Trenton’s fall art season has arrived and is filling galleries and museums with visual works by artists ranging from the international influential to the lovers of local color. Either way, it is a treat for city eyes. So let’s take a look at what’s happening.
The Trenton art center’s new season is highlighting a major American artist with a prominent Trenton presence. That would be pioneering video artist Nam June Paik, the creator of the monumental video and neon sculptural installation in the lobby of the former New Jersey Network building at Front and Stockton streets.
Artworks has been partnering with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to reactivate Paik’s 1992 masterwork, “PBS: 1967-2000,” and bringing attention to the artist and his work through the exhibition opening with a reception on Saturday, September 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. and continuing through October 19.
Also opening on September 14 is the group exhibition “Love of God,” curated and including work by regional multimedia artist Jeffrey Cobbold along with sculptures by Jessica Brown-White, film by Devonte Roach, and drawings by Marina de Bernado Sanchis.
Cobbold says the “works create multiple entry points for one to consider the character of love, God, and the intersections of both in our ever-changing world. This exhibition is in conjunction with the history of the Love of God Retreat Program of Lawrenceville.”
Other exhibitions include the annual Art All Day group exhibition, November 2 through December 2, featuring works by artists participating in the city-wide day of open studios and galleries (set for Saturday, November 2) and an exhibition of photographic works by Trenton artist Habiyb Shu’Aib Opening reception: November 2, 6 to 9 p.m.
Then look for the annual Red Dot 10×10 Fundraising Exhibition, where regional artists partner with Artworks to sell 10-inch-by-10-inch works to benefit Artworks, supports artists, and build collections. It opens with a reception on Saturday, December 7, 6 to 9 p.m., and is on view through January 4.
Artworks Trenton, 19 Everett Alley. 609-394-9436.
The BSB Gallery that opened last year in the former Broad Street Bank building is stepping forward this fall with a variety of exhibitions, projects, and opportunities.
The first exhibition of the season is Nestor Armando Gil’s “Re:Partir.” An American artist of Cuban ancestry, born in Florida and now a resident of Easton, Pennsylvania, Gil works in media ranging from sculpture, performance art, and baking. The exhibition formerly opens on Saturday, September 7, and is on view through October 5.
Also on the schedule is “Road Maps: Navigating Moments,” two solo exhibitions featuring the paintings and mixed media works by Brooklyn artist Tali Margolin and Heidi Sussman of West Orange. It opens with a reception on Friday, November 8, and is on view through December 7.
The most visible project is “Fiber Bombing at Mill Hill Park.” Set for Saturday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the plan is to “commemorate all of our summer programming, classes, and fiber art exhibit with a public yarn bombing in the heart of downtown Trenton,” say organizers. “Throughout the day participants will install their fiber creations on the trees of Mill Hill Park alongside food and fiber craft vendors and live local music. Once completed the Fiber Bomb will be up and on display for two weeks for the Trenton community to enjoy.” Registration to participate is open now through Wednesday, September 11.
The gallery is also seeking artists interested in participating in two exhibitions. One is “The Surreality of Fear,” an exhibition of “work centered around the surreal experience, depiction, and over-exaggeration of fear,” say curators Christy O’Connor and Aine Mickey. That show opens Thursday, October 3, and closes with a costume party on Saturday, October 26, 5 to 9 p.m.
The other is “Every Ghetto, Every City,” designed to examine city life “from corruption to inequality and the communal spirit of perseverance and strength.” It runs December 14 through January 4.
Also of interest are artists who can participate in providing educational programs for adults and children. That includes fine art workshops and demonstrations, lectures, professional development programs, and more.
BSB Gallery, 143 East State Street, 609-599-3268.
The gallery hosts a series of photography exhibitions featuring regional and national artists. It moves into its new season with “Kissed & Toothless,” an installation by Brooklyn photographer Dominica Paige. The artist calls it “a visual anthology and a catalogue of existence” where “each object is a word, each shelf is a sentence, each wall is a paragraph, and the exhibition is a story.” Formally opening with a reception and artist talk on Wednesday, September 18, from 5 to 7 p.m., it remains on view through October 8.
It will be followed by “Pequena Hoguera” (Blaze), a collaboration between two Venezuelan-born artists, photographer Vernoica Sanchis Bencomo and poet Cristian Galvez Martos, who met 20 years ago and who, despite moving and working around the world, exchanged art and created an aesthetic discourse and enduring friendship. An opening reception and artist talk (via Skype) are set for Wednesday, October 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition closes November 12.
JKC Gallery, James Kerney Campus, Mercer County Community College, 137 North Broad Street, Trenton. 609-586-4800.
New Jersey State Museum
‘Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner’s Portraits of a National Treasure” uses Medford, New Jersey, photographer Albert Horner’s images to bring attention to the “quiet beauty” of New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Pinelands Preservation Act. The museum also plans to use objects and artifacts from its vast collection to explore the land, animals, people and industries, and the stories of this important and vital region. It opens on Saturday, October 12.
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street. 609-292-5420.
Trenton City Museum
Trenton City Museum presents the “New Jersey Photography Forum: A 25-Year Retrospective,” opening with a meet the artist reception on Sunday, September 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., and closing with a talk and reception on Sunday, November 10, 1 to 4 p.m. Curated by Nancy Ori, the founding director of the Summit-based group, the exhibition will include approximately 100 works by more than 40 photographers and traces the “dramatic advances in photographic art in the last 25 years while displaying an array of techniques, from film and digital imagery to alternative processes including cyanotype, glass fusion, and hand coloring.”
Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park. 609-989-3632.