmed by Girls' Club directors Sarah Michelle Rupert and Michelle Weinberg, the artists share their personal history, backgrounds, and theories on arts, life and feminism. The film is edited by award-winning artists/film makers Cara Despain and Kenny Riches.

View trailer HERE

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