Art awaits at museums and galleries around the state. See colorful works crafted from wood salvaged after Hurricane Sandy, animal sculptures created from recycled bullet shells and more.
Feb 8–March 28: Timed with Black History Month, the exhibit, “Thus Shall They Upward, Onward Press: An Exploration of the History of African Americans in Paterson from 1600-Present” displays the accomplishments of some of Paterson’s African American citizens.
Mon–Sat, 9:30 am–4:30 pm; suggested donation, $2.
Hannah Memorial Gallery.
Montclair Art Museum
Feb 8–June 21: “Federico Uribe: Animalia” showcases sculptures by the Colombian artist. He layers everyday objects, such as colored pencils and shoelaces, with recycled bullet shells to create works that comment on hunting, war and gun violence.
Wed–Sun, noon–5 pm; $10–$12.
Karl and Helen Burger Gallery
Feb 5–May 15: In the exhibit “Reconstruction,” see Haddonfield-bred artist Laura Petrovich-Cheney’s works crafted from wood salvaged after Hurricane Sandy. “I found refuge and comfort in organizing and arranging the chaos back into patterns,” she says. In an accompanying film, former Asbury Park Mayor Ed Johnson, News 12 New Jersey anchor John Bathke and two homeowners discuss their experiences with the storm.
Mon–Fri, 10 am–4 pm; free.
Kean University, Union.
Newark Museum of Art
Feb 13–May 3: “Norman Bluhm: Metamorphosis” showcases five decades of the artist’s abstract paintings. Bluhm is revered for the expressive brushwork and lavish colors in his large-scale canvases. The 46 multi-panel paintings will occupy two floors of the museum.
Thurs, 10 am–7 pm; Fri & Sat, 10 am–6 pm; Sun, 10 am–5 pm; $8–$15.
Princeton University Art Museum
Feb 22–June 21: “LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography” explores how photographs were assigned, captured, selected, cropped and sequenced for the publication. The exhibit features about 150 objects, including contact sheets, assignment notes, layouts and original issues.
Sun, noon-5 pm; Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat, 10 am-5 pm; Thurs, 10 am–9 pm; free.
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
Feb 28–June 27: “Hillerbrand + Magsamen: The Devices Project” is a multi-media installation by Houston-based artistic team, Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. The exhibition explores our relationship to everyday objects and how we use them, through photography, video, sculpture and performance art.
Mon–Wed & Fri, 10 am–5 pm; Thurs, 10 am–8 pm; Sat & Sun, 11 am–4 pm; free.
Main Gallery, Summit.