Expanding Africa at the Newark Museum:
New Visions, New Galleries
Contemporary African-American Art
Dynamic Earth: Revealing Nature's Secrets Lifestyle
Generation Fit: Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle
Tibet Collection Exhibitions Tibet Collection Exhibitions
Chapel of the Masters
Chapel of Fierce Protectors
From the Sacred Realm: Paradises and Purelands
ABC's of Iconography:
the Body, Speech and Mind of Buddhist Art
The Glitter and The Gold:
Jewelry From the Newark Museum
Red Luster: Lacquer & Leatherworks of Asia
Present Tense: Arts of Contemporary Africa
Modern Metal: Early 20th-Century American Sculpture
The reinstalled permanent gallery, Arts of Africa, brings together extraordinary works of art from different African cultures and regions in a thematic display. The installation explores the human form in art, dress and adornment, masquerade and performance, the aesthetics of utilitarian objects, emblems of rank and status, and art and spirituality. Among the highlights are a 17th century Ethiopian icon painting, a Dinka man's beadwork corset from Sudan and a contemporary Ghanaian "fantasy coffin" in the form of an eagle. Complementing the gallery are selected works of contemporary art, including a shimmering metal "wall cloth" by the internationally celebrated artist El Anatsui.
Artists and Nature: Contemporary American Art
American artists have been inspired by nature since the time of the Hudson River School painters of the mid-nineteenth century, and before that, the art of Native Americans was inspired by their connections to the natural world. Today, many artists still create paintings, drawings and sculptural objects that explore our ever-changing relationship to the natural world around us. Many contemporary artists use select elements or references from nature to create art that is more abstract and suggestive, rather than simply creating realistic scenes or landscapes. Featured contemporary artists in Artists and Nature include Maria Magdelena Campos-Pons, Norman Bluhm, Alexis Rockman and Kiki Smith, among others.
The works of art in this gallery provide a glimpse into the rich artistic legacy of five major world religions viewed through the cultural lens of Southeast Asia. Indigenous forms of nature and ancestor worship as well as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity have all had dramatic and lasting effects on the diverse peoples of Southeast Asia. Separately, each grouping provides concise counterpoints of individual religious traditions while together they underscore the art of life in the land below the winds.
The works in this and neighboring galleries showcase selected deities from the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions that were crafted from stone, metal, ivory and paint between the seventh and seventeenth centuries. Viewing the artistic similarities and decoding the shared visual language of these works of art provides insight into the mutual experience of the cultural life south of the great chain of the Himalayan Mountains.
Celebrate some of the hallowed figures of South Asian religious traditions through viewing their likenesses in stone and metal sculpture and colorful album paintings. From the elephant-headed Ganesh to various Avatars of Vishnu, to the beloved monkey-god Hanuman and the awe-inspiring Goddess Durga as well as portraits of serene Jain Tirthankara, this installation honors and illustrates the diversity of India's religious arts from North and South and even to neighboring Southeast Asia.
Six sculptures from the American Art department have been reinstalled in the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden along with Toll Booth Collector, by George Segal, which has been on permanent display in the garden since its creation in 1980. The sculptures are arranged along the outside of the garden’s main walkway. The Segal and Robert Lawrance Lobe’s Harmony Ridge 27 greet visitors as they enter the garden. In the garden’s rear is a display of three of the Museum’s large scale minimalist sculptures by Tony Smith, David Smith and Richard Stankiewicz. Continuing along the walkway are Joel Perlman’s Hurricane and James Rosati’s Pennine III, which are displayed against the outer wall of the Museum’s north wing. This arrangement encourages visitors to take a “tour” around the garden to experience each piece and read the accompanying descriptive text.
Learn how to locate and prevent fire dangers. Witness "Survival Stories," participate in a mock fire drill, try on firefighting clothing and much more. This exhibit, located within the Newark Fire Museum, also includes a real fire truck from the Newark Fire Department.
A Cry of Fire: The New Jersey Fire StoryA Cry of Fire: The New Jersey Fire Story Located within the Newark Fire Museum, this exhibition traces the history of fire fighting from the profession's early roots in the 1700s to the innovations of today, with a special focus on fire prevention. The exhibition also pays homage to fire fighters who have lost their lives on duty and to all who served yesterday and today to protect us. click here
Learn about the impact of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, investigate 65-million-year-old fossils found locally, and more.
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