art event in Newark! Color Polemics: Unpacking the Movement Towards Racial Equality and Identity in America

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I just received an email about this very interesting art exhibit at the newly opening Gateway Studios!  Text below.

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Please join us for the opening of the expanded Gateway Project and first exhibition
Color Polemics: Unpacking the Movement Towards Racial Equality and Identity in America.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
5:00 – 9:00 PM

Ribbon Cutting | 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Exhibition Reception | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar by ALVA
2 Gateway Center, Newark NJ 07102
RSVP at RSVP@gatewayprojectspaces.com

After Party at SKYLAB at Hotel Indigo | 9:00 – 11:00 PM
Co – Hosted by The Newark Times, The Suite Life
810 Broad St, Newark, NJ 07102

PLAY, THEN STAY in NEWARK for the night. 
Discounted rooms for THE GATEWAY PROJECT guests at Hotel Indigo. Call 877-395-5766, Code EPO or click here: http://bit.ly/1CXbNn4

ABOUT THE GALLERY EXHIBITION
Participating Artists: 
Color Polemics features some of the greatest cultural practitioners in American art. Participating artists for the exhibition are: Ayad Alkadhi, Chiraag Bhakta (*Pardon My Hindi), David Antonio Cruz, Derrick Adams, Hank Willis Thomas, Himanshu Suri, JC Lenochan, Kameelah Rasheed, Kara Walker, Laura Kina, Lunar New Year, Nick Kline, Nina Chanel Abney, Nyugen Smith, Richard Barnes, Tomie Arai, Travis Somerville.
Color Polemics: Unpacking the Movement Towards Racial Equality and Identity in America is an exhibition inspired by two important works from American art history: Norman Rockwell’s commemorative painting of Ruby Bridges, The Problem We All Live With (1964), and Jacob Lawrence’s The Great Migration series (1940-1941), which is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art. Dating two periods in both the pre and post period of racial desegregation, these works illustrate a shift in American race relations and set the stage for a larger progressive commentary on the subject.

Color Polemics deals with similar issues of socio-cultural integration within today’s society across the United States. Works in the exhibition examine both the fricticious discord and harmonious outcomes of racial politics in the United States. Too often exhibitions that address issues of racial politics focus on the negativity fallouts of the issue; this exhibition, by contrast, takes a nonpartisan stance and tries to examine all aspects of the issue.

ABOUT THE CONCOURSE EXHIBITION
Participating Artists: Anna Kell, David D. Oquendo, Christine Soccio, Lizzy Storm, Geoffrey Owen Miller, Ming-Jer Kuo, and Yeol Jung.

You Are Now Here is a public art exhibition that calls for artists to produce work based on their interactions with a city’s current character and culture. The work prompts artists to publically actualize dialogue on the city amongst the diverse constituents that travel the concourse. By orchestrating a hypothetical global roundtable, the 30,000 people that walk through the concourse each day are asked to consider “Now” and “Here” while making their way through the mile long exhibition. The world created by You Are Now Here, presents a variety of issues and questions from different perspectives. It’s purpose is to embrace the diversity of topics and perspectival interpretations that make the city of Newark so unique. Consequently, this show, which is a public art exhibition, is meant to embrace and explore the idea of publicness in all of it’s forms.

ABOUT THE EXPANDED GATEWAY PROJECT
The Gateway Studios and Gallery is a physical hub for multidisciplinary arts. The three level facility is split between a highly competitive and curated residency program, a project based gallery under the auspices of a 501c3 model, and rentable artist studio and work spaces.The gallery will have a roster of rotating exhibitions, programs and partnerships that offer an engaging and fruitful experience for all tenants. The gallery will also house exhibitions by the Gateway Residency Program, which fosters mid-career to established artists whose practices involve aspects of social engagement. The Gateway Project is the brainchild of Rebecca Jampol (Solo(s) Project House, NJ) and Jasmine Wahi (Project For Empty Space, NY). These two organizations work in tandem to bring together programs and facilities in Gateway II, Newark, NJ.

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