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The following media release from Jersey City Museum is to inform the local community about the new exhibitions. We at the museum hope that this message forum could be a place to discuss the work of the artists represented, as well as the exhibitions themselves. An additional message forum thread will alert the community to upcoming events in our auditorium, and discussion of those gatherings is also greatly encouraged.
- John Catania, Communications Manager

JERSEY CITY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES THE NEW EXHIBITIONS

Fantastical landscapes, battered and burned pianos and sofas, and utopia are all part of Jersey City Museum?s new exhibitions, now on view through summer 2007.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE:
Exhibition Gallery ? Unmaking: the Work of Raphael Monta?ez Ortiz (thru 8/26/07)

Downstairs Project Gallery ? Jon Rappleye: Out of the Silent Planet (thru 8/19/07)

Permanent Collection Galleries -- Perspectives II: Then & Now. Guest Artist to Permanent Collection: Emma Wilcox: Forensic Landscapes (thru 8/19/07)

1 x1 Series of Contemporary Art, including:
- Lizzie Scott: Window/Wall (thru 8/12/07)
- Iv?n Navarro: Large Wall Hole (thru 8/26/07)
- Micah Silver: Be Still, Take Up as Much Space as Possible (thru 9/16/07)
- Kayt Hester Lent: Black Tape (thru 8/12/07)
- JCM Media Zone (video on 4 screens ) ? Barbara Bickart: Careful (thru 5/13/07)

INTRO TO THE NEW EXHIBITIONS:

Art historian and archaeologist George Kubler once noted that a work of art is as useless as a tool is useful. This question of the functional aspect of objects and art is an essential part the new exhibition, "Unmaking: The Work of Raphael Monta?ez Ortiz." For the first two decades of his long and prolific career, Ortiz rendered useful things like mattresses, sofas, chairs, shoes, and even paper towels useless, transforming them into ?destructive? works of sculpture that addressed the wrenching debates of the period, such as war and an increase in violence worldwide.
In addition to sculpture, "Unmaking" features Ortiz?s earliest video works from the late 1950s, his computer generated videos of the 1980s, and his most recent vinyl digital paintings. Also included is an early abstract painting by the artist that has not been seen publicly since the 1960s.

Raphael Monta?ez Ortiz is currently a professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University, and Unmaking is a tribute to his life?s work and his significance to the region and in the history of American art.

In the first floor Project Gallery you will enter a whole new world created by Jersey City artist Jon Rappleye. For "Out of the Silent Planet," a title borrowed from a book by C.S. Lewis, Rappleye?s large-scale landscape paintings express the artist?s sheer awe of nature in scenes reminiscent of science fiction art, with exotic creatures and mystical trees populating craggy lands. Add to the experience sculpted trees inspired by the paintings, and, for the first time ever, sound designed by the artist?s brother, Austin Rappleye.

In the continuing series of 1 x 1 exhibitions, Jersey City artist Kayt Hester Lent greets you on our front window with a large-scale work made entirely of an everyday office tool?masking tape. In the atrium lobby, Barbara Bickart?s work Careful occupies all four video screens, and Bickart, also a Jersey City artist, adds to this a sculptural work featured nearby. Replacing Bickart?s videos May 16 will be Lili White?s The Balloon Garden on our large screen, and URBAN IMAGE: Truth, Lies, and Secrets in our three-screen Media Zone. Under the museum?s grand staircase?a wall space dedicated to art for the first time?is a new fabric work by Lizzie Scott titled Window/Wall.

The second floor Sound Station features a retrospective of experimental recordings by Micah Silver, Curator of Music at the Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. And on the second floor Iv?n Navarro presents Large Wall Hole, a sculpture that gives the impression of an endless, vacant space in the middle of a museum wall.

The new Permanent Collection exhibition for 2006-2007 is Perspectives II: Then & Now. As a new curatorial twist, the Jersey City Museum?s education department selected works to tell a whole new story about the collection. Chosen themes for the exhibition are People, Home Life, the City and Industry, Nature, and Utopia. Historic and contemporary works juxtaposed illustrate how the same idea unites works of art over various time periods.

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