PROGRAMS

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

Public Programs

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 2–4pm:
Leonardo Benzant in Conversation with Dexter Wimberly

Visiting Curator Dexter Wimberly will discuss Leonardo Benzant’s artistic practice and visual references in his work inspired by power-objects and his connection to the trans African-Atlantic diaspora.

“Volleying between the sacred and the secular, Leonardo Benzant mines a deep well of personal experiences and international artistic vocabularies. His tactile sculptural works are masterfully constructed and vibrate with sensual energy, while his paintings and drawings are fluid and intuitive with an indiscernible quality that begs the question of their origin. Is this African, South American, Caribbean, or Native American? – it is simultaneously none, yet influenced by all,” states Visiting Curator, Dexter Wimberly.

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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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