Black History Month Links

if it’s february in the garden state, that means excellent shows related to black history month.  did i go see them?  you betcha.

for nj arts, i wrote about the masterful tenjin ikeda linocut exhibition at the 1978 arts center in maplewood.  curated by nette forne thomas, who had her own hallucinatory, symbol-rich show at akwaaba gallery.

also on the tireless atim annette oton brings afrofuturism to the paper mill playhouse. (atim annette oton has also curated a very interesting group show on african spirituality in art at the seton hall gallery.)  

for the jersey city times, i paired my review of the timely, forthright lawrence ciarallo exhibition — a longer table — at art150 with a look at the succinct and powerful warriors group show at art house productions.  shrewdly curated, as all art house art shows are, by andrea mckenna.

it’s also my pleasure to spread the word about the universe of ben jones, an outstanding retrospective of one of the region’s most influential artists, co-curated by midori yoshimoto.  that’ll be up at the njcu galleries for awhile, so there’s no excuse for missing it.

look for my review of myriad at mana contemporary.  next monday or tuesday, depending on when the jersey city times wants to run it.  i haven’t seen it yet.  but the artists in the show are all mana regulars, and it’s curated by the charismatic showman bryant small, so i’m expecting some visual excitement. 

artists: i will review your show soon, i promise!  i have pocketsful of words to distribute.  i am a johnny appleseed of discourse, scattering words around the countryside. 

thank you for reading,