Montclair, NJ – Studio Montclair (SMI) presents “Inspired by an Object”, a simultaneous exhibition from September 10 to October 15 at the Vance Wall Art Education Gallery of the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, and at the Studio Montclair Gallery , 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Montclair Art Museum and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Galerie Studio Montclair. This exhibition is the fourth in SMI’s community partnership exhibition program created by co-founder and former president Virginia Block and features the work of 51 artists. It is based on the words of Jasper Johns, who was noted in 1964 for “Take an object.” Do something to him. Do something else to him. Since then, these instructions have referred to works of art using everyday objects and other materials other than fine art and describe a revolutionary approach to artistic creation that developed in the early twentieth century and continued through the late 1950s, 1960s and beyond.
The works in the exhibition cover a wide range of political, societal and personal issues. They incorporate both national icons (RBG or baseball necklaces) and common everyday items that once had a pre-assigned gender identity (building materials, tools, kitchen items) but were bred to become the subject of a work of art. According to curator Virginia Block, âIt was very exciting to see which artists chose their objects and how they chose to use and / or modify them. Citing the importance of the installation as an essential part of an exhibition, Block said, âI have taken into consideration how each piece relates to the next and how the viewer will be visually guided through it. exhibition and how it will come together in a cohesive manner for maximum impact. Juror Ira Wagner, executive director of the Montclair Art Museum, was âinspired to see a wide range of solid submissions; these show that Jasper John’s instruction to do something to an object continues to inspire artists as they transform objects that are everyday objects as well as being unusual subjects for a work of art.
This partnership between the Montclair Art Museum and Studio Montclair, Inc. represents an important opportunity for artists in the community to demonstrate their talent, creativity and artistic skills and to give audiences a broad insight into artistic inspiration.
In addition to the partner exhibits, the museum will also install an exhibit titled âTransformed: Objects Reimagined by American Artists,â which will focus on works primarily from their permanent collection of American and Native American art. Curated by Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky, the exhibition will feature historical, modern and contemporary works by Jasper Johns, Maurice Prendergast, Arshille Gorky, Andy Warhol, Man Ray, Louise Nevelson, Romare Bearden, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Sanford Biggers, Just to name a few. This exhibition will run from September 11, 2021 to January 2023.
About the curators:
Virginia S. Block is originally from New Jersey. She holds a BA in Arts Education and an MA in Visual Arts from William Paterson University as well as a Teaching Certificate from NJ. One of the five co-founders of Studio Montclair, Block served as its first president from 1997 to 2002 and gallery director of Studio Montclair from 2010 to 2018. His work is included in hundreds of corporate and private collections across the East Coast and the Midwest. She has had a long and varied artistic career, including as an art teacher, packaging and logo designer, and director of incentive marketing for an advertising company. Throughout this period, she continued to develop her career as an artist.
Ira Wagner is the Executive Director of the Montclair Art Museum. A resident of Montclair for over 30 years, Wagner began studying photography in 2008 after working on Wall Street for over 25 years. Interested in urban history and design, he focused on cityscape photography. Wagner received his MFA from Hartford Art School in 2013 and taught photography at Monmouth University in New Jersey. His project âHouseraising,â photographs of homes razed to the Jersey Shore in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, was featured in The New Republic, National Geographic, and was published in a Daylight Books photobook in 2018. His most recent project, âTwinhouses of the Great Northeast,â had a photograph included in MAM’s Personal Landscapes exhibition in 2020. Based on images from Twinhouses, he was selected among the photographers for Critical Mass Top 50 by Photolucida and participated in Review Santa Fe in 2019.
Olga Alexander, Gabrielle Baker, A Bascove, Stacy Bogdonoff, Bob Calleja, Pam Cooper, Bettina Cousineau, David Derr, Philip Drill, Anne Dushanko Dobek, Harriet Finck, Leslie Ford, Yolanda Fundora, Michael Gabriele, Bennett Gewirtz, Anita Gladstone, Jay Goldberg, Bart Gorin, Pam Grafstein, Beth Heit, Jang Soon Im, Nancy Iovino, Paul Jervis, Martta Kelly, Robert Kogge, Annette Kushen, Steven Kushner, Eleni Litt, Lara Lo Re, Dave Magyar, Deborah Morris, Harold Olejarz, Denis Orloff, Oscar Peterson, Sharon Pitts, Jennifer Place, Amee Pollack, Steven Purtee, Amy Putman, Theda Sandiford, Jen Scheuer, Debra Schore, Miriam Stern, Sandra Styer, Brian Trees, Karen Tuveson, Ann Vollum, Miroslav Vrzala, Bill Westheimer, Agnieszka Wszolkowska
Artists exhibited at Galerie Studio Montclair:
Olga Alexander, Gabrielle Baker, A Bascove, Stacy Bogdonoff, Bob Calleja, Pam Cooper, David Derr, Philip Drill, Harriet Finck, Yolanda Fundora, Michael Gabriele, Bennett Gewirtz, Anita Gladstone, Jay Goldberg, Bart Gorin, Pam Grafstein, Beth Heit , Jang Soon Im, Paul Jervis, Eleni Litt, Lara Lo Re, Dave Magyar, Deborah Morris, Harold Olejarz, Denis Orloff, Sharon Pitts, Amee Pollack, Steven Purtee, Theda Sandiford, Jen Scheuer, Debra Schore, Miriam Stern, Sandra Styer , Ann Vollum, Miroslav Vrzala, Agnieszka Wszolkowska
Artists exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum:
Olga Alexander, Gabrielle Baker, A Bascove, Stacy Bogdonoff, Bettina Cousineau, Anne Dushanko Dobek, Harriet Finck, Leslie Ford, Bennett Gewirtz, Nancy Iovino, Paul Jervis, Martta Kelly, Robert Kogge, Annette Kushen, Steven Kushner, Lara Lo Re, Oscar Peterson, Jennifer Place, Amy Putman, Miriam Stern, Sandra Styer, Karen Tuveson, Ann Vollum, Miroslav Vrzala, Bill Westheimer, Agnieszka Wszolkowska
Exhibition dates: September 10 – October 15, 2021
Galleries: Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ; Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ
Gallery hours: by appointment. All visitors aged 12 and over must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of attendance.
Vernissage: Sunday, September 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Montclair Art Museum and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Galerie Studio Montclair
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