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Hunterdon Art Museum explores decolonization, social justice, playful curiosity, the work of local artists | Hunterdon Review News


CLINTON – The Hunterdon Art Museum presents four new exhibits that examine decolonization, social justice, playful curiosity and the work of local artists, through January 9, 2022, at 7 Lower Center St.

“Companion Species (At What Cost): The Works of Marie Watt” will examine text-laden work that articulates what Watt, an American artist and citizen of the Seneca of Indians nation, calls “Iroquois protofeminism” and Indigenous teaching . Her work places a strong emphasis on the power of Indigenous women as community leaders, storytellers and intergenerational connectors through words. Watt boldly embroiders, prints, or beads words to communicate that accent, such as the word ‘mother’, twice found and extended throughout the composition in this show’s centerpiece, Companion Species (At What Price). Organized by Jason Vartikar in collaboration with Watt.

An important highlight of this show will be two embroidery projects put together by combining panels of fabric sewn during community sewing circles. Watt created two monumental tapestries by putting together smaller panels, each bearing a single word meaningful to the embroiderer.

The smaller works in the exhibit showcase the variety of Watt’s work, including beaded felt, beaded fabric (a muslin continuously provided by the U.S. government as part of a 1794 Treaty of Pickering), and acrylic on paper. Text accompanying the art includes stories from the history of the Seneca Nation and commentary by the artist. This exhibit offers visitors a chance to see how an art exhibit can provide a platform for decolonization, social justice and activism in conjunction with the display of Indigenous art.

“Alisha Wormsley: Remnants of An Advanced Technology” will focus on Wormsley’s well-known work with black futurism, a genre that re-imagines black life with a futuristic flair. The exhibition incorporates images from Wormsley’s established work, Children of NAN, which can be described as an archive of objects, photos, video footage, films, sounds, philosophies, myths, rituals. and performances she’s been compiling for over a decade to document how black women care for themselves, others, and the earth.

This exhibition features a new multimedia installation by Wormsley, comprising dozens of new works from 2021 shown for the first time. Organized by Jason Vartikar in collaboration with Wormsley.

“Doug Herren: Color-Forms / Ceramic Structures” features the whimsical and vibrant pieces of Philadelphia-based artist Doug Herren, whose sculptures appear to be made up of common objects like building blocks, pipes and fittings, but in unexpected and original combinations.

According to Herren, his work explores the invocation of ship references in large-scale forms reminiscent of abandoned industrial tools, in gaudy colors. He uses clay in the manufacture of stands and tables, and pottery shapes tinkered with from lathe-turned and hand-crafted components.

“I aspire to achieve in my work the marriage of the prosaic but intimate qualities of functional pottery with the more assertive power of industrial tools, both relegated to an age more closely linked to human work and effort”, explains Herren . “It is less about describing a sense of loss than about invoking wonder and curiosity in the work I am producing now.”

The Hunterdon Art Museum features the members of this annual jury-paneled exhibition that features artists working in a variety of mediums including clay sculpture, photography, glass, fiber, oil, acrylic and collage.

This year’s members’ exhibit features Amy Becker; Zenna Broomer; Patricia Cudd; Yaël Eisner; Meeta Garg; Valérie Huhn; Betty Jacobsen; Julia Justo; Rebecca Kelly; Myungwon Kim; Karen Krieger; Lisa Madson; Patricia Malarcher; Liz Mitchell; Michelle Moody; Florence Moonan; Patricia Feeney Murrell; Barbara Schulman; Teresa Shields; Barbara Straussberg; and Laura Trisiano.

This year’s juror is curator, writer and archivist Kristen J. Owens, who evaluated more than 90 nominations submitted by museum members and selected 21 works for this exhibition.

Tickets cost $ 7 for adults, $ 5 for seniors / military / students, and free for children under 12.


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