Previous Events

Our Words, Our Voices: Panel and Performance
Performances by Yvonne Fly Onakeme and Grace Detrevarah

Wednesday July 16th, 2014

Presented by Gallery Aferro in collaboration with the Department of African American and African Studies and the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University – Newark

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Gallery Aferro hosts 6th annual Benefit Art Auction and Party!

An even bigger and better night of culture and cocktails for a cause!

June 14, 2014, 7-10 PM

VIP Preview Hour 6-10, Afterparty 10-?

Tickets for party and afterparty on sale here

Gallery Aferro is thrilled to announce the 6th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party on June 14th. This festive event features an exciting auction of hundreds of artworks by emerging and established artists, live jazz performance by the William Spaulding Quartet as well as surprise performers, fun activities including interactive performance by Jackie Du, strong signature cocktails and endless icy craft beer from Hunterdon Brewery, fine catering, and 30+ wonderful door and raffle prizes.

All proceeds from tickets and purchases make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications, education program, and public art initiatives. Stay tuned via our email list, Facebook and Instagram as the excitement builds.

Gallery Aferro is a nonprofit alternative arts space founded by artists Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox in 2003. Within a decade of existence, Newark, NJ-based Gallery Aferro has received 3 consecutive Citations of Excellence from the NJ state arts council for our ambitious annual roster of 12-15 exhibitions, with connected artist talks, performances, panels, workshops, and screenings, our year-round artist residency program, educational offerings including arts intensives and school tours, a public art initiatives, and a publication line of artist books, exhibition catalogs, essays, a sound art CD. We collaborated with more than a dozen organizations in 2013 alone!

A 2011 full-length, illustrated profile in Inside NJ magazine described our “dizzying array of contemporary art,” and Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, The Star Ledger, The Daily Record, Fast Company, and the College Art Association are among others to take notice as well. The Co-Directors were invited to join the  2013 convening of the Gustav Heningburg Civic Fellowship, Rutgers Institute for Culture, Ethnicity and the Modern Experience, and jointly shared the honor of the Printmaking Center of NJ’s 2013 Erena Ray Award for Art and Social Justice. During February 2014, Artistic Director Evonne M. Davis was interviewed on NBC 4 New York News with Newark artist Jerry Gant.

Despite our comparative organizational youth, we’ve served as the sole Newark and even NJ representation as part of larger nationwide initiatives such as 2009 nationwide screenings of a censored film organized by PPOW Gallery (NYC), and 2013’s GhostFood Truck, part of Marfa Dialogues on Climate Change from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (NYC) and Ballroom Marfa (TX). To date, four Fulbright fellows, one Joan Mitchell awardee, and two of Eyebeam’s only female fellows have participated in our studio residency, adding to a growing brain trust of Newark-connected talent.

For one night only unique artworks will be available for sale at prices that will enlarge or establish your collection. Delight a friend, colleague or loved one with the gift of artwork. Bring someone who’s never been to the gallery, or to Newark, or someone you come with every year. Bask in the knowledge that you’ve supported downtown vibrancy, the free exchange of ideas, and arts access for the next generation. Dance and have fun.

Donors and supporters for the event to date include: Alex and Ani, Alstede Farms, Arthur Murray Dance Studios, AutoZone, Bradford Portraits, Broadway Comedy Club, Canvas on Demand, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Chipotle, Clementon Splash World, CVS, Eastside Distillery, Fabricland, Green Kids Crafts, Jones T Shirts, Libre Tea, Looney Labs, Luna Stage, McCarter Theater, Minted, New Era Caps, Old Sturbridge Village, Rebounderz, Scout by Bungalow, Shy Brother’s Farm, Stampin Up!, Stash Tea, Stomp!, The Shannon Rose, Tinyprints, True Citrus, Turkey Hill, Zoo Books and others.

 

 

Unusual Suspects: Jerry Gant
An Artistic Meditation of the Black Male Image in America
Curated by Linda Street and Gallery Aferro for Activate: Market Street

February 22 – May 24, 2014

Maurice Chestnut Performance
April 11, 6 PM
85 Market Street

One of tap’s brightest young stars, Maurice Chestnut is an original member of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. Straight from Newark, New Jersey, he introduces tap as an instrument. Maurice takes from his classical rhythm tap training and infuses hip-hop, funk and soul. His extensive list of credits includes his appearance at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe with the Geri Allen trio as a featured soloist, and his performances in productions with Savion Glover such as Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk, Improvography, Classical Savion, Tappin’ Into Monk, Invitation to the Dancer and on “ABC-TV’s Dancing With The Stars.” At the turn of the 21st century, the Newark Star Ledger’s arts reviewers named Maurice “one of the twenty New Jersey faces to watch for in the new century.”

Creative Mashup
April 18, 3 PM

85 Market Street

Continuing Gant’s investigation of performance, audience, agency, and tropes of Black masculinity, this performance will feature some unexpected guests. For more information visit aferro.org

Market Street Blueprint Cypher
April 26, 3 PM
Gallery Aferro

 
Participants in this activity will use images and symbols provided by artists Jerry Gant and Terry Boddie as well as make their own, to make unique cyanotype prints.  This activity will provide an opportunity for creative collaboration with the artists in the moment. Please RSVP to info@aferro.org to participate. A series of original prints by Gant and Boddie will also be available for sale in art shop.

Terry Boddie’s work as a photographer and multi-disciplinary artist explores the historical and contemporary aspects of memory, migration and globalization. The images often blur the distinctions between photography, drawing and painting. Boddie received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA from Hunter College in 1997. Recently his work has been exhibited in “KREYOL Factory” at the Parc La Villette in Paris, France and in the show “Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum.  His work has also been exhibited at the Smithsonian, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum, The Museum of the Americas, among other venues. Awards and honors include the Studio Museum of Harlem Artist In Residence, Center for Photography at Woodstock Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, The Center for Book Arts Artist in Residence, and Marie Sharpe Walsh Artist in Residence. Terry Boddie received a 2009 NJ print fellowship from the Brodsky Center, a 2009 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a 2011/2012 photography grant from the George and Helen Segal Foundation.

A Gathering of the Unusual Suspects: 100 Black Males in America

May 3, 10 AM
Essex County Courthouse Steps 465 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Presented by Gallery Aferro and Activate: Market Street
Photographer of Record, Akintola Hanif, Hycide Magazine
Art Director Jerry Gant
Creative Director Linda Street, Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate

Gallery Aferro is proud to present A Gathering of the Unusual Suspects, a historic public event from one of Newark’s most recognizable artistic forces, artist, muralist and performance poet Jerry Gant. Extending the narrative introduced by Gant’s Unusual Suspects exhibition for Gallery Aferro’s Activate:Market Street public art initiative, A Gathering of Unusual Suspects is an invitational event that will create an historic opportunity to capture the photographic image of a highly diverse, intergenerational assembly of Black males in America. Painters, poets, writers. teachers, lawyers, bankers, politicians, fashion designers, dancers, singers, rappers, students, brothers, fathers, sons are invited to gather on the steps of the historic Essex County Hall of Records building, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in Newark the largest city in New Jersey.  Participants and spectators are welcome! Participants must pre-register ASAP! To register, please visit here.

Panel moderated by Lisa Bradley
May 3, 2 PM
Gallery Aferro

Bradley, Gant, and other speakers will discuss the artist’s specific philosophical and political motivations and intentions in conceptualizing the entire Unusual Suspects project, as well as the specific context of time and place: Gallery Aferro, downtown Newark, and 2014 in America.

Lisa Bradley is an interdisciplinary artist and theorist, whose practice spans the genres of performance, sculpture, sound, writing and video. Her work queries concepts of the everyday and the absurd, as expressed through the lens of popular culture and critical race theory. Her work is most compellingly informed by Dada, ethnography, post-colonial theory, and The Cartoon Network.

Lisa’s arts training includes the BFA degree in Sculpture & Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, the MFA in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the MA in Art & Media Practice from The University of Westminster, London, UK. A National Endowment of the Arts award recipient, Lisa is a Studio Fellow alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, as well as a former artist-in-residence at Whitechapel Gallery in London, UK.

Bradley utilizes collaboration as a tangible material in her performative installations and interventions, and has most recently collaborated in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, with master artists William Pope L. and Martha Rosler.

Bradley will moderate Jerry Gant, Exhibiting Artist, Gallery Aferro and Activate:Market Street, Dr. Akil Khalfani, Director Africana Institute, Essex County College, Thomas Owens, School Operations Manager, Eagle Academy for Young Men of Newark, Douglas Says, Fashion Designer and Photo Historian and Rafael Sanchez, Artist on Gant’s specific philosophical and political motivations and intentions, conceptualizing the entire Unusual Suspects project.

 


 

Spring Artist Talks, Open Studios and Closing Party, Performance by Jerry Gant
May 24, 7 PM
Gallery Aferro

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Please join us for the biannual artist talks and open studios at Gallery Aferro, along with a closing party, with performance, for all spring shows.

Current resident artists speaking will be Gilbert Hsiao, Essential Elements, Wendy Letven, Jay Wilson, Tasha Lewis, Anne McKeown, Ken Weathersby, and Adejoke Tugbiyele, along with exhibiting artist and studio alumn Malik Hardaway-Whitaker. Come meet the artists, tour their studios, and learn about an exciting cross-section of contemporary artistic practice in all its variety.

4:00pm – 5:30pm Open Studios
5:30pm – 7pm Artist Talks
7pm – 10pm Closing Party with Performance by Jerry Gant

On view through May 24:

Material Memory
Curated by Barbara Madsen
Heather Hart, Sophy Naess and Nicholas Pilato

Most Likely To…
Bud McNichol

Brick City Project
Malik Hardaway-Whitaker

Unusual Suspects
Curated by Linda Street for Activate: Market Street
Jerry Gant


 

 

5th Annual Holiday Party/Potluck/Open House
December 14, 2-7pm

Gallery Aferro, in collaboration with Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, invites you to the 5th Annual Holiday Potluck & Closing Party, with Art Crawl between two Newark galleries.

Aljira Open House gallery hours: 12pm to 4pm
Gallery Aferro gallery hours: 12-7, Potluck and Party 2-7pm

Bring something to Gallery Aferro to share and feast on the yummy array. There will be a hot, boozy drink, and cold craft beer. Mustache-wearing optional. Celebrate the closing of the shows with the artists, and enjoy your community.

Current shows on view at Gallery Aferro: Reflections on Everyman: Jan Sawka, Toile News Project: Margaret Murphy, and Sowing Promise: Vikki Michalios.

Current shows on view at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art: Birth of a Cypher: Works by Terry Boddie, Temporality and Objects: New Installations and Photographs by Carl E. Hazlewood

Art Shop will be stuffed with a newly expanded selection of prints, plus cards, tee-shirts, wallets, gifts, jewelry, and books, many at 50% off!

All proceeds, including your generous end–of-the-year donations will help benefit the community arts program of Gallery Aferro, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit!

We can’t wait to see you and celebrate the end of an especially terrific year.


Jan Sawka: The Artists’ Role in Changing The World Symposium
November 16th 12-5pm
Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ

Gallery Aferro, the Newark Arts Council, and the Paul Robeson Galleries of Rutgers University present a free symposium using the sociopolitical context of the late Polish American artist Jan Sawka’s work as a jumping off point to look at art and activism. Speakers Frank Boyer, Jeffrey Goldfarb and Cynthia Nadelman will present on The subversive power of writing, letters, and coded language as manifested in Sawka’s visual art,(Nadelman), Living in Truth through Art: The Power of the not so Powerless (Goldfarb), and Art in the political and public space, then and now (Boyer). Public art and the artist’s role in its creation are at the heart of promoting civic dialogue everywhere. At its June 2013 artist development workshop Re-Source 3, the Newark Arts Council (NAC) initiated the discussion about public art and its importance in Newark’s continuing renaissance. NAC’s partnership with Gallery Aferro and Rutgers Newark’s Paul Robeson Galleries is a means of expanding on this important discourse. For the past decade, the Newark Arts Council has championed for the recognition and creation of public art in the City of Newark as part of its ongoing revival.

Sawka’s career began with work that expressed artistic opposition to the totalitarian communist regime of his native Poland, leading to his being included in the Polish School of the Poster, but also to his exile by the age of 30. Upon reaching the United States, his creative collaborations merged into counter-cultural, activist, avant-garde and alternative movements within the country he would call home for the majority of his career. This included collaborations as diverse as off-Broadway set designs and working with Samuel Beckett, to creating a historic art installation set for the Grateful Dead.

He continued to create work that would ultimately help change the political system of his homeland and that would bring attention to issues as diverse as a non-nuclear future, human rights, apartheid and Mid-East peace. In the meantime, he created paintings and fine-art prints that confronted issues of freedom on societal, cultural and deeply personal levels that were shown in over 70 solo shows at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and other cities. His work is in over 60 museum collections around the world. The last award of his life was from the American Institute of Architects for his design for an inter-faith peace monument for Jerusalem. This symposium is an event of “Reflections on Everyman: The Work of Jan Sawka,” a large exhibition of the artist’s works that is on view at Gallery Aferro until December 14, 2013. This symposium is made possible by the support of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, the Polish American Business Club, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Polish National Tourist Office and the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, Rutgers University.

The presenting speakers, their topics and biographies:

Cynthia Nadelman: The subversive power of writing, letters, and coded language as manifested in Jan Sawka’s visual art.

Ms. Nadelman is an art critic, curator and poet based in New York, a contributing editor of ARTnews for over 25 years. Her art writing has also appeared in Drawing, American Heritage, Arts, Elle, Manhattan, Inc., Sulfur, American Ceramics and numerous museum and gallery catalogues. Her poetry has been published in The Paris Review, Pequod, The Gettysburg Review, New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, and Partisan Review. She first became acquainted with Sawka’s work in the early 1980s. Ms. Nadelman, whose parents were with the U.S. State Department, was born in Italy and grew up in Poland, Germany, Liberia, and Washington, D.C. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1975, majoring in German. She has received fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Nadelman is an authority on the work of her grandfather, the Polish-American sculptor Elie Nadelman.

Jeffrey Goldfarb:  Living in Truth through Art: The Power of the not so Powerless.

Mr. Goldfarb is the Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research and he teaches “Media and Micro-politics” and the “Advanced Seminar in Sociology of Culture.” His most recent publications include “The Politics of Small Things, Left and Right” (2006), The Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times (2006) and Civility and Subversion: The Intellectual in Democratic Society (1998). He also studied the freedom movements of Central Europe and one of his books deals with the transitions of the political systems there: “After the Fall: The Pursuit of Democracy in Central Europe” (1992). (Title references the essay “The Power of the Powerless” by the Czech playwright, political activist and first president of a free Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel.)

Frank Boyer: Art in the political and public space, then and now.

Mr. Boyer’s presentation will provide an overview of how the place of artist expression, and thus that of the artist’s role in society, has undergone change since the 1980’s to today within the art scene of New York and its surrounding area.

Frank Boyer holds an MA in Humanities and DA (Doctor of Arts) from the Program in Art and Art Professions in The Steinhardt School of Education at NYU. He teaches art-related subjects at SUNY-New Paltz and SUNY-Ulster, and in addition to poetry, fiction, and drama, writes art theory and cultural criticism. Dr. Boyer participated in the performance art scene of the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 1980’s. He has worked as an arts administrator and grant-writer, particularly in the realms of art in education.


Gallery Aferro and RBH Group launch new public art series lighting up Market Street corridor!

“Activate: Market Street” features new media art and installation in multiple downtown Newark storefronts!

Newark, NJ- Gallery Aferro is thrilled to announce “Activate: Market Street,” a new, year-round public art project transforming hundreds of linear feet of vacant storefront windows in Newark’s historic downtown district. Four storefronts owned by RBH Group on Market Street between Washington and University Streets will be activated nightly with films, animation, neon sculptures, kinetic and interactive art, and other kinds of self-illuminated artworks from local, national and international artists. Supported by RBH Group, and created by Gallery Aferro, the project delivers arresting, unexpected, and highly memorable experiences with contemporary art directly to the public, whether residents, students, workers or first-time visitors. The project launch coincides with Gallery Aferro’s 5th annual benefit art auction and party on June 15th, connecting attendees and passersby’s alike with a tangible example of the work of local arts nonprofits to advance vibrancy in the city.

Launch locations: 73 Market Street, 75 Market Street, 77 Market Street, 85 Market Street, 93 Market Street. Hours: dusk till late, Thursday to Saturday, beginning June 15th at dusk.

The project will rotate seasonally, corresponding with Gallery Aferro’s award-winning exhibition programming and events taking place in an RBH building at 73 Market Street, where the gallery has been headquartered since 2006. Artists featured for the first rotation from June through September are Fanny Allie, Dave BeckMatt Broach, DmitryMorozov, Katie Truk. Additional artists selected by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne of CologneOFF, a European programmatic collaborator are Ezra Wube, Stine Gromshott, Johanna Reich and Signe Lillemark. In addition to offering nightly storefront art viewings, the gallery plans to create additional innovative events that will utilize the block’s sidewalk as a community space.

According to Evonne M. Davis, Gallery Aferro Co-Founder and Artistic Director, “We want to bring art directly to any willing audience. This project represents something we at Gallery Aferro have been working towards for many years. I’ve guest-curated guerilla film screenings in storefronts in Brooklyn and Jersey City, and am proud to be curating for a Newark audience on such an ambitious scale.”

Inspired by Gallery Aferro’s recent spring exhibition featuring neon sculptures by French artist Fanny Allie in the windows along Market Street, RBH Group wanted to see more of such activation of the streetscape.“We are excited to be working with Gallery Aferro on this innovative project”, says RBH Group CEO Ron Beit“With our Teachers Village Project currently under construction and the Four Corners Millennium Project now underway, the Activate Market Street initiative is a precursor to the transformation this part of downtown will be experiencing in the months and years to come.”

In collaboration with RBH Group, Gallery Aferro conceptualized the project from a deeply felt understanding of a 24-hour city. Cities that are vibrant and livable have streetscapes that provide both unexpected excitement as well as spaces for peaceful contemplation. We believe in art experiences that are simultaneously accessible, challenging, and pleasurable. Gallery Aferro has executed numerous successful projects that activated vacant or underutilized spaces for cultural experiences open to all. These have included storefront and building exterior projection screenings, community drop-in tintype portrait days and the 48 Hour Line, an all night nonstop drawing fest. We draw inspiration from sources such as Creative Time’s early work in Times Square, from the European tradition of all-night art festival Nuite Blanches, from the use of neon and film by the Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Multi-Media and Light-Based Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, from New York City’s Lumen Festival, and from the nationwide placemaking movement.

Get involved: The public are asked to tag all photos they take of the project and/or themselves with it with @GalleryAferro and @Activate:Market to take the project from the street to Facebook!

For more information about Gallery Aferro, see:
www.aferro.org
www.facebook.com/GalleryAferro
www.activatemarketstreet.org
www.facebook.com/ActivateMarketStreet
www.activatemarketstreet.org

For more information on RBH’s Teachers Village Project, see:
www.facebook.com/pages/Teachers-Village/185479814885275
www.twitter.com/SoMaNewark
www.instagram.com/teachersvillage


5th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party
June 15, 2013, 7-10 PM(VIP Preview 5:30-7)

Regular Advance Tickets $25 / Regular Tickets at Door $30
Advance VIP Tickets $100 / VIP Tickets at Door $150

On Sale Now Here: www.aferro.org and by mail to PO Box 5668 Newark NJ 07105

Gallery Aferro is thrilled to announce the 5th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party on June 15th. This festive event features hundreds of artworks and experiences by emerging and established artists, live jazz by the William Spaulding Quartet, seasonal foodstuffs, strong signature cocktails as well as icy beer from Hunterdon Brewery, and many, many wonderful door prizes including but not limited to fine dining experiences, theatre tickets, and gifts from McCarter Theatre, Stencil1, Shy Brothers Farm and others.

All proceeds from tickets and purchases make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications and expanding education program. Gallery Aferro is a nonprofit alternative arts space founded by artists Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox in 2003, offering engaging exhibitions that connect new audiences in a welcoming environment that builds community and reflects a positive image of Newark.  The gallery has received two back-to-back Citations of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and has been described by Inside New Jersey magazine as offering “a dizzying array of contemporary art.” The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has praised our “expansive vision, impact in Newark as well as regionally and even internationally”, and our “exemplary mentoring opportunities for young artists.”

For one night only unique artworks by emerging and established artists will be available for sale at prices that will enlarge or establish your collection. Delight a friend, colleague or loved one with the gift of artwork. Bring someone who’s never been to the gallery, or to Newark, or someone you come with every year. Bask in the knowledge that you’ve supported downtown vibrancy, the free exchange of ideas, and arts access for the next generation. Dance and have fun.

Gallery Aferro has exhibited over 500 local, national and international artists, granted workspace to more than 60 artists, created 21 publications including a sound art CD and feminist art history handouts, collaborated with dozens of other community-based organizations, galleries and museums, hosted and created talks, screenings and demonstrations for high schools, colleges, universities, professional and senior groups, created off-site exhibition opportunities for NJ artists and expanded our educational offerings, starting with our program connecting Newark’s young women with creative experiences and computer literacy.

Sponsors: AMC, Cabot, Canvas on Demand, Canvas4Life, Clearview Cinemas, Field Station Dinosaurs, Fresh Direct, Hunterdon Brewery, Larry Litt, McCarter Theatre, Minted, NJ State Theatre, Old Sturbridge Village, Panera Bread, Portrait Innovations, Redbox, Remco Press, Shy Brothers Farm, Spanish Tavern, Stash Tea, Stencil1, Tom Binh, Two River Theatre.

Thanks for your support! We can’t wait to see you on June 15th.

If you are interested in volunteering, donating art or sponsoring this event, please let us know at info@aferro.org!


The Children’s Games Project: Louisa Armbrust
A Visual Dictionary to Bruegel’s Children’s Games

Children’s Games, painted by Pieter Bruegel in 1560, shows over 80 games being played in a town square. For the Children’s Games Project I have created a set of drawings cataloging the individual games shown in the painting. These drawings serve as a guide for participants to pick their favorite game to re-enact. Participants may play the game, or simply re-create the pose as shown in the painting. In either case the results are captured on camera and shared : http://www.childrensgamesproject.com/

The goal of the CGP is to create a contemporary archive of re-enactments and reinterpretations of the play in Bruegel’s painting. The CGP examines, playfully, the humanism and wit of an early Renaissance masterwork that is still current today.


Carbon Corpus: Michelle Wilson

Carbon Corpusis an ongoing project examining environmental issues and alternative economies. This project aims to examine the choices inherent lessening a carbon footprint, and also to critique the difficulties therein in modern society.For Carbon Corpus, Michelle Wilson is offering for sale the animal-based carbon credits to her body to purchasers. For the initial public offering (IPO), a share, defined as one week of purchased time, are offered at $50/share. In exchange for their purchase, Michelle will eat a vegan diet for the period of time purchased. Buyers will also receive certificates to the authenticity of her commitment and the amount of carbon offset, approximately sixty pounds of carbon dioxide per share
To get involved and for more information please visit carboncorpus.blogspot.com or email michelle@michellewilsonprojects.com


Homegrown Security
10 free window boxes for Newark residents from artist Moira Williams through May 31, 2013.

For an on going work that will be in Gallery Aferro’s front windows at 73 Market Street. You can be a part of Homegrown Security! Homegrown Security is about celebrating heritage, cultural beliefs and knowledge through and about plants. Homegrown Security are window boxes as an invitation to share plant knowledge, folklore and recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation and meant to secure the lively vitality of plant knowledge and language. To secure, share and continue a culturally rich and diverse plant knowledge each person who wishes to participate will receive a custom made window box that will be fitted into their window. In exchange, I will ask people to share their knowledge about the plants they choose to grow.
Please contact: Moira Williams (631)-891-9144 


Urban Foraging to Urban Table with artist Moira Williams
April 7, 14PM

Do you like Nature?
Do you want to learn how to forage?
Do you want to learn how to cook what you forage?

Join Forager Dan Farelle and Artist Moira Williams for an urban foraging walk. Where we will discover wild edible and medicinal plants living with us in Newark! We will learn how to identify many plants revered in the herbal traditions for healing and how to forage for nutritious wild food from Branch Brook Park! Following our urban foraging we will go to Gallery Aferro where Moira will cook up a meal from our foraged foods.

Where: Branch Brook Park – Please meet us on the corner of Bloomfield and Lake St. across the street from Meineke. Additional parking is located in the Branch Brook Park. We will leave promptly at 1pm! Please contact Moira 631.891.9144 or moira670@gmail.com

Please bring a camera and notebook for recording the plants we find. We will make a foraging map together to leave in Gallery Aferro!

Dan Farella is a Forager, Herbalist, and Musician dedicated to working with Nature to further the healing of the planet and the soul. Dan teaches foraging, how to make medicinal products from wild herbs, fire making, and survival in the wild through Return to Nature.He also sells his own wild herbal products, teaches music, yoga, chanting, and meditation.


4th Annual Holiday Potluck & Closing Party
Gallery Aferro invites you to the 4th Annual Holiday Potluck & Closing Party on December 15, 2012 from 2-8 PM.

Open Studios from 2-4
Artist Talks from 4-6
Potluck & Party from 6-8

Bring something to share and sip on a very festive Nutella(!) hot chocolate cocktail and scarf down a bangin’ potluck spread. Those who have attended before can attest to the amazing array of yumminess that will ensue.Join the artists for the closing reception of our current shows: Seth Ellis: Estimated Distance, Newark Scene and Heard: Narratives of an Artists’ Community curated by Bianca Monet, Steve Rossi: Sidewalk Alchemy, Lane Cooper: What Persists (Lillian).Resident artist talks will commence at 4PM, featuring Dahlia Elsayed, Anne Q McKeown, Ibrahim Ahmed, Alexandra Desipris, James Horner, Bud McNichol, Jacob Mandel and Ken Weathersby.

A fun selection of hand made gift items will be for sale at our Art Shop Pop Up Craft Sale! Artisans include Vasquez, Blue Moon Creations and the extended Davis family including new, masculine crafts.

All proceeds, including your generous end–of-the-year donations will help benefit the community arts program of Gallery Aferro, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit!

We can’t wait to see you and celebrate the end of another terrific year.


Winter 2012 Artist Talks
December 15, Open Studios 2-4, Artist Talks 4-6

Meet the artists and learn about their motivations, approach, and the trajectory of their current projects. Each artist will speak for 10 minutes only, leading to a compact taste of contemporary practice.

Participants: Ibrahim Ahmed, Alexandra Desipris, Dahlia Elsayed, James Horner, Jacob Mandel, Anne Q McKeown, Bud McNichol and Ken Weathersby.


The 4th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party
June 16, 2012 7-10 PM

Advance Tickets on sale now online/by mail**

Regular Tickets are $20 now or $25 at the door

VIP* Tickets are $100 now or $150 at door

*VIP Tickets include advanced preview and auction bidding options, free hand delivery within the tri-state area of artwork purchases over $200, and private tour of Gallery Aferro studio resident’s studios.

Gallery Aferro is delighted to announce that our 4th annual silent auction and unsilent party, with live jazz by William Spaulding Quartet, will be held on June 16th. This festive event, quickly becoming a local tradition, features hundreds of artworks for bid, novel entertainments, yummy foodstuffs and strong signature cocktails as well as icy beer from Hunterdon Brewery.

All proceeds make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications and expanding education program. More than 80 local, national and international artists have donated artworks and experiences, including a custom 140-character letterpress “tweet,” a USB drive of sound art from Finland, artist-led tours from Iron Maiden Artist Tours and other offerings impossible to classify but sure to thrill.

Gallery Aferro has exhibited over 500 local, national and international artists, granted workspace to more than 60 artists,created 19 publications including a sound art CD and feminist art history handouts, collaborated with dozens of other community-based organizations, hosted and created talks, screenings and demonstrations for high schools, colleges, universities, professional and senior groups, created off-site exhibition opportunities for NJ artists and expand our education program connecting Newark’s young women with creative experiences and computer literacy. Work by Gallery Aferro students will be included in the Newark Museum’s major exhibition, “Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art,” on view in September 2012.

Donating artists:

Alicia Ackerman
Josef Albers
Ben Altman
Ruby Amanze
Kenseth Armstead
Les Ayre
Raymond Bally
Anonda Bell
Katrina Bello
Gianluca Bianchino
Terry Boddie
Sam Bornstein
Justin Borucki
Nicole Helen Brunner
Maria Buyondo
Karlos Carcamo
Patricia Cazorla
Marcy Chevali
Lane Cooper
Christine DaCruz
Kevin Darmanie
Andrew Demirjian
Florine Demosthene
Dahlia Elsayed
Alyssa Fanning
Jerry Gant
Doron Gild
Tai Hwa Goh
Allan Gorman
Christopher Guerra
Malik Hardaway-Whitaker
Christine Heller
Daniel Patrick  Helmstetter
James Horner
Lisa Iglesias
Joe  Iurato
Darren Jones
Mona Kamal
Suzanne Kammin
Hiroshi Kumagai
Rob Lach
Valeri Larko
JC  Lenochan
Ann LePore
Laura Lou Levy

Nancy Mahl
Nadja Marcin
Karen Margolis
Anne McKeown
Maria Driscoll  McMahon
Bud  McNichol
Vikki Michalios
Geoffrey Owen Miller
Naomi Miller
Traci Molloy
Alex Morel
Kate  Okeson
Marshall Okin
Yoko Ono
Nell Painter
Meera Lee Patel
Sarah Nicole Phillips

Jon Rappleye
Ryan Roa
Angela Rossi
Steve Rossi
Seth Ruggles Hiler-Destino

Henry G. Sanchez
Liz Sales
Tania Sen
Lee Sherry
Abigail Simon
Laurinda Stockwell
Stan Sudol
Calla Thompson
Kai Vierstra
Christine Wagner
Joe Waks
Barbara Wallace
Emma Wilcox
Andrew Wilkinson
Bahar Yurukoglu
Polina Zaitseva

Sponsors:

Hell’s Kitchen Lounge
Hunterdon Brewery
Jerry’s Artist Outlet
Krug’s Tavern
Robert’s Pizzeria
Seton Hall University
Spanish Tavern
StepOn To Design LLC

*Please send checks to PO Box 5668 Newark NJ 07105


Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Artist Talks: Fall 2011
December 3, 1 PM

Featuring Katrina Bello, Marcy Chevali, Dahlia Elsayed, Nadja Frank and Jomar Statkun, Elizabeth Gilfilen, Vikki Michalios,
Nell Painter and Ken Weathersby.

Artists will be talking about past or current projects, processes, material, memory, scale, history, (missed) collisions, self representation and creation. Hot cider and Baklava will be served. Studios will be open after the talks for questions and mingling with the artists.


The 3rd Annual Holiday Party/ Sale / Potluck / Shindig
December 17, 5-9 PM

Gallery Aferro invites you to the 3rd Annual Holiday Party on December 17 from 5-9 PM. Join us for a killer potluck spread with hot drinks and shop for (heavily discounted) artist-made items for all your holiday gifts.

All proceeds, as well as your generous end-of-year donations benefit the community arts programs of Gallery Aferro, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit!

Art Shop’s selection of unique artist-made items includes jewelry, gift items, art, prints and cards, pottery, artist books, pillows, decor and housewares, wallets and bags, tees, clothing and accessories for men, women, kids and babies, plus, of course, the famous record bowls!

10% off everything in shop with nothing held back and 50% off on many items!

Join the artists for the closing reception for three shows on 2
floors: Relexification, Vital Signs: Eve + Bowie, Two Moons: Elizabeth Gilfilen.

What will you bring to share? See you soon.

 

2009-2011, 2008, 2007-6, Storefront Films

2009-2011

Art Outside School: Local Resources for Local Kids
October 27, 8 PM

This intergenerational panel as part of Identity Blueprint at Pierro Gallery presents an array of important voices currently engaged in teaching and learning about art in non-school settings. Join in the discussion and find out about the local resources that are available to area students.

Panelists include teaching artist and Ramapo College Professor Ann LePore; Deputy Director for Education at the Newark Museum, Ted Lind; Director of Education at the Montclair Museum Gary Schneider; and college freshman Claudia Phillips, who as a high school student participated in Gallery Aferro’s Identity Blueprint program. Moderated by Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox, co-founders of Gallery Aferro


2011 Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Artist Talks and Open Studios
May 21, 12-3 PM

On Saturday, May 21, 2011 Gallery Aferro will host the 2011 Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Artist Talks and Open Studios. Featuring five current Artists-in-Residence, this event will focus on showcasing the work of Patricia Cazorla, Marcy Chevali, Don Edler, Ken Weathersby and Walter Zimmerman.

Beginning at noon, each artist will give a brief presentation on their work. These informal talks may include introductions of past and present bodies of work, discussions on conceptual and thematic concerns and Q&A. Following the Artist Talks, you will be invited into the artists’ studios form 1:30 -3:00 PM to view the work in person and for further in-depth discussion. Refreshments will be served. Please join us Saturday, May 21st for this exciting opportunity! Meet the artists, see their studios, and catch the current shows on exhibition if you haven’t already.

Featured Artists:

Patricia Cazorla is a Venezuelan-born artist who will present her latest series of mixed media-drawings. A collaborative project with artist Nancy Saleme, the works reflect on issues of migrant farm workers in the US.

Marcy Chevali will share her work in which she creates parallel maps for things that are not tangible.  She arranges string, water, tea leaves, turmeric, words, fabric and tracing paper to re-create emotional situations from her own life.

Don Edler will present a new body of large-scale sculptural works that investigate compounding structural systems in our world. Made of recycled commercial materials, the works imply physical struggles.

Ken Weathersby will discuss the development of his painting over the last several years. This body of work is primarily involved in pulling apart the given syntax of “painting”, exposing or recombining aspects of painting’s conventions.

Walter Zimmerman will present his on-going body of work that incorporates various industrial materials to create personified armatures for heat-shrunk plastic skins. The Artist Talks will begin at 12 PM, followed by refreshments and the Open Studios event from 1:30 PM- 3 PM.


3rd annual benefit art auction Saturday June 18, 7-10

Tickets on sale NOW

Join us for Art Reaction, our 3rd annual party and auction. For one night only unique artworks by emerging and established artists will be available for sale at prices that will enlarge or establish your collection. Delight a friend, colleague or loved one with the gift of artwork. Enjoy music, novel activities, local food, strong signature drinks and your community. Please contact us for more information at info@aferro.org

This June, we celebrate our 5th year on Market Street.

In that time, Gallery Aferro has:

-become a 501(c)3 nonprofit
-exhibited over 500 local, national and international artists
-granted workspace to 54 artists
-created 19 publications including a sound art CD
-collaborated with dozens of other community-based organizations
-hosted and created talks, screenings and demonstrations for high schools, colleges, universities, professional and senior groups, recovery programs, and others
-created off-site exhibition opportunities for NJ artists
-launched a gift shop that encourages civic pride and creates income for local artisans
-launched an education program connecting young women with creative experiences and computer literacy
-participated in a nationwide protest against the censorship of art


Promises, Promises III
Anne Dushanko Dobek

Gallery Aferro will be a collection point for donated petticoats/ dresses being collected by the artist for her upcoming installation, as  part of an ongoing series titled “Silent Voices.”Drop off donations at Gallery Aferro from March 5 – April 2 during regular gallery hours of Th – Sat 12-6. Promises Promises III is based upon a real incident: In March 2002 four young girls were found enslaved in brothels in Plainfield and Elizabeth NJ. The horror of their story was the motivation for this work which is a larger scale variation of site specific installations in the garden of the Pen and Brush Club in NYC (2009) and the New Jersey Arts Annual (2010)

Promises, Promises III consists of several hundred net petticoats from donated wedding, bridesmaid and Quinceanera gowns. Torn, dyed, shredded and painted, the petticoats hang haphazardly from the ceiling. This seductive cloud reminds us of girlish dreams: weddings, ballerinas and princesses.This work symbolically references a real event: four young girls trafficked into the country with promises of marriage. Their gruesome life in a brothel was not a rarity.

Promises, Promises III was designed to raise awareness of this depraved international business. Join others in donating your net petticoats from wedding, bridesmaid or Quinceanera dresses, tutus or costumes. Please email anart@aol.com with any questions.


Artist Talk Series

Saturdays November 11, December 4 and December 11 2010 from 3:30-5 PM

Please join us in the new media room for a three part series of artist talks by current participants in Gallery Aferro’s studio residency program, plus a reading of new material by exhibiting artist Greg Leshe. A series of eight talks focusing on current residents will provide a look into the creative life of the gallery. In conjunction with the talks, residency studios will be open to the public. Drinks will be served!These artists represent the gamut of contemporary art practices and discussions will undoubtedly reflect a full spectrum of how artists conceive of making work.

November 20th:
Ann LePore
Lane Cooper
Dahlia Elsayed

December 4th:
Steve Rossi
Greg Leshe

December 11th:
Blithe Riley
Peter Owen
Alison Owen


2nd Annual Holiday Party
December 11, 2010 5-10 PM

Gallery Aferro invites you to the 2nd Annual Holiday Party on December 11 from 5-10 PM. Join us for a potluck spread with roasted chestnuts, organic hot chocolate and a hot signature drink and shop at Art Shop for all your holiday gifts.

Your purchases support Identity Blueprint, Gallery Aferro’s new educational program for Newark public high school female students! Listening Party and Launch for our first sound art project, “Elevator Music,” juried by Adam Trowbridge with CD design by Andrew Wilkinson. Buy the CD, and you too can hear what will be on indefinite loop in our freight elevator. Join the artists for the closing reception for Greg Leshe’s “Ground-over Skies,” Irys Schenker’s “You’re a Big Girl Now” and Anonda Bell and Tara de la Garza’s “Ripe: Conception and Perception” Art Shop’s selection of unique Artist-made items includes jewelry, gift items, art, prints and cards, pottery,books, pillows, decor and housewares, wallets and bags, tees, clothing and accessories for men, women, kids and babies, plus, of course, the famous record bowls!

Sponsor:


Elevator Music
Aferro Publication No. 17Listening Party and CD Launch
December 11, 2010, 5-10 PM

9 artists and groups have created a total of 51 minutes of music to be played on permanent loop in the freight elevator of Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, USA and archived as part of Aferro Publications as a limited edition CD of 70.

3 Teens Kill 4 – No Motive: David Wojnarowicz, Jesse Hultberg, Julie Hair, Bill Gerstel, Brian Butterick, Doug Bressler, Anette Barbier, Zoe Chan, Spencer Frohwirth, Kevin Ley, F. Ribeiro, Pablo Sanz Almoguera, Benjamin Thorp, Jessica Westbrook

Curated by Adam Trowbridge
Concept by Emma Wilcox
CD Design by Andrew Wilkinson

Adam Trowbridge is an artist focused on research that fractures the intersection of sensation and cognition, or any collective basis for meaning, purpose and communication. His work explores the aesthetic possibilities that arise as communication breaks down. Using new media and popular culture in a practice at the intersection of linguistics and sensational aesthetics, he invents incidents that occur slightly above the noise level, between words that organize our communities and the chaos that lies beyond them. Materially, his recent work has been in the form of theater, performance, responsive art and video. He is also working with Philadelphia’s Basekamp to expand the education outreach of Plausible Artworlds, a collaborative initiative that aims to provide a platform for examining and accompanying the emergence of plural artistic environments.


Screening: David Wojnarowicz, A Fire In My Belly
Saturday December 11, 5:30 PM

Gallery Aferro will be screening David Wojnarowicz’ “A Fire in My Belly” in reaction to the Smithsonian’s removal of this work from their exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” at the National Portrait Gallery on November 30, days before World AIDS Day.

Please join us at 5:30 in the new media room to see the film and discuss.

This screening is part of a nationwide movement to screen the film and discuss it publicly.

David Wojnarowicz was an openly gay artist, filmmaker, photographer, writer, and activist who chronicled a late-twentieth century New York ravaged by AIDS. His multi-media work is notable for combining elements of personal narrative with erotic, often confrontational imagery. Published writings include the books “Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration” and “Memories That Smell Like Gasoline”. His activities included performing in a band, 3 Teens Kill 4 – No Motive. An iconic image of the Wojnarowicz appears in the film “Silence = Death”, where he appears with his mouth sewn shut in a reference to ACT-UP slogan. Wojnarowicz continued to produce work until his death from AIDS-related complications on July 22, 1992 at the age of 37.

David Wojnarowicz, “A Fire In My Belly (Film In Progress)”, 1986-87 Super 8mm film, black and white & color Silent TRT: 00:13:06

Video provided courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York and The Fales Library and Special Collections/ New York University


Purse Hacking Workshop
September 25, 1-3 PM
with Johana Moscoso,Maria Jimenez and Norene Leddy

Learn how to add an audible alarm, hidden pockets, and LEDs to your purse! Join us for a purse hacking workshop with Johana Moscoso, Maria Jimenez and Norene Leddy. Bring your own handbag(s), we will supply the equipment and materials for alarms, pockets, and LEDs.

Please RSVP to info@aferro.org as space is limited.

This workshop is part of the exhibition “What a girl wants, what a girl needs: The Aphrodite Project” at Gallery Aferro, Sep. 11-Oct. 2, 2010.

$10 requested donation for materials, but no one will be turned away.


Utopian Standard: Bjørn Erik Haugen
6/19/10
9/23/10

Bjørn Erik Haugen works mainly with photo, sound- and video installation, with a political emphasis.Utopian Standard is a black banner with white text: “We could and we might.” The Font used on the banner is “Utopia Std.”The banner will be carried by Newark public school students as Gallery Aferro’s representation in the third annual Newark Arts Parade.

The thought behind the work is to show modern societies internalises a potential fear and concern in its people. My opinion is that through creating fear and uncertainty one creates a people that is more easily for the politicians to govern. The intention using the font is to appropriate and use the title and show fear and violence through history has been utilizes as a tool for creating and realizing a Utopiansociety, an ideal state and a paradise on earth. “The best of all possible worlds,” as Candide says in the book by Voltaire by the same name.

Foucault has in his writings analysed how institutions through power and knowledge, creates, and influences the structures of society and of people’s minds. In his book “Discipline and Punish” one of his main points is that in modern societies one turns from corporal punishment for an internal change of the person which also gives the possibility to control the person from within himself.


Paper Moon: Art Party and Benefit Auction for Gallery Aferro
June 19th, 7 – 10 PM

Paper Moon, our second annual benefit art part and auction, was a success. Thank you to everyone involved!!!!!!

See images from event

Art Auction and Party! Signature drinks and great local catering! Music by DJ Amanda of Brick City Burlesque!
Interactive Photo Event with the opportunity to have your professional portrait taken with your choice of artist-created backdrops,
by: Peter Brauch, Rick Reiser, Raul Villarreal, and students from Newark’s own Arts High School


Benefit to support Gallery Aferro’s programing with raffle and auction of artworks by:

Gema Alava, Mauro Altamura, Kenseth Armstead, Les Ayre, Lathoriel Badenhausen, Lorna Barrowclough, Gregg Beckett, Katrina Bello, Gianluca Bianchino, Jeanne Brasile, Peter Brauch, Jo Ann Brody, Mona Brody, Laura Bruce, Irene Christensen, Taheera Cochran, Margarida Corriea, Patricia Dahlman, Denise de la Cerda*, Wyndi DeSouza, 

Anne Dushanko Dobek, Alyssa Edmee Fanning, Lisa Elmaleh, Dahlia Elsayed, Susan E. Evans, Matt Gosser, 

Norman Greenwell, Julie Hair, Victoria Hanks, Carla Hansen, Marion Held, Peter Herley, William Hudders, Stephen Hutchins, Rebecca Jampol, Hyo Jeong Nam, Darren Jones, Jayson Keeling, Anki King, Hiroshi Kumagai, Robert Lach, Barbara Landes,Valeri Larko, Norene Leddy, Ann LePore, Greg Leshe, Michelle Levante, Lara Loutrel, Nancy Mahl, Gayle Mahoney, 

Loretta Olivia Maldonado, Karen Margolis, Teresa Marra, John Maters, Tim Maul, Margaret Murphy, Park McArthur, 

Anne Q. McKeown, Dave Miller, Stephen Mishol, Traci Molloy, Michelle Mumoli, Judy Negron, Paula Neto, Mathew Nicolosi, Leah Oates, Sylvia Padilla, Joan Pamboukes, Kelly Ann Pinho, James Prez, Jae Quinlan, Anil CS Rao, Blithe Riley, Ryan Roa, Angela Rossi, Liz Sales, Jessica Santos, Irys Schenker, Sam Sebren, DC Smith, Laurinda Stockwell, Helen Stummer, Stan Sudol, 

Charlee Swanson, Aileen Tat, Amanda Thackray, Calla Thompson, Rollo Tomasi, Kai  Vierstra, Raul Villarreal, James Vining, Joe Waks, Andrew Wilkinson, Robert E. Williams, Michelle Wilson, Andrew Wilkinson, Agnes Wszolkowski, Tony Zaza, Sue Zwick

and many other local, national and international artists.

 Sponsors:

               

 
                               
       

Unstrung
Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series 4/24, 2010 6:30 PM
Screening and Panel
New Media Room

Gallery Aferro and the Cape May Film Society are very pleased to present the second event in the new, quarterly Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series.  As part of Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month, Gallery Aferro will be screening Unstrung, a documentary about the life of legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, followed by a panel discussion with subject Pat Martino, director Ian Knox, and specials guests. Vintage images of Mr. Martino by Len DeLessio will be on exhibit.  Mr. DeLessio will be presenting Mr. Martino with a portfolio set of the images.

In 1980 Pat Martino moved his belongings from California to Philadelphia to live with two complete strangers: his parents. As a young jazz guitar virtuoso he had achieved near legendary status during the 60s and 70s, before being diagnosed with a life-threatening brain condition. Surgery had saved his life but wiped his memory. Back in his childhood home, surrounded by the relics of his former life, his father played him his old recordings at full volume and friends rallied to try to coax him back to being the great artist he had been. He could not dispute the evidence; the face in the mirror was the same as the one on the record sleeves but it meant nothing to him.

In the following months. Martino made a remarkable recovery. Through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument. His past recordings eventually became “an old friend, a spiritual experience which remained beautiful and honest.”

Director Ian Knox and Neuropsychologist Paul Broks travel America in search of the soul of the legendary jazz guitar great Pat Martino. Tracing his remarkable return from the depths of amnesia to the peak of artistic achievement, Broks explores the nature of memory, self, creativity and the mysterious brain mechanisms underlying the construction of personal identity. What is the self? How much change can it survive? Today, Martino lives in Philadelphia again and continues to grow as a musician.

Visit the retro concession stand for popcorn, organic, fair-trade hot chocolate and other classics.

Hosted in conjunction with the Cape May Film Festival

We are proud to be part of the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month!


Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series
2/26 and 2/27 2010

Gallery Aferro and the Cape May Film Society are very pleased to present the first two day event in the new Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series.

On February 26th and 27th, all are invited to the New Media Room for critically-acclaimed short and feature length independent films including “The Yes Men Fix the World.” Several of the filmmakers and at least one subject will be present to take questions.

Visit the retro concession stand for popcorn, organic, fair-trade hot chocolate and other classics. Full lineup on films to be posted soon!

Feb 26: 7 PM  Strongman, Zachary Levy, Winner of “Best Feature Documentary” at the  2009 Slamdance Film Festival, Strongman has been described as “strangely beautiful,” by Variety’s John Anderson. The film follows the hopes and dreams of New Jersey’s own “Stanless Steel”–the only man alive who can bend pennies with his fingers–as he tries to gain control of a world that seems constantly beyond his grasp.

Feb 27: 3 PM This one-hour session features the work from the Cape May Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers  programs and other works from emerging filmmaking students including Have You Heard: The Trouble with Gossip, created by Woodbine Elementary School  based on an age-old problem, and Dream Day of the Dead, a zombie film.

4 PM:

Shoebox Redhead (Matthew Lawrence)
For a Few Marbles More (Jelmar Hufen)
Kid (Miguel Alvarez,)
One Soul (Arun Vaidyanathan)
Yanling’s Oranges (Connie Yen)
Girls, Robots and Digital Cameras (Richard Law)
Plane Face (Adam Brown)
Paper Dreams (Mike Marino)

The Yes Men Fix the World, (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno)  A true story about two political activists (Bichlbaum and Bonanno) who pose as top executives of giant corporations. They lie their way into big business conferences, major network news telecasts, and other high profile events to pull off the world’s most outrageous pranks. It opened to a packed house at Sundance, and was the winner at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.

Hosted in conjunction with the Cape May Film Festival

Next program in the series: April 23-24, 2010

Featuring the documentary “Unstrung” on the life of legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino (hosted as part of the Smithsonian Institute’s“Jazz Appreciation Month”


Filthy Lucre Panel Discussion
Saturday November 7, 2009 4PM

What is art without money?

Please join us as we continue to address this question.
Gallery Aferro is hosting a panel discussion as part of Filthy Lucre curated by Nancy Mahl.
Artist Jeanette Louie will moderate. Admission is of course free.

Panelists:

Nancy Mahl – visual artist/curator
Emma Wilcox – cofounder, Gallery Aferro
Robert E. Williams – visual artist
Paul Wirhun – visual artist
Terence Hunt – visual artist
Henry Sanchez – visual artist
Mary Anne Caton – writer
Sally O’Driscoll – writer

Filthy Lucre
Curated by Nancy Mahl of Progressive Culture Works
Main Gallery

Filthy Lucre examines the transformative power of valuation upon art and the people who make it. The artists, performers, and writers participating in the project have investigated the definitions and functions of art as a commodity and queried the practice of artmaking from inside and outside the realm of monetary exchange. The work, from the purely theoretical to the frankly hilarious, is by artists representing a broad spectrum of age, background, education, and commercial success. Particular focus is brought to unsalable art and what becomes of it, the effects of commercial success on artmaking practice, the spiritual function of art, defining the consumer of art, the difference between precious and valuable, the economic element in definitions of high, outsider, and folk art; and the ever-fraught relationship of artist and patron.


In Memorium: Red Sea Fuscus Triggerfish and Yellow Tang 

The deaths of two actors featured in Andrew Demirjian and Zachary Seldess’s Nitrogen Cycles installation have been confirmed. While alive, the two saltwater tropical fish garnered acclaim from the public, as well as a mention in Time Out New York. Send remembrances to ewilcox@aferro.org


2008

 KH Jeron

Will Work for Food in Newark
Bring a can of food to barter with the robots from September 27 – November 22, 2008,
All proceeds to be donated to Newark food banks

“Will Work for Food” is a project by KH Jeron about labour and barter economy. Small robotic vehicles trade their manpower for food. The vehicles can draw and whistle the popular songs “Happy Birthday” and “The Internationale”. People can borrow one of the vehicles and let them work for them. After completing the assignment the vehicles have to be returned or given over to somebody else who needs their skills. Food and beverage offerings can be seen on the artist’s website as they come in.

Interactions with the robots throughout Europe have taken the form of small offerings of packaged sweets, regional specialties, homemade foods, and even full dinners. For the context of the urbanism series, Gallery Aferro and KH Jeron will have the robots perform in the gallery as a food drive to question the collective responsibility of a city’s residents towards each other.

According to Jeron, the “Will Work For Food” happening deals with the desire to find a new definition for labour and the act of working.“Will Work For Food” (WWFF) takes a position towards the question what role labour plays in a time, when full employment becomes an unattainable utopian conception. It deals with a re-assessment of labour” its disjunction from covering the cost-of-living of the individual.They give an occasion and a space for social interaction and discussion. The WWFF vehicles stand for a guaranteed basic income. 


Alone and Together: Tintype Portrait Studio
Gallery Aferro
October 3 + 4th

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Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley is inviting the public to have their portrait taken at Gallery Aferro on October 3 and 4th from 1-7 PM. Sitters can come solo or with a loved one. The sittings are free.

This portrait series is made with the wet plate collodion process, the leading mode of photography in the 1850’s and 1860’s. Tintypes are positive images exposed onto metal. This historic process has a different relationship to time than digital or film photography. The chemistry is hand-mixed and poured onto the plate in front of the sitter. As soon as the exposure is made in the wooden view camera, the plate must be taken to a portable dark box to be developed and fixed. The wet plate collodion image captures a pose held over several seconds or even minutes. This prolonged gaze creates a tension between the sitter and the camera. While a snapshot captures a moment about a 1/1000 of a second long, the tintype process allows for a portrait of a person or a couple to unfold over time; the image produced can then slow down our looking. A viewer sees the hard lines of bone structure, wrinkles and blemishes, but also sees bright, focused eyes staring back intently. This process allows the photographer and the viewer to stare, but it is not entirely voyeuristic, as the sitter stares back. The act of taking someone’s portrait can once again be an event. 


WAX : Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees
Screening July 12, 3 PM
New Media Room

David Blair’s 1991 full-length film WAX : Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees was created over 6 years with 3D military VR footage, live footage shot at actual US nuclear testing facilities and archival materials.

Featuring a cameo by William S. Burroughs, WAX is the first independent feature film to have been edited on a digital non-linear system. It is also the first film (independent or otherwise) to have been re-formatted as hypertext and posted on the Internet. The New York Times recognized the accomplishment, and ran the article “Cult Film is First on the Internet” in its May 23, 1993 business section. The result is an obsessive, artificial history, which has been fastidiously detailed with fragments of real and imagined facts.

The film’s convoluted storyline concerns a beekeeper’s transformation upon discovering that his bees communicate between the living and the dead. The beekeeper protagonist (played by Blair) experiences hallucinations via the bee’s television, and is finally lead by the bees to their subterranean home: an enormous cave below the Alamagordo desert. In the cave it is revealed to him that he must actually become a Desert Storm-era weapon and destroy his “target” in Iraq, before rebirth as a fragmented soul in several bodies, including that of a Middle Eastern woman.

The intricacy and scope of the film allows questions as to the collective and individual value of life to be raised.


Michael Amter: Video Work
Studio 411
June 6, 2008, from 7-10pm

Video work byMichael Amter

Studio 411, 411 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, NJ as part of JC Fridays


Queer Black Cinema 
Gallery Aferro New Media Room
June11
8 PM
Free 


Curated by Angel L. Brown, QBC film programmer.
Screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Charles B. Brack.

Never Forget

Angel L. Brown | USA 2008 | 5 min | World Premiere Special presentation
A tribute to Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old lesbian who was tragically killed in a hate crime, and to all the fallen LGBTQ youth whose lives have been cut short due to homophobia and the lack of respect.

Pariah
Director: Dee Rees| USA 2006 | 28 min.
In this empowering coming-of-age tale, 17-year-old shy, black lesbian goes to great lengths discovering her butch/femme identity while hiding her lesbianism from her parents.

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project 
Charles B. Brack | USA, 2008 | 55 min | Special Pre-Screening
A documentary honoring the life of Sakia Gunn, 
Dreams Deferred investigates the effects of her loss on family, friends, and other LGBT youth of color. 

Curated by Angel L. Brown, QBC film programmer.
Screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Charles B. Brack.

Never Forget

Angel L. Brown | USA 2008 | 5 min | World Premiere Special presentation
A tribute to Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old lesbian who was tragically killed in a hate crime, and to all the fallen LGBTQ youth whose lives have been cut short due to homophobia and the lack of respect.

Pariah
Director: Dee Rees| USA 2006 | 28 min.
In this empowering coming-of-age tale, 17-year-old shy, black lesbian goes to great lengths discovering her butch/femme identity while hiding her lesbianism from her parents.

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project Charles B. Brack | USA, 2008 | 55 min | Special Pre-Screening
A documentary honoring the life of Sakia Gunn, 
Dreams Deferred investigates the effects of her loss on family, friends, and other LGBT youth of color. 


 Roghie Asgari Torvund

Insanity, Victims, and Childhood, in Short
April 18, 7 PM

Gallery Aferro will be curating a night of Red Saw’s Filmideo, an annual event taking place on every Friday in April.

Artists:

JiHyun Ahn, Penelope Cain, Colette Copeland, Bang Geul HanKensuke Koike, Norene Leddy, Agnes Nedregard, Julia Oldham, Matt Ortega, Jean Gabriel Periot, Molly Schwartz, Martin Sulzer, Roghie Asgari Torvund, John Waters, Tamara Yadao


Storefront Films
March 15 + 22, 2008
7- 11 PM

Artists:

Matt Broach, Michelle Levante, Jia-Jen Lin, Siri Ekker Svendsen, Brooke White, Andrew Wilkinson


Flat Black at Aferro
February 29, 7 PM

Rodney Gilbert of Yendor Productions will be performing his one-man show, Flat Black, written by Alysia Souder with poetry based on the autobiographical writings of 
Jerry Gant


2007-6

Justice Outloud

as part of the ACLU’s conference, Race Still Matters

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The Platform Shoes: (a monthlong event)

Fulbright Fellow and Eyebeam artist Norene Leddy will be offering the public the opportunity to try on “hacked” platform heels that feature an embedded LCD screen, GPS transmitters and an audible alarm. As featured in Wired and Make Magazine, their functionality is based on extensive interviews with sex workers, and can be viewed as an extended mediation on pleasure and danger.

The Platforms Store is open: Try on the Platforms sandals Sept. 15, 22, and 29 from 12-6pm. Take them for a spin around the block, and let us know what you think. Demo sandals are available in a variety of sizes up to a women’s 12 / men’s 10. Aphrodite Team members will be on hand to guide you, answer questions and to take custom orders.

To schedule an appointment, call us at (646) 652-7186 or email us at appointments AT theaphroditeproject DOT tv. Walk-ins will be accommodated when possible.

Audible Alarm Demonstration Sept. 29

Sept. 29 at 4pm we will hold a live demonstration to show how you can build your own personal audible alarm system for around $10. Thesystem is easy to assemble and uses parts available from RadioShack. No soldering or special skills are required. In addition to shoes, this alarm can be used in handbags, jackets and other clothing. Email diy-aferro AT theaphroditeproject DOT tv for more info and a parts list.



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Queer Black Cinema
Gallery Aferro New Media Room
June 12
8-10 PM
Free 

Featured Films: 
Keith & Greg 
Directed by Ken Jackson 
Brooklyn Bridge to Jordan 
Directed by Tina Mabry 
Ready, Set Flow 
(Trailer) Directed by AB
and films by Queer Youth Cinema

Civil Unions Fashion
June 13
7 PM

Film Screening & Youth Discussion
Gallery Aferro New Media Room
June 15
4-7 PM
Free

Topic: LGBT Youth & Violence, screening of HIP-HOP: Beyond, Beats & Rhymes A Film By Byron Hurt
Sponsored by True Colors

Topic: LGBT Youth & Violence, screening of HIP-HOP: Beyond, Beats & Rhymes A Film By Byron Hurt
Sponsored by True Colors


Black Rock Events

All Saturday Events Begin @ 1 pm 

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Black Renegade Remix: Spirits and Rebels and Sex

Films:
Afro Punk by James Spooner

66-minute documentary that explores race identity within the punk scene.

Quilombo Country: Afro-Brazilian Villages in the Twenty-First Century with Chuck D by Leonard Abrams

No other film currently in release addresses these communities and illustrates all of these important Afro Brazilian contributions to Brazilian and world culture. It is narrated by Chuck D, the legendary poet, scholar, media commentator and front man of the iconic hip hop band Public Enemy.


Black Power! Black Comics Reception-Panel
Saturday, February 10, 2007


Desert Blooms: Black Women’s Stories of Resistance, Healing and Growth
Saturday, February 17, 2007

Films:
NO! A Rape Documentary by Aishah Shahidah Simmons

NO! is a feature length documentary about rape and healing in African-American communities. ” If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would save itself, it must complete the work this film begins.”  Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author, The Color Purple

Sunshine Boutique by Kagendo Murungi 

Sunshine Boutique, premiered at this screening, is experimental documentary film that celebrates the values of African life and the leadership of African Women of all sexualities around the world.

The film depicts how these artists manage and portray intersections between racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia through their art and activism.


Restless Love…Defending the Beloved Community – Panel
Mr. Devious – My Life by John Fredericks
Saturday, February 24 2004

 Mario ”Mr. Devious” van Rooy, an enigmatic hip-hop mc, is stabbed to death in his neighborhood of Beacon Valley, Mitchell’s Plain, leaving a deafening silence. Filmmaker, John Fredericks struggles to make sense of his close friend’s untimely passing. Honoring a pledge, John comforts Devious’ wife, Natalie, who is left to fend for her three kids. As Devious in his own words, takes us into his life, Natalie and John discover the legacy of a fiery street poet. Natalie takes charge of her life as she boldly picks up the mic & music of her late husband.


Newark Artist’s Collective

On Sunday January 28th Gallery Aferro will host the monthly meeting of the Newark Artist Collective at 1:00 PM on the first floor. Speaker: Noelle Lorraine Williams of Reborn


The 48 Hour Line

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Gallery Aferro has invited artist Ryan Brown to adminster the creation of a “48 Hour Line” from 1/11/07 12:00 PM to 1/13/07 12:00 PM.

For this entire period of 48 hours, Ryan and volunteers will be visible in the front window of the gallery, 73 Market Street Newark NJ.

All are welcome to visit him, at any hour day or night. ”48 Hour Line” will involve continuously moving a pencil over thewalls of the gallery’s front platform without stopping or lifting the pencil for forty-eight hours. The line will be made using large graphite sticks.

In order to facilitate the transfer of the pencil between participants, it will be necessary for both people to handle the pencil simultaneously after which the passer will slowly removes his or her hand.

It will be necessary to arrange a group of participants who will share the responsibility of keeping the project moving. You may draw for aminute, or hours as you wish.

During the entire performance, which will begin 12:00pm Thursday January 11 and will conclude 12:00pm Saturday January 13, there will be an open call for volunteers who would like to contribute.

This opportunity will serve as a means to establish a community of individuals who are intent on accomplishing a common goal.

Due to the extended hours of the performance those who wish to sleep over must provide their own accommodations including sleeping mats,
pillow, blanket etc., as well as the necessary food rations.


Film Night


Storefront Films

Storefront Films

Storefront Films is a project instigated by Evonne M. Davis taking place in multiple locations: gallery venues donated or underutilized spaces, and vacant lots. Moving imagery in all genres, from around the world, is screened from dusk till late, offering an alternative to the glut of commercial imagery pedestrians are exposed to daily. The transient nature of the screenings makes them highly democratic, as viewers can decide how to interact with the temporary environment.

So far, viewers have used their cars as viewing booths after slamming on the brakes, ordered takeout, brought chairs from home, called up friends, offered critiques, and generally made the project their own.

We would like to thank Vikki Michalios of Studio 411 for her support of this project.


Studio 411
June 6, 2008, from 7-10pm
Video work by 
Michael Amter

Studio 411, 411 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, NJ as part of JC Fridays


Studio 411
March 7, 2008, from 7-10pm

Work by Andrew Demirjian of Palisades Park, NJ and Anne Schiffer of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Studio 411, 411 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, NJ as part of JC Fridays