THERE TO HERE, 7/10/14 - 8/17/14
ARTIST RECEPTION, Sunday, 7/13/14, 3-6pm
Our next show, THERE TO HERE: Nine Artists' Personal, Cultural Odysseys, 7/10/14 - 8/17/14, curated by Anne Trauben, will feature nine artists in 8 of our exhibition rooms: Aliza Augustine, Monica S. Camin, Gerardo Castro, Taiwo DuVall, Roshanak Elmendorf, Kyung Jeon, Ibou Ndoye, Leona Strassberg Steiner and Loura van der Meule, who draw inspiration from their personal cultural history to create narrative paintings, drawings, photographs and videos that tell their stories.
All the artists in the exhibition currently live in, or have a connection to Jersey City, or elsewhere in the state of New Jersey, and most are first generation American. Sharing stories of gender, race and the Holocaust, being a German Jew in Latin America, Afro-Cuban magic and folklore, Africa, the Caribbean and Harlem, female identity in Iran, female stereotypes of Korean and Japan, West-African family life, female identity in Israel-Palestine, and traditional costume of Zeeland, an island region in The Netherlands, each artist has a unique eloquence and ability to convey what they and their families have lived, through their art.
We have reserved our 9th room for a Community Cultural History exhibit where these artists, as well as other people from the area, will share photos, documents and written narratives that tell the stories of their own families and where they come from. This exhibit will develop over the duration of the show with the intention of covering the walls of this room with a celebration of the diversity of our community.
THERE TO HERE: Nine Artists' Personal, Cultural Odysseys will run from 7/10/14 - 8/17/14. Artist Reception will be on Sunday, 7/13/14 from 3-6pm and an Artist Talk, on Sunday, 8/3/14, 3-6pm. At both events we will have drumming by two of the artists in the show, Ibou Ndoye and Taiwo DuVall. Taiwo Duvall is a prominent figure in the history of African and Afro-Cuban drumming in the US, collaborating with an impressive roster of musicians including The Grateful Dead, Santana and John Lee Hooker, and John Coltrane. Mark your calendars!
Victory Hall DRAWING ROOMS is a contemporary arts center for drawing, painting, 3-dimensional works and print by emerging and mid-career artists in a former convent building in Downtown Jersey City. With 10 rooms for individual artist or group exhibitions and the TENTH ROOM GALLERY SHOP, we are dedicated to providing a space where the arts communities and the public can gather, interact and enjoy new artistic experiences. Our innovative and exciting exhibitions, public programs and publications enrich the lives of our community through an appreciation of and involvement with contemporary art.
DRAWING ROOMS is operated by Victory Hall Inc. a 501c3 non-profit organization producing exhibitions, programs and public art projects in the NJ/NY area since 2001. Other projects include RAINBOW THURSDAYS* art classes for developmentally disabled adults, THIRD FLOOR ARTIST WORK SPACES, VICTORY HALL PRESS, and exhibition development for SHUSTER'S ART PROJECT* at Art House, The Oakman, Hamilton House and Gallery at 109 Columbus.
James Pustorino, Director
Anne Trauben, Curator / Exhibitions Director