Plus the Album of the Week, Drew Toonz comic and the Noyes Museum's Sculpture exhibit.
‘Claiming Citizenship’ Exhibit at Stockton Through Feb. 28
In conjunction with February being Black History Month, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is hosting an inspiring photography exhibit called Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography now through Feb. 28, on the first floor of the college library (E-Wing of the main campus). Claiming Citizenship is a traveling photographic exhibit created by historian and independent curator Rickie Solinger. The exhibit portrays African Americans utilizing economic, cultural and recreational opportunities created by President Theodore Roosevelt’s “New Deal” legislation — programs like work relief and job training, literacy and educational advancement, health care, political organizing, the arts, and housing — to claim their status as dignified persons and citizens, and in some respects laying foundations for the Civil Rights Movement. The selection of 1930s era photographs depict the evolving role of African Americans in Depression-era America, and additional display cases highlight how other minorities experienced American life in the Great Depression of the 1930s, among them Hispanics, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, and women. The exhibit is made possible by grants from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. It is free and open to the public. — Ray Schweibert
‘Of Myths, Metal and Mortar’
Oceanville’s Noyes Museum of Art is currently running an exhibit of sculpture by two world-reknowned regional artists: Katherine Stanek and Julia Levitina: Of Myths, Metal and Mortar, which kicked off Jan. 13 and runs through April 22. While Levitina, born in Odessa, Ukraine and now living in Philadelphia, sculpts figures and animals in terracotta and bronze, Stanek’s work is a bit more unusual, utilizing an innovative use of materials, including various cements, aggregates and pigments that she has developed herself. As a Noyes press release states: “In her unique process [Stanek] uses destruction as a vehicle for creation.” Stanek, who has been recognized in the magazine of the National Sculpture Society for her work, and Levitina, both sculpt, cast and finish their own work, giving a personal touch to each piece. Together the pair has exhibited their works around the world, from Turkey to the Ukraine, and Paris. An opening reception at the Noyes with the artists in attendance is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3, from 5-8pm. For more information visit noyesmuseum.org. A visit to Stanek’s Web site shows off her intense work in photos and video. She will appear at the Noyes again on March 1, to discuss her work process in an open-to-the-public event called “Living Materials; More Than a Medium.” — JS
Bombay Bicycle Club
‘A Different Kind of Fix” (A&M/Octone)
Although North London band Bombay Bicycle Club’s latest album was just released in the U.S., it’s been included on many Best of 2011 year-end lists, since the melodic, adventurous and guitar-driven album was released in the U.K. in September 2011. The quartet’s fourth proper album is a bit more dance oriented than BBC’s prior albums, leaving most of the acoustic ambiance from its prior album Flaws (2010) in favor of a sort of new millennium montage of prog-rock, chamber rock, freak folk and melody-driven indie rock. Fans of bands such as Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective, Radiohead and even Sigur Ros should dig the vibes here. Electronic music fans should also dig A Different Kind of Fix. — Jeff Schwachter
The South Jersey Cancer Fund will be raising money for cancer patients and providing an evening of art, music, and food all as part of their Spring for Hope event at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College on Sunday, April 1 from 5-8pm.
Mrs. Elaine Milan is the perfect match for her husband, clearly intelligent, thoughtful and attractive. She had already graduated from Hampton University when she arrived in A.C. in 1964 to work at Indiana Avenue School, and later, she earned her master’s degree at Glassboro.
"I think that the casino [environment] is an art unto itself, with the lights and the movement, the energy. I think that affects my art, [similar to] the way cities influenced jazz. I think that compression — the mesh of people — that sort of thing brings out art within you."
One may wonder at the neighbor who spends all night working out of a 16-foot box truck. But that’s exactly what local sculptor and mixed-media artist Lennox Warner has had to do at times, in order to complete his work. ...
The CRDA last month authorized $70,000 for an initial study to create a “neighborhood strategy area” — designed to outline a plan to transform Atlantic City neighborhoods into an arts district and others into medical and education districts. The CRDA could begin land acquisition in the area as early as February....
Each year graduating seniors with a curriculum in visual arts and illustration at Richard Stockton College are given the opportunity to display their work in a public forum. The 2010 exhibition will take place in two parts — Monday through Thursday, April 19-22 and April 26-29 — at the college’s art gallery in Pomona. An opening ceremony for the first exhibition will be Monday, April 19, from 5-7pm, and the second opening ceremony will be Monday, April 26, from 5-7pm.
Three new exhibits have just opened at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville (see listing at left). Richmond Garrick's portraits were inspired by his daughter's homework project on African-American heritage...