WITHOUT PAPERS - WORKS BY JIM DESSICINO
- January 15 - March 25, 2018
- Opening Reception: Third Thursday, January 18, 6 - 8 pm
- Education Guide
- Artist Talk by Jim Dessicino: 5:30 - 6:30pm
- Opening Reception: 6:30 - 8:00pm
- RSVP at https://dessicino.eventbrite.com
What does it mean to adopt a new homeland, language and way of life? What kind of conditions make someone abandon their country, moving sometimes across oceans without prospects, without papers? What land will that immigrant's children and grandchildren feel to be their own? These are questions that Without Papers seeks to answer through personal narrative, sculptures and historical documents.
All of my ancestors immigrated to the United States before the first World War, before immigration papers were required. They, unlike many other Southern Italian immigrants all found their way to South Jersey. These families have called places such as Atlantic City, Egg Harbor City, and Hammonton home for over 100 years. My family is American in everything but cuisine, losing the language, religion and all cultural customs that our ancestors carried with them from Italy.
From 2005 until 2010, I lived and worked seasonally in Italy and, much like early Italian immigrants to the United States, I would travel back and forth between the two countries. When the financial crisis began to affect Italian tourism, it became hard to do my job as a tour-guide. Though I had found my dream job and the country I wanted to call home, my lack of citizenship made staying an impossibility. Having experienced the fear of deportation, as well as the desire to succeed and become accepted in my adopted home, I empathize with the plight of the immigrant, but I am fully aware of the privilege my American passport gave me compared with immigrants I met from the Middle-East, Bangladesh and Africa. As the subject of illegal immigration has become a heated issue in this country in light of the refugee crisis, I think it is all the more important to examine our own immigration history to the United States, no matter how long ago, or how legal the status.
I recently became the caretaker of my grandmother's house in Egg Harbor City. In moving to this house, I discovered documents closely tying my family to Egg Harbor City, Hammonton, and their ancestral homes in Italy. These documents, previously unknown to anyone in my family save my grandmother, tell the story of our family's immigration to the United States and give a first hand account of life as a first generation Italian immigrant in NJ. Without Papers refers to these documents that are the basis of the artworks created for the show. By exploring my family's immigrant journey from Italy to South Jersey, Without Papers is an exhibition where my familial experiences in Hammonton and Egg Harbor City will contextualize an empathic understanding of immigrants both past and present. - Jim Dessicino
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN HUSTA: OLD "HAMMONDTON"
- Exhibition dates: November 2, 2017 - March 25, 2018
- Opening reception: Third Thursday, November 16, 6-8 pm (Free)
- Third Thursday, 11.16.17: Free vintage portrait booth RSVP: https://kevinhusta.eventbrite.com
- Education Guide
Kevin Husta’s interest in exploring, researching, and photographing historic sites around Hammonton was sparked as a child when he took walks along an old railroad track with his grandfather. Husta focuses on some of the more iconic historic locations in Hammonton, places that give the town its character.
YOUTH ART MONTH
- March 2 - March 28, 2018
- Free Opening Reception: March 10, 2018 - 11:30 - 1 pm
March is Youth Art Month (YAM)! The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K - 12.
The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects. This exciting exhibition displays student art work that has been created in Atlantic County, Cape May County and Ocean County schools.
Organized by Lisa Confora (Atlantic County YAM chair - Atlantic County Special Services School District) and Kathy Nichols (Cape May County YAM chair - Margaret Mace Elementary).
THE LINKS: KIMBERLY CAMP - PAINTINGS
- February 1 - March 25, 2018
- Opening Receptions: Second Friday, February 9, 6 - 8pm and Sunday, February 11, 1 - 4pm
- Artist's Website
- Education Guide
Kimberly Camp was born in 1956 in Camden, New Jersey into an artistic family. Her early life spent exploring museums and galleries with her parents and siblings had a heavy influence on her work, which often depicts family life.
Kimberly Camp began her career as an artist at the early age of 12. She set up a sidewalk exhibition displaying dolls and paintings. Since then, she has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions across the country, including the American Craft Museum, Smithsonian Institution, University of Michigan, Bomani Gallery, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild and many more.
In addition to her work as an artist, Camp pursued a career as president and CEO for The Barnes Foundation, as well as leadership positions for the Smithsonian Institution Experimental Gallery and the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Camp retired in 2012, and in 2013 opened Galerie Marie in Collingswood, New Jersey.
Camp's work is known for creative displays of her own ideas about art in democracy, social equality and diversity. Many of her items are priced affordably, ranging from $10 to $500, “so that everyday people can buy art.”
I hope that viewers are able to see something of themselves and those they love in each painting, be it in the glance of an eye, the bend of a knee and an elbow, the smile on a face elated or the absence of human form where animals convey similar glances. Simply put, they serve as a reminder of the reflections of the spirit and soul. - Kimberly Camp
CONSTANTINE GEDAL: PHOTOGRAPHS
- February 1 - March 25, 2018
- Opening Reception: Second Friday, February 9, 2017
- Education Guide
The Noyes Museum presents a collection of photographs by the artist Constantine Gedal.
There are two elements that I employ in my imagery—human beings and one’s surroundings.
In order to construct an image, I follow the travels of a lone soul in the land of the other, registering views and moments flowing by, observing pictures seen through the mind of an intricate and elaborate structure that can’t always relate to the world around it.
Travels in the world, which is sometimes as small and narrow as a single bunker, secure and desperate; sometimes as wide as an ocean, forgiving and merciless; with layers over layers vanishing down, with the deep sky tipped off into the abyss above, where time doesn’t fight space, and choosing a direction is futile; no preparations and no second chances—everything happens here and now.
I portray moments of an object’s journey of becoming a subject against a background of vastness which is turning a subject into an object and dissolving into thin air such as a sea line disappears in the midday sunshine.
The Noyes Museum is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Mina Cheon, aka "Kim Il Soon", a Korean-American new media artist, scholar, and educator. A faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art, she divides her time between Baltimore, New York, and Seoul, South Korea. Her debut in the United States was with Ethan Cohen Fine Arts at Art Asia Miami in 2012.
Cheon has exhibited her political pop art, known as “Polipop”, internationally. Polipop draws inspiration from global media and popular culture and makes work that intersects politics and pop art in subversive yet provocative ways. In particular, the artwork focuses on geopolitical and contested spaces and political pop icons while responding to Asia’s relationship with the Western world. Her work is expressed in diverse mediums such as new media, video, installation, and performance as well as traditional media such as paintings and sculptural objects.
As a a faculty member at MICA, Cheon teaches in the Foundation, Art History, Language, Literature, and Culture, and Interactive Media departments. She was also the founder and director of the summer study abroad program MICA Korea that was held each summer in Seoul, Korea between 2004-2007. She earned a doctorate in philosophy of media and communications from the European Graduate School of European University for Interdisciplinary Studies. She has two MFAs; one from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art and another in Imaging Digital Arts from University of Maryland. She has a BFA in Painting from Ewha Woman's University of Seoul, Korea.
- March 17 - May 1, 2018
- Opening Reception: March 17, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
- Artist's Website
Elling Reitan is an artist of Norwegian descent. His work includes oil on canvas, lithographs, silkscreens, and sculpting. Reitan credits much of his development and approach to art-making to his mentor, Jens Johannessen, though he is also a scholar of Odd Nerdrum and Bjørn Sverrbo. Reitan has had his work featured in over 150 exhibitions throughout Norway and abroad. His exhibitions include bold themes such as Peer Gynt and Ibsen’s Women in the Ibsen Year; Apocalypse incorporating the nature bleeds expressing the warming of climatic changes and “the Mother of all women”, resembling a Madonna-like figure. Many of his works include women, as they are spiritual creatures in the eyes of Reitan.
Reitan has displayed his art in the Los Angeles Art Fair, Galleri Nygatan, Bergen in connection with Festspillene (Music Festival); Galleri Pingvin, Oslo, Gallery Westwood, New York, and Landskrona. Reitan’s art has appeared in two books: Elling Reitan, Mystisk Filosofisk- Symbolistik (2001) and Den Enigmatiske Engel (The Engmatic Angel) By Ole Linboe, Danish Art Critic (2005). Reitan is currently one of Norway’s most popular, reknowned contemporary artists.
MIKO COLON: DARK WATERS
- March 2 - April 29, 2018
- Opening Reception: TBA
- Artist's Website
Dark Waters will be the first solo exhibition by Atlantic City street photographer The Moon Beast. This exhibition marks The Moon Beast’s tenth year as a photographer and serves as a reflection of his experience as an Atlantic City artist and resident. The photographs featured in this exhibition will explore lightness, darkness, and the shades that exist in between. The photos – all black & white – play with different perspectives and textures in order to display the most complete picture of Atlantic City’s landscape. With his artwork, The Moon Beast demonstrates powerfully his love for Atlantic City, despite its imperfections and challenges. In the story woven through these photographs, he aims to illuminate the city’s beauty and spread light in a dark place.
“During the last several years, I’ve focused on building my businesses in Atlantic City, which has left little time for my art and photography. I started to give some thought to developing a solo exhibition, and what excites me most is the prospect of taking this show on tour. I plan to open in Atlantic City, travel to several cities and communities through the country, and return to Atlantic City to close the exhibition. I look forward to sharing my story as a street photographer in Atlantic City, and I hope to shed some unique light on the place I choose to call home.” – The Moon Beast
STEVE KUZMA: PAINTING WITH LIGHT
- January 9 - May 1, 2018
This exhibition documents some of Steve Kuzma's artistic journey and career, shedding light on his early illustration work in New York. The scope of his local work includes large panoramas, seascapes (many painted on location), and landscapes. Recent awards include a Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild residency, and grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Gottleib Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, healing artwork for AtlantiCare, the Carrier Clinic, and Enlightened Solutions addiction recovery buildings.
ATLANTIC CITY LIVES: PETER MURPHY & MICHAEL MCGARVEY
- January 10 - April 1, 2018
- Closing Reception & Reading - Friday, March 23, 5:30-7:30pm
With wood engravings by Michael McGarvey and poems by Peter E. Murphy, Atlantic City Lives explores the stories of the people of “America's Favorite Playground” during and after its gambling heyday.
Each of the paintings is based on one of the stages in the archetypal hero myth outline in Joseph Campbell's, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. The series deals with the transformative journey of the creative spirit. These themes emerged in the engravings for Atlantic City Lives, many years later.
Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of seven books and chapbooks including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Murphy has received awards and fellowships from The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Yaddo, The Folger Shakespeare Library, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the New Jersey Council on the Arts. Retired from Atlantic City High School, he continues to teach creative writing at Stockton University. He is also the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University which offers the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, Inservice Solutions Professional Development and other programs for poets, writers and teachers.
Michael McGarvey received his MFA from Temple University's Tyler School of Art, and is a professor of art at Stockton University teaching illustration, graphic design, and computer animation. He has exhibited worldwide, including his extensive work with the Wood Engravers' Network.
NOYES AT SHORE MEDICAL CENTER, SOMERS POINT
SELECTIONS FROM THE NOYES PERMANENT COLLECTION
Location: Shore Medical Center, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, NJ 08244
Fine and folk art objects from the Permanent Collection of the Noyes Museum of Art are temporarily on view at Shore Medical Center. Selected works include fine duck decoys, chosen from the Museum's vast holding of artifacts that help to highlight and preserve the history and culture of South Jersey. The unique Purple Martin Palace, created in 1935 by Leslie Christofferson, can also be found at Shore Medical Center.
Stay tuned for more information!