PROGRAMS

Public Programs
Exhibition Program
Aljira Emerge
emergeNEXT
Bending the Grid
Culture Creators

Public Programs


The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company returns to Aljira at Night 2016!
Free and Open to the Public

Friday, December 7, 2016 at 6:00pm
Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art
591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ

Space Limited. Please RSVP to 973-622-1600.

Join the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for Aljira at Night in Newark’s most exciting space, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, for a new and unexpected experience, where choreography is created in response to Aljira’s current exhibit—Zachary Fabri: From the Wolf to the Fox.

In Aljira’s gallery setting, Choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and the dancers will navigating, reacting and dancing with the art objects in the gallery and they will be showing fresh choreography for her new production A Quest for Freedom featuring the sound of David Bowie’s Space Oddity arranged for classical instruments performed by the Ahn Trio. For one night only, come experience the creative process in this unique and intimate setting and witness how this ground-breaking choreographer creates new work for a gallery at night.

About the Exhibit
Zachary Fabri’s artistic practice seeks to create a space for discourse around social and political systems of oppression through artworks that manifest in a range of mediums, including drawing, performance, photography, sculpture, and video. Continually investigating the movement and politics of the body, Fabri’s work incites viewers to locate themselves as “insider” or “outsider.” Fabri often meditates on the memory and weight of history; the ideologies and beliefs that define us. His works offer reminders of the ideas that shape identity – exploring its limits and possible transformations. More Info

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Talking: From The Wolf to The Fox
Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, December 10, 2016
3pm Reception
4pm Panel Discussion
6pm Cocktail Party

Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art
591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ

Please join us at Aljira on Saturday December 10 for a panel discussion in honor of Zachary Fabri’s exhibition, From the Wolf to the Fox. The panel will include several artists whose work inspires meaningful dialog around critically important issues including social justice, policing, gentrification and democracy. After the talk there will be a cocktail party and the opportunity to meet the participating artists.

The panel will be moderated by Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Rujeko Hockley.

Participating Artists

Zachary Fabri (pictured above)

Dread Scott

Mildred Beltre

Oasa Sun DuVerney

Nyugen Smith

Jasmine Wahi

This program is in conjunction with Zachary Fabri: From the Wolf to the Fox
on view at Aljira through January 15, 2017. Free and open to the public.

Photo credit: Argenis Apolinario

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Exhibition Program

At Aljira’s core is the exhibition of the work of emerging and under-represented artists. This includes the promotion of art perceived as problematic by mainstream institutions.

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Aljira Emerge

Aljira Emerge is a strategic career management and exhibition program for emerging artists. Under the tutelage of experienced artists and professional coaches, Emerge artists learn how to manage their careers as arts professionals and develop a personal strategic plan. The program is designed to provide emerging artists with the resources to overcome obstacles, focus on goals, and move forward in their creative careers. Aljira Emerge attempts to address practical areas of concern to artists, such as curatorial practice, legal and financial issues, gallery representation, exhibition and public art opportunities, and marketing. The program culminates with a group exhibition and fully illustrated catalog.

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emergeNEXT

EmergeNEXT is an initiative to continue engaging with Emerge (link to Emerge page) fellows by offering advanced professional development opportunities, continued career guidance and solo project space to Emerge fellows further along in their careers. The EmergeNEXT exhibition opportunity is conceptualized as a project room without a formal curatorial role and serves to recognize and showcase the progress and development of Emerge fellows as artists.

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Bending the Grid

Inaugurated in 2003, Bending the Grid is a series of exhibitions committed to the work of artists of diverse backgrounds over the age of 60, with successful careers spanning several decades, who somehow continue to be underacknowledged. Although the work of the featured artists often is grounded in formal concerns, the series focuses on the way each individual artist subverts or adapts these traditions to his or her own purpose.

The artists included in the Bending the Grid series to date are Frank Bowling, Judith K. Brodsky, Donald Locke, Miriam Beerman and Helen M. Stummer.

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Culture Creators

Culture Creators is an innovative program that provides an opportunity for teens to build literacy, analytical and interpersonal skills while gaining a firsthand perspective on what it means to have a career as an artist or curator. Through the years, hundreds of teens from Newark and neighboring communities have come to Aljira to learn, in art-making Culture Creators workshops and meetings with artists, curators and educators, gaining invaluable analytical and communication skills that have helped to reinforce their classroom education.

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