Where You Should Be This Weekend: Mana Contemporary Spring Open House
Make the most of your weekend and join Mana Contemporary this Sunday, April 28, for their bi-annual open house at their Jersey City campus: a day of live programming, open studios, exhibitions, and after-parties.
For this year’s Spring Open House, Mana Contemporary—the first major center for contemporary art in New Jersey—will transform its Jersey City campus through a program of continual live performance in the Theater, Armitage Gone! Dance Studio, and throughout and surrounding the building, incorporating music, dance, spoken word, performance art, film, and DJ sets. Notable participants will include: Ariciano, Camila Cañeque, Jamie Diamond, Kyle Marshall Choreography, MoMA Ready, in addition to dozens of others.
Doors open at 1 pm and close at 7 pm, so arrive on time for the full experience. Opening exhibitions will include Flat Out: Works on Paper, 2000–2019, a follow-up to Ysabel Pinyol Blasi and Karline Moeller’s recent survey of drawing from the previous four decades, which explores how artists have redefined the practice’s form and function for the new millennium. Afrofuturist visionary RAMMELLZEE’s 1982 work Magistrate, presented by the Ayn Foundation, will be on display as well.
Sunday also marks the exciting launch of Mana Decentralized, a new art sales initiative that reimagines collecting. Combining support for artists with accessibility for collectors, Decentralized is an innovative digital and physical platform that is opening up the dialogue between artists and collectors, facilitating the sale and commissioning of exciting and affordable new work like never before. Unlike traditional galleries and online retailers, Decentralized aims to empower artists through greater market access, fair sales agreements, and career development programming. Decentralized also provides access to a host of cultural programming, from artist talks to open rehearsals, concerts, lectures, and workshops, among others.
Founded in 2011, Mana Contemporary hosts two open houses each during the spring and fall as part of its ongoing commitment to providing a platform for contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, studio programs, and public programs. Mana’s community network originally began in New Jersey and has since expanded to include Mana Chicago and Mana Miami.
RSVP for the Spring 2019 Opening House and see the full schedule here.
Featured image courtesy of Mana Contemporary
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