FOR THE ‘GRAM: YOUR 9 MUST-DO NEWARK ARTS FESTIVAL SNAPS
Published September 25, 2018 | Promoted by
Newark Arts Festival kicks off its 17th annual event on Thursday, October 4th and runs through Sunday, October 7th. The festival will feature dozens of events, hundreds of artists and thousands of attendees. Read on for a list of ten places and exhibits you should put on your hit list to create the best tableau of Newark Arts Festival photos and experiences. But there is much more than this to explore: visit Newark Arts’ website for afull list of exhibits.
Sunday with Ne-Ne’: Up Close & Personal with Genesis Tramaine
Express Newark, Artist Studio 417
54 Halsey Street, 2nd Floor
Sunday, October 7th, 1PM – 5PM
Brooklyn-bred artist Genesis Tremaine invites you to pay a visit and stay awhile for Sunday With Ne-Ne at Express Newark, where she is currently artist-in-residence. Visit Tremaine’s exhibit to contemplate her work, which “embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.” Then consider striking up a conversation with the artist herself about her art: maybe she’ll even grant you a selfie!
HYCIDE IN FLUX Suite 240, 625 Broad Street Thursday, October 4th, 8PM – 11PM
This co-working community launched in the Hahne’s building earlier this year. Make sure to stop inside Launch Pad during the art festival to see the return of Akintola Hanif at his exhibit, HYCIDE IN FLUX, and don’t forget to to grab a shot of yourself flanked by Launch Pad’s already iconic angel wings. Hycide baby.
Off the Hanger
Closet Confessionals 12 Linden Street Saturday October, 6th, 11AM – 6PM
There is lots of photo inspo in this chic downtown boutique. Oversized hangers and other fashionable trappings offer excellent choices for your boldest poses. For an extra bit of fun, why not get some styling tips from the Off the Hanger crew and take photos in your new look? Make sure to check out Closet Confessionals, an innovative exhibit that will take you inside individuals’ closets through photos and documentary video–it was curated and shot by Off the Hanger/A Necessary Style’s very own power couple, Lynette LaShawn and Anita Dickens.
City Without Walls
Rare & Unseen Moments of 90s Hip Hop 6 Crawford Street Saturday, October 6th, 7:30PM – 11PM: Opening Reception
There’s still time to experience City Without Walls gallery. At last year’s festival, it was the site of an already-historic exhibit featuring works inspired by Ntozake Shange’s celebrated choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. This year, take in images from the Golden Era of hip-hop at photographer T. Eric Monroe’s exhibit, Rare & Unseen Moments of 90s Hip Hop, curated by Malik Whitaker. It should be a wonder-inspiring experience–and a great moment to get reaction shots of your fellow attendees.
Ballantine House, Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
What’s this? Just my plush 19th century Newark mansion. Ballantine House at the Newark museum is the perfect place for a gilded photo shoot in one of Newark’s treasure troves of architecture and design. And it’s an excellent place for #squadgoal photos. The Museum will be offering free admission all weekend. They’ll also host a voter registration drive and a selfie station, so hit the station for some fun photos and spread voter registration images far and wide. Elections matter. #aceyourmidterms #november6th
42 William Street in Teacher’s Village
Saturday, October 6th, 6PM – 9PM
Art. Music. Fashion. The three pillars merge at FEMN3D, which will unfold in Teacher’s Village, at 42 William Street. Celebrate women creatives and capture the images that capture your imagination. This exhibit focuses on the experiential, so video might be the best way to document FEMN3D in all of its fullness for the ‘Gram.
Elevator Music 5: Mun Lun Kir Sa
72 Market Street
Who doesn’t love a classic phone booth selfie? Head over to Gallery Aferro to take your booth game to the next level. The gallery will host an exhibit, Elevator Music 5: Mun Lun Kir Sa, curated by Juno Zago. The exhibit includes two sound installations–modded vintage payphone and a vintage elevator–which will offer a unique setting for an experience-based exhibit and a great backdrop for a selfie.
Paul Robeson Galleries
Mirror Mirror 54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor
Artist Talk: Friday, October 5th, 12:30PM – 2PM
Let’s see your best classic portrait-style pose. Stop by the Paul Robeson Galleries in the Hahne’s Building for an exhibit that explores the relationship between “identity, cultural norms and representation.” Check out the talk with Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes as she unpacks the layered themes in her work.
Art and Prozac
571 Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Opening Night: Thursday, October 4th: 5PM – 10PM
Oddities and curiosities will abound at Art and Prozac, an “engaging artistic madhouse” that will sport the work of local artists including Steve Kelly, Joey Palestina, Sean Coates, Gregory Gramm, Ugly, Nick Gaeta, Goodfood, Smock, Brain Orchestra and more. Head to 571 Broad Street for the art. Stay to fill your Instagram grid with off-the-wall snaps.
NewarkArts’ mission is to power the arts to transform the lives of those who work, live and play in the great city of Newark, New Jersey. Established in 1981, NewarkArts advances and expands the resources and offerings of arts and cultural organizations in the great city of Newark, New Jersey. Newark Arts provides leadership, direction, and technical assistance through partnerships with artists, arts administrators, community organizations, community development corporations, planning groups, economic development agencies, and government agencies as well as the general public. For more information, visit www.newarkarts.org.
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