Aljira at the State Museum

Aljira at 30, Dream and Reality

Aljira at 30, Dream and Reality, a retrospective exhibition celebrating Aljira’s 30th Anniversary, opened at the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton on March 29 with a reception on Sunday, March 30. The exhibition runs through September 28.

A lively, historical overview, with many archival images showing Aljira’s journey: from the early days when a group of artists answered an ad for studio space in the Roseville section of Newark to its current home at 591 Broad Street. Aljira at 30 includes work by a representative group of artists from the hundreds who have touched down and passed through and made Aljira the vital, far-reaching enterprise that it has become.

Featured artists include: Manuel Acevedo, Derrick Adams, David Ambrose, Amiri Baraka, Hugo Bastidas, Miriam Beerman, Frank Bowling, Judith Brodsky, Willie Cole, Cicely Cottingham, Roy Crosse, Victor Davson*, Efrain de Jesus, Dahlia Elsayed, Ming Fay, Chitra Ganesh, Jerry Gant, Grace Graupe Pillard, Renee Green, Carl E. Hazlewood*, Marion Held, Janet Henry, Aubrey J. Kauffman, Jayson Keeling, Estella Lackey, Mel Leipzig, Shaun Leonardo, Norman Lewis, James Little, Hew Locke, Donald Locke, Al Loving, Franc Palaia, Dulce Pinzón, Freddy Rodriguez, Kevin Sampson, Rafael Sánchez*, Elizabeth Seaton*, Fausto Sevila*, Danny Simmons, Helen M. Stummer, Mickalene Thomas, Mary Valverde, Bisa Washinghton, Florence Weisz*, Philemona Williamson, Chuck Schultz and Esther Podemski. [*Founding Artists]

Chief Curator for the exhibition is Margaret O’Reilly, Curator of Fine Art, New Jersey State Museum. Co-curators are Carl E. Hazlewood, artist, writer, independent curator and co-founder of Aljira; Jaret Vadera, Artist | Cultural Producer; and Cicely Cottingham, Artist and Co-Founder, Aljira Design.

Aljira at 30, Dream and Reality is supported by the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum.

The exhibition will be on view from March 29 through September 28, 2014.

We are counting on you to celebrate this momentous milestone with us.

Image (right):

From Rafael Sanchez’ Look Don’t Touch, 1985
Aljira’s first solo exhibition
(Installation between outside windows of Aljira’s third floor space at 7th and Orange Streets, Newark)

Photo: Carl E. Hazlewood

Aljira at 30