No sooner had I recovered from Bushwick Open Studios when Jersey City, my home base, came on gangbusters with a week of visual art, theater, opera, pop and classical music and modern dance. All of it, at least everything I saw, of a high professional caliber; and everything was free or cheap!
Earlier in the week, at the Mana Art Center, I saw:
a major Milton Resnick retrospective (until August 1st);
|Judy Chicago: on the right is In the Beginning, 1982; and straight ahead is The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light, 1985-93.|
All The Best Artists Are My Friends, Part 1 (until August 1st), curated by artist Ray Smith in the Mana Glass Gallery. It's worth the trip, though, just to see this extraordinary 50,000 SF exhibition space designed by starchitect Richard Meier (who has a collection of his building models at Mana).
|Installation view of less than half of the exhibition All The Best Artists Are My Friends, Part 1.|
|"COMMIT" directed by Mason Beggs and staring Evie Freeman, Eleanor Handley, Terence MacSweeny, David Riley, and Kit Vogelsang (photo from The Hudson Reporter).|
***Friday Art House Productions organized one of their quarterly day-long series of events (I counted 47 of them this time) called JC Fridays. They were spread out all over Jersey City, but I could only make it to a few of them in Downtown Jersey City. There were many excellent shows, but the highlight for me was the opening of the Village West Gallery.
|Opening reception of the Village West Gallery, 331 Newark Avenue, Jersey City.|
Many bars and restaurants had Pop music, but the only venue I was able to go to was Groove on Grove, a popular series of outdoor concerts in the Grove PATH Plaza that is supported by the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District. It was moved to Friday from its usual Wednesday to be part of JC Fridays.
|The Shayfer James Band playing at Groove on Grove.|
|The Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City. This was NOT photoshopped!|
***Saturday night was a grand production of selections from three Mozart operas presented by Liberty State Opera, a new opera company.
|Two standing ovations for the Magic of Mozart.|
***Also under the heading of great music in an intimate setting, last night (Sunday) Con Vivo, a Jersey City based chamber music group, presented their fifth annual Bach concert in the Barrow Mansion. The evening- length concert was performed by: Amelia Hollander Ames, viola and violin; Jing Li, cello; Dan Lippel, guitar; and Zach Herchen, saxophone – all experienced professional musicians. Guitar and saxophone might be odd instruments for Bach, but it worked beautifully.
|Con Vivo's 2014 Bach concert, Barrow Mansion.|
***Finally this afternoon I experienced what might be the ultimate in intimate art: a pas de deux in front of a local cafe. This was the first of a series of such dances, called Table for Two, that will be presented by Meagan Woods & Company.
|Meagan Woods and Kyle Marshal dancing in front of Choc O Pain, 530 Jersey Avenue in Downtown Jersey City.|
Phew, what a week!