Aljira at 30, Dream and Reality

March 29 – September 28, 2014

Aljira at 30, Dream and Reality  is a retrospective exhibition celebrating Aljira’s 30th Anniversary, now on view at the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, co-curated by Margaret O-Reilly and Carl E. Hazlewood.

Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, was established in 1984, when a core group of artists came together in search of affordable work space in Newark. Aljira offers vital career development and exhibition opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists; provides transformative experiences for Newark-area teens; and has helped to position Newark as a significant cultural destination.

The exhibition examines the important role that Aljira has played, and continues to play, in the contemporary arts in the state and region. The exhibition includes works from Aljira’s own rich and diverse collection, as well as works borrowed from artists who have exhibited or studied at Aljira. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs.

Read a New York Times review of Aljira at 30, Dream and Reality here.