From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., arts-related events – including, arguably to some, the DJed biergarten provided by Barcade in the parking lot – will be held throughout Mana Contemporary's spaces as part of their fall open house.
The very name of Mana Contemporary evokes modern art – a varied world of strangeness, where some pieces have the meaning of a Rorschach test for some and a blotch of ink for others. But all art should make you think or feel something, and the Jersey City-based organization will open its large campus of galleries, studio space and more at 888 Newark Ave. Sunday to give you a chance to do just that.
From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., arts-related events – including, arguably to some, the DJed biergarten provided by Barcade in the parking lot – will be held throughout Mana Contemporary’s spaces as part of their fall open house.
Tattoo artist Megan Massacre will be tattooing live in an event to benefit the World Wildlife Fund, which seems like it may take place near the Mana-housed mural by Juan Travieso of two Malaysian tigers (an endangered species) free in the jungle that is their natural environment. This merging of tattooing and mural display takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In the theater on the first floor, there will be a pop-up book Aperture book signing.
Aperture, a not-for-profit dedicated to bringing audiences photography (and writing on photography that inspires) has been around for more than six decades.
While dancing could take place in a parking lot biergarten, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Mana’s Karole Armitage dance studio there’ll be rehearsals for “Sugar Skull!: A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure.”
At 3 p.m. on Mana’s front lawn, the Kazakhstan artist collective Kyzyl Tractor will be performing live. According to a release, “the group’s work chronicles Kazakhstan’s socioeconomic, ecological, and political shifts in juxtaposition with appropriations of the region’s nomadic, Sufi, and Shamanistic traditions.”
Also at 3, Steven Flavin performs in Mana’s “boiler room.” It could not be confirmed at the time of publication if the boiler room is in fact an actual boiler room, but it probably isn’t. And if it is, it’s probably not exactly like the one in your own house or building.
In addition to the events, those who visit Mana Contemporary will be able to explore the works of six artistic figures in six exhibitions. The photography of John Chamberlain, large, separate installations by Dan Flavin and Bernad Kirschenbaum, the paintings of Arnulf Rainer, sculptures by Fred Sandback, and silk screenings by Andy Warhol join the works of Mana’s in-house artists.
One of the key ideas of the gallery and studio showings, according to Mana Contemporary Artistic Director Eugene Lemary in a statement, is that “as visual culture moves faster and further toward the instantaneous and the ephemeral, the value of observing art over the long term has been obscured.
“At Mana’s open house, art is framed not as an ephemeral experience, but instead as an enduring phenomenon, not only as a discrete presentation, but also in the context of immersive settings.”
For more on Mana Contemporary and its open house, including after party events, visit manacontemporary.com/openhouse or call them at 201-604-2702.
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