Newark Museum of Art Reopens, Hosts NJ Arts Annual

Standing Bear by Benjamin West is part of the NJ Arts Annual Exhibition

The Newark Museum of Art reopened to the public on June 3 following an extended closure as a result of the Covid-19 public health emergency.

Admission to the Museum will be on a discounted basis through the end of 2021. As always, members and Newark residents are admitted free.

Gallery hours will be from 10 am–5 pm, Thursday through Sunday. Timed admission tickets are required for all visitors. Tickets will cost $10 and $8 for children over age two. People must reserve their tickets online.

Numerous safety measures will be in place for the reopening, including mandatory capacity limits and strict social distancing measures that adhere to local, state, and federal guidelines.

Due to their limited size, certain galleries of the museum will remain closed, at least through the end of the year. This will include the Ballantine House, the 1885 mansion which is part of the museum’s complex, as well as The MakerSpace and Planetarium.

New Jersey Arts Annual Debuts June 17

Visitors can see the work of 45 outstanding New Jersey artists in the upcoming exhibition, 2021 New Jersey Arts Annual: ReVision and Respond. The Newark Museum of Art will host this year’s edition of the long-standing series that highlights the state’s artists. The exhibition will open on Thursday, June 17 and run through Sunday, August 22. Featured works reflect on this question: How do shifts in the world, such as the pandemic’s quarantine and social-justice reckoning, influence artists? The annual juried exhibition is sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Major Acquisition by Bisa Butler Makes Its Debut

With new exhibitions, installations, and partnerships, The Newark Museum of Art will further focus on expanding its role as a leading cultural institution at the center of an urban community that is 50 percent Black and 36 percent Latinx.

Making its debut this spring is the eagerly anticipated quilted portrait by renowned textile artist, Bisa Butler. Titled The Warmth of Other Sons, the Museum recently acquired this monumental textile by Butler, a resident of West Orange, New Jersey, who taught in the Newark Public School system for 10 years. Her textured approach with The Warmth of Other Sons will add an essential expansive chapter to the story of the Great Migration in the Museum’s American galleries.

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