Exhibitions

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Newark Jazz People: The Photographs of Bill May

February 6 – April 10, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6-8pm
Music by Carrie Jackson & Her Jazzin’ All-Stars

The Newark Jazz People exhibit marks the launch of Barbara Kukla’s new book America’s Music: Jazz in Newark—a Comprehensive History of an American City. One of the events heralding Aljira’s 30th anniversary, it is one of many collaborations involving the author and jazz photographer Bill May over the course of the past twenty years.

A seminal figure on Newark’s jazz scene since his youth, May began playing jazz bass at Newark’s South Side High School, served as music director at Neil’s New Yorker theater club and taught music in Newark Public Schools, where he eventually became the district’s director of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. As a Newark musician and longtime observer of the jazz scene worldwide, May’s images capture the essence of the famous and not-so-famous jazz artists who contributed to the city’s rich jazz history.

Author Barbara J. Kukla is a former editor at the Star-Ledger. America’s Music: Jazz in Newark is her fifth book about the people of New Jersey’s largest city. The book traces Newark’s rich jazz history from the 1920s on, focusing on the lives and careers of jazz immortals Sarah Vaughan, James Moody, Wayne Shorter and Woody Shaw as well as the singers and musicians who made Newark a jazz epicenter through the years.

Public Program

Book Signing with Author Barbara J. Kukla
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6pm–8pm

Meet author Barbara J. Kukla (Swing City: Newark Nightlife, 1925-50) as she signs copies of her new book, America’s Music: Jazz in Newark—a Comprehensive History of an American City.

Calvin Hughes by Bill May

Exhibitions

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Bending the Grid: Luis Cruz Azaceta:
Dictators, Terrorism, War and Exiles

January 23 – May 3, 2014

Guest Curator: Alejandro Anreus, PhD.

Opening Reception, Gallery Walk and Catalog Signing: January 23, 2014, 6–9 pm

Bending the Grid: Luis Cruz Azaceta: Dictators, Terrorism, War and Exiles represents Cruz Azaceta’s commitment to bearing witness to the political crisis of humanity. His work reflects how he identifies with isolation and oppression and speaks to both the horror and determination that is a part of the journey towards survival and freedom.

Aljira’s Bending the Grid is a series which celebrates the careers of outstanding artists chosen among accomplished yet under-recognized national and international practitioners over the age of 65.

This exhibition will be on view through April 26. A fully-illustrated exhibition catalog will also be available for purchase online at www.aljira.org/shopaljira in January.

Public Programs

Gallery Walk and Catalog Signing
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6pm–9pm

Join us for a reception with Luis Cruz Azaceta and curator Alejandro Anreus, PhD, for a tour of our Bending the Grid exhibition and a signing of the accompanying catalog.

Film Screening: El Supér
March 8, 2014, 1:30–3:30pm

Join us for a screening of this classic 1979 film about working class Cuban exiles in New York City.

Discussion with playwright and screenwriter Ivan Acosta and curator Dr. Alejandro Anreus.

Exhibition Closing Reception and Poetry Reading
April 25, 2014, 6–8:30pm

Join us for the closing reception of Bending the Grid: Luis Cruz Azaceta: Dictators, Terrorism, War and Exiles, with readings by poets and writers, curated by Jim Haba.

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