Essex County – Forked River Gazette http://www.forkedrivergazette.com Forked River Gazette Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:51:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-Forked-River-Gazette-Logo-32x32.png Essex County – Forked River Gazette http://www.forkedrivergazette.com 32 32 EXCITING NEW WORK BY EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS WHILE MENTORING THEM IN THE ART OF BUSINESS http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/exciting-new-work-emerging-choreographers-mentoring-art-business/ Thu, 18 May 2017 12:51:26 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=31195 Jersey (New) Moves!, a collaboration of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Dance New Jersey, has lent a strong supporting arm to emerging choreographers since 2015 by awarding mentorships that conclude with a showcase of new works at NJPAC. Through a process that begins with an online application judged by a panel of … Continue reading EXCITING NEW WORK BY EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS WHILE MENTORING THEM IN THE ART OF BUSINESS

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Jersey (New) Moves!, a collaboration of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Dance New Jersey, has lent a strong supporting arm to emerging choreographers since 2015 by awarding mentorships that conclude with a showcase of new works at NJPAC.

Through a process that begins with an online application judged by a panel of independent dance professionals, up-and-coming talents from New Jersey are given the rare opportunity to transform their choreographic ideas into fully staged productions. Dancemakers are guided each step of the way by a partnering mentor, who assists in shaping the dance work, from music and casting to costuming and lighting design.

An innovative component of this program, announced today, is a multi-year fellowship that expands the number of participating choreographers from four to six and provides career training beyond artistry. The Jersey (New) Moves! Fellowship enables participants to dedicate two seasons to preparing their dance works for public performance, while receiving expert advice in related fields, such as marketing, grant writing, and structuring an arts learning curriculum.

Accomplished mentors contribute to this initiative by taking an active role in the creation and rehearsal of the dances. Those advisors are Nai-Ni Chen, artistic director of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in Fort Lee; Carolyn Dorfman, artistic director of Carolyn Dorfman Dance in Union, and Randy James, artistic director of 10 Hairy Legs in Highland Park. Other arts management experts instruct the fellows on best practices in the arts and entertainment industry.

“Not only will the fellows receive valuable, one-on-one feedback from their partnering mentor in the staging of their work,” said David Rodriguez, NJPAC’s Executive Vice President and Executive Producer, “but this new program will inform the ‘artist as administrator’ by offering first-hand experience in such key areas as contract negotiations, fundraising, social media, and technical design.”

“Dance New Jersey is grateful to have such a wonderful collaborative relationship with NJPAC,” said Lisa Grimes, Executive Director of Dance New Jersey. “This amazing opportunity – the mentorship between artist and established artist over the course of two years – gives emerging choreographers the leadership and guidance they need to move further into their choreographic career.”

The current, 2016-17 grant recipients are Robert Mark Burke of Elmwood Park, artistic director of Robert Mark Dance, mentored by Carolyn Dorfman; Lauren Connolly of Bayonne, artistic director of Connolly & Co., and Kyle Marshall of Jersey City, director of Kyle Marshall Choreography, both mentored by Nai-Ni Chen, and Ariel Rivka Grossman, also of Jersey City, founder of Ariel Rivka Dance, mentored by Randy James.

Those four artists will be joined by two first-year fellows: Nijawwon Matthews of Newark, founder and artistic director of the XY Dance Project, mentored by Carolyn Dorfman, and Stephanie Nerbak of Parsippany, who directs the company n-Root Danceart, mentored by Randy James.

Each choreographer will premiere a modern dance piece in the third annual Jersey (New) Moves! showcase on Friday, June 16 at 8 p.m. in NJPAC’s Victoria Theater. Tickets are $34 through njpac.org, by calling 1-888-GO-NJPAC (466-5722) or visiting the box office at One Center St. in downtown Newark. For groups of nine or more, call (973) 297-5804.

Fellows will receive professional development opportunities – a series of panels, workshops and seminars – to build aptitude as managers and producers. They also are expected to dedicate time to coaching young dance students in NJPAC’s arts education programs as teaching artists.

Fellowships are awarded through an online, open submission process that takes place in the fall at njpac.org.
Jersey (New) Moves! is an initiative of Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance, now in its seventh year. Support for Jersey (New) Moves! is provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
NJPAC
One Center Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
www.njpac.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)

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Young Frankenstein with Mel Brooks http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/young-frankenstein-mel-brooks/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:27:53 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=30065 New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Young Frankenstein with Mel Brooks. Back by popular demand! King of Comedy Mel Brooks returns to NJPAC accompanied by his Young Frankenstein for a full-length showing on the big screen and many hilarious stories. Join America’s funniest film director at a screening of his 1974 comedy classic, Young … Continue reading Young Frankenstein with Mel Brooks

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New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Young Frankenstein with Mel Brooks. Back by popular demand! King of Comedy Mel Brooks returns to NJPAC accompanied by his Young Frankenstein for a full-length showing on the big screen and many hilarious stories.
Join America’s funniest film director at a screening of his 1974 comedy classic, Young Frankenstein, starring Gene Wilder as brilliant surgeon Frederick Frankenstein (“it’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen'”), Marty Feldman as Igor (“it’s pronounced ‘Eye-gor'”), Madeline Kahn, Gene Hackman, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr and Cloris Leachman. The showing is followed by an appearance by Brooks himself on the Prudential Hall stage.

Young Frankenstein with Mel Brooks: It’s more fun than a “roll, roll in ze hay!”

Sunday, May 21, 2017 3:00 PM
Tickets $49 – $99

NJPAC
Prudential Hall

One Center Street
Newark, NJ
Sunday, May 21, 2017 3:00 PM at Prudential Hall. Tickets On Sale Friday March 24, 2017 at 10 AM at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)

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Alvin Ailey Dancers Performed on ABC’s “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America.” http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/alvin-ailey-dancers-performed-last-night-abcs-taking-stage-african-american-music-stories-changed-america/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:16:13 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=29194 The Alvin Ailey Dancers were among the many World-renowned dignitaries, athletes and artists from around the globe who came together last night for ABC’s Television Network’s celebration of the unveiling of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture called “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America.”  Three Alvin … Continue reading Alvin Ailey Dancers Performed on ABC’s “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America.”

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The Alvin Ailey Dancers were among the many World-renowned dignitaries, athletes and artists from around the globe who came together last night for ABC’s Television Network’s celebration of the unveiling of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture called “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America.”  Three Alvin Ailey dancers performed “Wade in the Water” section from Alvin Ailey’s must-see American masterpiece Revelations. 

New Jersey Performance Arts Center (NJPAC) is honored to present the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater annual Mother’s Day weekend performances starting on May 12- 14, 2017.

Alvin Ailey is America’s premier modern dance company, known for its vibrant fusion of modern dance, ballet and more. The company grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.

Elegant, electrifying and marvelously athletic, this always dazzling company returns with programs that include some of its newest works as well as classics like Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s undisputed masterpiece.

Revelations, set to African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. “Revelations is one of the great works of the human spirit,” The New York Times writes. “The aspects of humanity it demonstrates — sincerity, idealism, ecstasy, among others — build up to a powerful moral statement that audiences love.” May 12-14, 2017 at Prudential Hall. Reserve tickets now at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)

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Emmy-Winning Comedian, Author and Political Commentator BILL MAHER –Tickets on Sale 12/9 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/emmy-winning-comedian-author-political-commentator-bill-maher-tickets-sale-129/ Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:29:56 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=28721 Metropolitan Entertainment and New Jersey Performing Arts Center welcome the return of comedian Bill Maher to NJPAC’s Prudential Hall on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 7:30pm.  Maher’s previous performances at NJPAC have always sold out quickly as audiences know he delivers intelligent and hilarious commentary on important issues of the day including current political activities.  … Continue reading Emmy-Winning Comedian, Author and Political Commentator BILL MAHER –Tickets on Sale 12/9

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Metropolitan Entertainment and New Jersey Performing Arts Center welcome the return of comedian Bill Maher to NJPAC’s Prudential Hall on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 7:30pm.  Maher’s previous performances at NJPAC have always sold out quickly as audiences know he delivers intelligent and hilarious commentary on important issues of the day including current political activities. 
For more than twenty years, River Vale, NJ native Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television.  First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last fourteen years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 38 Emmy nominations. His documentary, Religulous an unprecedented swipe at organized religion, has gone on to become the 8th Highest Grossing Documentary ever.

In addition to his television program – which has featured such visitors as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kerry Washington, Michael Steele, Howard Dean, Michael Moore, Eva Longoria, Drew Barrymore, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gen. Wesley Clark, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Gary Hart and Pat Buchanan.– Maher has written five bestsellers.  He started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979, and still performs in sold out theaters all across the country.  Four of his ten stand-up specials for HBO – 2014’s “Bill Maher: Live from DC,” 2007’s “The Decider,” 2005’s “I’m Swiss,” as well as the hilarious, “Bill Maher … But I’m Not Wrong,” – have been nominated for Emmy awards.

Don’t miss one of the most politically astute comedians in America today up close when Bill Maher takes the stage at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on June 25, 2017.
Get your tickets now at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)

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“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” Is The “Must See” Family Holiday Tradition This Season http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/hip-hop-nutcracker-must-see-family-holiday-tradition-season/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:16:21 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=28489 No TuTu’s or toe shoes needed for The Hip Hop Nutcracker. On Saturday, December 3 the show returns to the United Palace (4140 Broadway at 175th Street, NY, NY) with two performances, before moving on for a December 17 performance at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (1 Center Street) in Newark, NJ. Special guest MC … Continue reading “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” Is The “Must See” Family Holiday Tradition This Season

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No TuTu’s or toe shoes needed for The Hip Hop Nutcracker. On Saturday, December 3 the show returns to the United Palace (4140 Broadway at 175th Street, NY, NY) with two performances, before moving on for a December 17 performance at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (1 Center Street) in Newark, NJ.

Special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, will open the shows with a short set as well as rapping the introduction to The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Kurtis Blow says, “The show is the epitome of entertainment and not only does it take hip hop to the next level but it’s a good look for hip hop.”

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a full-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist and features the music from Tchaikovsky’s classic ‘The Nutcracker.’ The production inserts the vocabulary of hip hop movement to what has traditionally been a classical ballet, broadening the audience for the art form. The variety of styles represented (breaking, popping, locking, etc.) serve as a history lesson of hip hop dance.

While Act I faithfully contemporizes the traditional Nutcracker narrative arc, Act II reimagines what happens when the mysterious Drosselmeyer casts a spell on Maria-Clara and her prince, allowing them to travel back in time to the moment when her parents first met. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story set to the streets of New York. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

“We remain faithful to the music and let it drive the storytelling,” said director/choreographer Jennifer Weber. “In this production, the audience will see all the iconic elements from the classic ballet as we give it an urban spin where the magic of the holidays brings everyone together.”

“We have created something that can appeal to and touch such a wide range of people,” said Mike Fitelson, executive director of the United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) who adapted the story. “Once seeing the show, people walk away with a deeper appreciation for the art forms and how well they work together.”

“Three years ago, the world premiere of The Hip Hop Nutcracker was a unique holiday event that united hip-hop fans, families, and classical music and dance audiences – so many different people in our community – under one roof. This Nutcracker’s dance crew, along with rap legend Kurtis Blow, simply electrified our theater,” said David Rodriguez, NJPAC’s Executive Vice President and Executive Producer. “We are excited to share this new classic with audiences across the country.”

The Hip Hop Nutcracker tour will include the following cities: Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, Saint Paul, MN, Nashville, TN, Durham, NC, Atlanta, GA, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Hartford, CT, Schenectady, NY, Rosemont, IL, Flint, MI, Detroit, MI, Green Bay, WI, Reading, PA, Purchase, NY, North Bethesda, MD, Wichita, KS, Saint Louis, MO, Fayetteville, AR, Richardson, TX and Charlotte, NC.

Tickets for United Palace

Showtimes at 2pm and 7pm

Purchase: https://www.boletosexpress.com/?series=The+Hip+Hop+Nutcracker

Info: https://unitedpalace.org/about-upca/hip-hop-nutcracker-2

United Palace is located at 4140 Broadway at 175th Street in Manhattan, 1 block from the 175 A-train station. For more information, call 212-568-1157.

Tickets for New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Showtime 3pm

Purchase and info: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/the-hip-hop-nutcracker-2016

NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk from the Newark Penn Station stop for New Jersey Transit, PATH Train and Amtrak trains. For more information, call 1-888-GO-NJPAC.

 

History of The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The origin of the project is almost as charmed as the narrative it tells. In early 2013, Mike Fitelson, UPCA’s executive director who is also a longtime Washington Heights-based writer and photographer, hoped to bring a traditional Nutcracker production uptown. In July, after those plans fell through, he met choreographer Jennifer Weber, who had blended classical music and hip hop dance in several noteworthy previous productions.

 

On her first visit to the United Palace she fell in love with the breathtaking 1930’s architecture. About 25 minutes after meeting, while touring the theatre’s grand foyer, Fitelson and Weber decided to create a new version of the holiday classic. After test-driving several scenes during a 20-minute workshop at the United Palace in December 2013, they began assembling the pieces for a full production.

 

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Millburn High School Pays to Settle Bullying Case http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/millburn-high-school-pays-settle-bullying-case/ Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:47:06 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=26325 In an unprecedented action, the Millburn School District, Millburn, N.J., agreed to pay Omari George, a 2014 graduate of Millburn High School, $435,000 to settle his lawsuit in which he claimed he was a long term victim of bullying. The George lawsuit alleged that, though the multiple acts of bullying were reported to school officials, … Continue reading Millburn High School Pays to Settle Bullying Case

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In an unprecedented action, the Millburn School District, Millburn, N.J., agreed to pay Omari George, a 2014 graduate of Millburn High School, $435,000 to settle his lawsuit in which he claimed he was a long term victim of bullying.

The George lawsuit alleged that, though the multiple acts of bullying were reported to school officials, those claims were ignored and that the school officials failed to take action to address the physical and emotional bullying.

The settlement was reached on the first day of the trial, heard in the New Jersey federal court as the George Complaint claimed his civil rights were violated and that Millburn failed to comply with the New Jersey law on bullying.

The law requires that when school officials are made aware that a student is being bullied, they must conduct an investigation and take effective action to address the harmful behavior.

“During my freshman and sophomore years at Millburn I was tormented by other students both physically and emotionally.  I was the victim of frequent racial slurs and physical abuse and though I reported these, the school administrators ignored me,” said Omari.

Since Omari’s Millburn High School experience, the New Jersey law was changed to put more teeth into what school administrators must do to address bullying.  The new law places responsibility directly on the school to take affirmative action to address allegations of bullying, including cyberbullying.

Millburn High School is frequently recognized as one of the finest schools in New Jersey.

George’s lawyer, Harry Levin of the law firm of LevinCyphers, Toms River, said, “Millburn’s handling of the complaints of bullying was abysmal. They failed to recognize that bullying was a huge problem in their student population.  Omari and other minority students routinely faced racist statements and physical intimidation.”

Prior to the George lawsuit, Millburn contracted for a Diversity Study to be performed.   The Study disclosed pervasive evidence of a lack of sensitivity to minorities, including that there was not a single African American or Latino teacher at the school.

Levin said, “Our children need to be safe while they are in school and free from harassing behavior, especially when it’s based on race, gender or sexual preference. Teaching children the importance of tolerance and acceptance is as important as the three R’s.”

Omari George, the son of Reverend Daryl and Brenda Barnes-George, a reading teacher, is now a sophomore at Morehouse College in Atlanta.  He plans on a career in education and has created his own school for marshal arts. “I want to teach my students the skills necessary to protect themselves if they become a victim,” Omari noted.

Levin commented, “Hopefully the real benefits of this case will be that parents make sure their children are not terrorized by other students, and that effective programs to address bullying must be implemented for New Jersey schools.”

For further information or inquiries please contact Harry Jay Levin, Esq., at LevinCyphers, 700 Hooper Avenue, New Jersey.  (732) 240-0909.

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THE SECOND CITY RETURNS TO ITS “SUMMER HOME” AT NJPAC! http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/second-city-returns-summer-home-njpac/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:03:06 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=25867 If laughter is the best medicine, then The Second City is its biggest dispensary. The comedy empire that produced Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key believes everyone can benefit from funny business, and shows how during The Second City Comedy Workshops at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, August 1-12. For the third year, NJPAC … Continue reading THE SECOND CITY RETURNS TO ITS “SUMMER HOME” AT NJPAC!

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If laughter is the best medicine, then The Second City is its biggest dispensary. The comedy empire that produced Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key believes everyone can benefit from funny business, and shows how during The Second City Comedy Workshops at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, August 1-12.

For the third year, NJPAC collaborates with the Chicago-based institution to offer an immersion course in comedy improv and writing for adults, and two sets of classes for teens, including From the Inside Out, which is specifically tailored to students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Second City’s resident teaching artists will conduct classes at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education at 24 Rector St., Newark.

From the Inside Out is a groundbreaking program for teens ages 14-18, diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and/or autism. In a safe and fun environment, students will be encouraged to break through barriers that block creativity and socialization. Leading these classes will be Nick Johne, an alumnus of Second City’s training program and a professional actor from one of Second City’s resident stages, along with an improv partner, Molly Fisher, who has a degree in speech and theater and works in the field of special education.

From the Inside Out takes the benefits of improvisational play – listening skills, creativity, and safety to take risk – and provides them to these youths in a way that’s unparalleled in traditional curriculum,” says Kerry Sheehan, President of Second City Training Centers and Education Programs.

The Second City Comedy Workshops being offered this summer at NJPAC are:

  • Teen Improv and Sketch Comedy Workshop for ages 14-18, August 1-12
  • From the Inside Out for teens ages 14-18 diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and/or autism, August 8-12
  • Adult Improvisation and Comedy Writing Immersion, ages 19 and up, August 8-12

“At NJPAC we are always looking to present lifelong opportunities to a variety of constituencies. Working with a world-class institution such as The Second City offers NJPAC a new way to bring professional-level comedy improvisation training to teens and adults alike,” explains Alison Scott-Williams, NJPAC’s Vice President of Arts Education.

Apply today at njpac.org/getacceptd. For more information, email artseducation@njpac.org or call (973) 353-7058. No auditions are required.

Just in time for Election Day, the legendary Second City brings its unique brand of satire back to NJPAC on October 29 to celebrate electioneering in the Garden State.  Paved & Confused 2: Please Don’t Feed the Candidates is a funny, fast-paced look at this year’s presidential campaign circus, Jersey life and the politics that play into it.

With is roots in the improvisational games of Viola Spolin, The Second City developed an entirely unique way of creating and performing comedy. Founded by Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, along with Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins, The Second City was experiment and unconventional in its approach to both theater and comedy. Today, the Second City continues to produce premier comic talent.

Major support for Arts Education programs at NJPAC is provided by the Prudential Foundation, Women’s Association of NJPAC, Victoria Foundation, ADP, Merck Foundation, BD, PSEG Foundation, and Berkeley College.

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Newark Stories: Four Newarkers Who Made a Difference http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/newark-stories-four-newarkers-made-difference/ Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:58:49 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=25456 As part of the Newark Museum’s commemoration of Newark’s 350th anniversary, a new exhibition will showcase the stories of four Newarkers who were key benefactors of the Museum: Lida Clanton Broner, Caroline Bamberger Fuld, Howard W. Hayes and W. Clark Symington. Newark Stories: Four Newarkers Who Made a Difference opens on June 18 and runs … Continue reading Newark Stories: Four Newarkers Who Made a Difference

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As part of the Newark Museum’s commemoration of Newark’s 350th anniversary, a new exhibition will showcase the stories of four Newarkers who were key benefactors of the Museum: Lida Clanton Broner, Caroline Bamberger Fuld, Howard W. Hayes and W. Clark Symington. Newark Stories: Four Newarkers Who Made a Difference opens on June 18 and runs through January 8, 2017.

“As the City of Newark celebrates its 350th anniversary, all Newarkers — indeed all New Jerseyans—can be proud of the Museum’s vast collections showcasing artistic endeavor from every part of the globe and the community services these collections make possible,” said Steven Kern, the Museum’s Director and CEO.

Each benefactor brought to the Museum different interests and perspectives; and their collections—as well as their ideas—helped shape the institution in the first half of the 20th century.

Lida Clanton Broner was an African-American Newerker who traveled to South Africa in 1938 with savings from a lifetime of work as a hair stylist and housekeeper. The trip was motivated by not only a sense of ancestral heritage but also Broner’s involvement in the Council on African Affairs led by Paul Robeson and W. E. B. Du Bois. During her nine months of travel, she circulated among South Africa’s black intellectual elite and lectured at schools and universities. She also assembled a collection of more than 100 works of beadwork, pottery, mission school crafts and other personal items, carefully noting where she acquired each object and who the makers were. In 1943 the Museum displayed her collection in what was possibly the first exhibition of South African art in an American museum. Broner subsequently donated much of her collection to the Newark Museum, a gift that has recently been augmented with an important archive, including her diary, photo albums and other mementos from her grandsons.

Caroline Bamberger Fuld was the sister of Louis Bamberger and a co-founder of Newark’s famous department store L. Bamberger & Company. She was the wife of Louis Meyer Frank and later Felix Fuld, both partners in the famous store. Fuld served on the Newark Museum’s Board of Trustees from 1929 until her death in 1944. She was a supporter of Jewish charities as well as a patron of the Museum, supporting the institution’s desire to acquire the work of living American artists. In 1924, anticipating the completion of the Museum’s new building that funded by her brother, Fuld donated $10,000 for the purchase of contemporary American works of art. After her husband’s death in 1929, Fuld established a memorial endowment that has funded the acquisition of hundreds of works. Caroline Bamberger Fuld’s support of the Museum’s modern art acquisitions followed the Museum’s founding commitment to the “art of today,” supporting living American artists at a time when most museums in the United States were focused on acquiring European Old Master paintings.

Yale-educated attorney Howard W. Hayes was a litigator, Newark judge and New Jersey Assistant District Attorney in the late 19th century. But it was as a patent lawyer that he attained an international reputation, becoming the personal counsel for Thomas Alva Edison’s massive manufacturing enterprises. Hayes was a passionate art collector and had a particular love of Asian works in porcelain and bronze. By the time of his death at the age of 45 in 1903, Hayes had amassed collection that was given to the City of Newark. Because Hayes died before the Newark Museum was founded, his collection was for many years on deposit at the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark. Hayes’ widow Mary Vanderpoel Hayes Pennington decided that the collection should be transferred to the Newark Museum, where it became a gift in 1949. The gift of the Hayes collection amplified the important holdings of Asian art that began with the museum’s founding in 1909.

W. Clark Symington was a Newark industrialist and a trustee of the Museum during the 1940s and 1950s. A graduate of Yale, with business interests in New England as well as in Newark, Symington traveled extensively and collected objects specifically for the Museum’s growing decorative arts collection. One of Symington’s passions was English silver. Influenced by the Museum’s focus on art in the design and production of everyday objects, Symington paid particular attention to the way silver objects were made, how they expressed the artistic skill of their makers and how they were used in a domestic setting.  Symington’s gifts were first displayed in the Museum’s 1953 exhibition An Introduction to Silver, which was the first in a series of projects intended to explain the design, making and use of a wide array of household objects. After his death, Symington’s widow created an acquisition fund in her husband’s memory, which has made possible the purchase of many important additions to the collection over the past 50 years.

“Thanks to people like these four Newarkers, the Museum now has one of the largest art collections in North America and is internationally known for the treasures in its care. Every one of us continues to benefit from the generosity of hundreds of individuals over the course of the Museum’s 107-year history,” said Ulysses Dietz, the Museum’s Chief Curator.

Newark Stories is made possible by a generous grant from the PSEG Foundation, with additional support provided by United Airlines and the Community Gallery Endowment Fund. This exhibition is part of a series of exhibitions at the Newark Museum in honor of Newark’s 350 Celebration.

For additional information, follow the Museum on Facebook at facebook.com/newark.museum or Twitter at twitter.com/newarkmuseum; or by visiting www.newarkmuseum.org.

 

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49th ANNUAL NEWARK FIREMAN’S FAIR & MUSTER, SUNDAY, JUNE 5 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/49th-annual-newark-firemans-fair-muster-sunday-june-5/ Tue, 24 May 2016 16:21:18 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=25169 Everyone loves a parade and the sounds of a Pipe and Drum band, especially when it includes shiny fire trucks with sirens blasting. But that’s only part of the family festivities planned for the 49th Annual Fireman’s Muster on Sunday, June 5 from 11 am to 3:30 pm, at the Newark Museum and across the street in … Continue reading 49th ANNUAL NEWARK FIREMAN’S FAIR & MUSTER, SUNDAY, JUNE 5

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Everyone loves a parade and the sounds of a Pipe and Drum band, especially when it includes shiny fire trucks with sirens blasting. But that’s only part of the family festivities planned for the 49th Annual Fireman’s Muster on Sunday, June 5 from 11 am to 3:30 pm, at the Newark Museum and across the street in Washington Park. 

Presented by the Newark Fire Department and the Newark Museum, day-long festivities and programming are scheduled in Washington Park, inside the Museum and in the Newark Fire Museum, located in the Alice Dreyfuss Memorial Garden on the Newark Museum grounds. Food and drink will be available from the Newark Fire Department.

An exhibition of model fire apparatus will be on display in Washington Park. A parade of Antique Fire Apparatus will begin in the Park at 12:20 pm, and the Newark Firefighters Pipe and Drum Band will perform there at 3 pm.

Activities scheduled at the Museum include hands on family projects, planetarium shows and tours of the Newark Fire Museum. All activities are free with Museum admission.

Further information, visit newarkmuseum.org.

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Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/modern-heroics-75-years-african-american-expressionism-newark-museum/ Fri, 13 May 2016 16:31:23 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=24925 Building on the Museum’s historic role as a leader in collecting and exhibiting African-American art, a new exhibition at the Newark Museum will present a distinguished group of works by leading modern and contemporary artists. Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum explores expressive painting and heroic themes through 34 works … Continue reading Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum

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Building on the Museum’s historic role as a leader in collecting and exhibiting African-American art, a new exhibition at the Newark Museum will present a distinguished group of works by leading modern and contemporary artists. Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum explores expressive painting and heroic themes through 34 works of painting and sculpture. Covering a broad span from the 1940s to the present, the exhibition is organized almost entirely from the Museum’s permanent collection of American Art, with a few additional works loaned by artists and private collectors in New Jersey.

On view from June 18, 2016 through January 8, 2017, Modern Heroics will showcase works by founding figures of the Harlem Renaissance and the Spiral group, along with a diverse selection of contemporary artists. Works by a number of self-taught artists will also be included, highlighting the strength of Newark’s collection of Folk and Self-Taught art. Featuring large-scale paintings by Norman Lewis, Purvis Young, Emma Amos, Bob Thompson and Mickalene Thomas,Modern Heroics will also include rarely-exhibited works by Romare Bearden, Minnie Evans, Herb Gentry, and Emilio Cruz, among others; and sculpture by Chakaia Booker, Kenseth Armstead, Kevin Sampson and Thornton Dial.

Mythical and universal subject matter, the bold use of color and large scale, and a direct engagement with materials — gestural approaches to painting and inventive sculptural forms —are themes that the exhibition will highlight. Approximately half of the works on display will be by self-taught artists, and several works will be shown for the first time in this exhibition. Through this strategic selection of artists, Modern Heroics will open up a conversation that looks beyond traditional categorizations including “self-taught,” “folk” and “outsider art,” and foster a broader appreciation for all of the works on view.

Modern Heroics is a focused exploration of expressionism across a diversity of styles and subjects,” said the exhibition curator, Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Ph.D., Curator of American Art. “All of the works in the show have a strong physical quality, and many are layered with symbolism and multiple narratives.”

The Newark Museum’s earliest acquisition of African-American art, Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Good Shepherd, 1922, entered the Museum’s permanent collection in 1929. In 1931 Newark hosted its first exhibition dedicated to African-American art, a group exhibition organized by the Harmon Foundation. From 1944 onwards, the Museum has originated numerous group exhibitions of African-American art, showcasing its rich holdings and bringing new artists into the growing collection, which now totals some 360 works.

“African-American art and culture are an important focus in the Museum’s collections and exhibition history. By presenting a selection of works by both prominent and lesser known artists, this exhibition will open up new perspectives and insights on narrative abstract painting in America as well as on artists that remain underrepresented in museums,” said Newark Museum CEO and Director Steven Kern.

Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum will be documented with a fully illustrated catalogue, published by the Newark Museum. A one-day symposium bringing together scholars of African-American art and artists from the exhibition is planned for October 15th, 2016. Speakers will include Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator Emerita, Museum of Arts and Design, and Leslie King-Hammond, Graduate Dean Emmeritus and Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

This exhibition is sponsored by The Robert Lehman Foundation; Newark Museum Volunteer Organization; Arlene Lieberman; Judy Lieberman; and United Airlines. Additional support provided by The Marie and Joe Melone Exhibition Fund for American Art; and Elizabeth Richards Family Foundation Endowment Fund. For additional information, follow the Museum on Facebook at facebook.com/newark.museum or Twitter at twitter.com/newarkmuseum; or by visiting www.newarkmuseum.org.

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