PROGRAMS

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

Public Programs


SPECIAL EVENT
Un | Fixed: A Dinner Party
Saturday Evening | September 24, 2016
Cocktails 6pm | Dinner 7pm

Join us at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art for a private dinner party to celebrate “Un | Fixed Homeland,” which features 13 emerging and established global artists of Guyanese heritage who examine the complex relationship to “homeland” through photography and photography-based art. In this intimate event, guests dine in the gallery among the exhibition’s artwork and enjoy both traditional and nouveau Guyanese cuisine, especially prepared by Guyanese-born chef Marilyn Lawrie-Rogers, to complement the exhibition’s vibrant themes.

Ticket includes:

  • Traditional rum cocktails to kick off the evening
  • 7 dishes, served family style, curated by Chef Marilyn Lawrie-Rogers of Sisters Caribbean Cuisine in Harlem
  • Wine pairings
  • Meet and greet with the artists and curator Grace Aneiza Ali

 
Save the Date. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased now on EventBrite.

Image caption:
Frank Bowling
Mother’s House with Beware of the Dog, 1966
Acrylic on canvas
55 1/2 x 47 1/2 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Hales London New York

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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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