Fall Open House

October 18, 2015
1PM – 6PM


Fall 2015 Open House


This event marked the first exhibition held by Ayn Foundation at Mana Contemporary, bringing its collection to a 5,000-square-foot gallery on the art center’s first floor. The foundation will present year-long solo exhibitions, beginning with Ayn Foundation Presents: Arnulf Rainer. The Austrian artist (b. 1929) is considered one of the most inventive abstract painters of the 20th century. The ICP gallery on Mana’s sixth floor presents The Early Years of Rhythm and Blues: Photographs by Benny Joseph from the Documentary Arts Collection, a selection of black-and-white prints by Houston photographer Benny Joseph (b. 1924) that trace the rise of rhythm and blues music in the 1950s and 1960s. Intimacy in Discourse: Reasonable-Sized and Unreasonable-Sized Paintings is a collaboration between Rail Curatorial Projects, Mana Contemporary, and School of Visual Arts (SVA) Chelsea Gallery. Curated by Phong Bui, this exhibition on Mana’s first floor studies how various painting sizes affect both artists and viewers. Curator Saul Ostrow presents Here’s Looking Back at You: Images of Woman from the ESKFF Collection, a selection of works from the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) that examine the boundaries of understanding female representation in art. Mali De-Kalo: Relaying #2: Testimonies on Motherhood Lost is presented in the Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA) gallery on Mana’s third floor. The Israeli multidisciplinary artist's powerful video installation documents Middle Eastern mothers whose children have left them. The Florence Academy of Art at Mana presents a solo exhibition by a former instructor who is considered one of the foremost plein-air painters working today, Marc Dalessio: en plein air. For David Levinthal: Pin-Ups, presented in Mana’s second floor gallery, the photographer continues his exploration of dolls and toys to reflect an archetypal American iconography. Gary Lichtenstein Editions at Mana presents Works in Progress, featuring multiple projects that illustrate the process behind the silkscreen technique. On the first floor, Galerie Ernst Hilger presents Oliver Dorfer & Cameron Platter: Far Relations, featuring two artists from opposite ends of the globe whose work addresses deep-seated political and historical themes with pop culture imagery. Jason Jaworski: Thinking of You takes over the walls of bookdummypress with more than 100 prints, numerous sculptural works, and a video piece. Eran Shakine: Heroes presents life-sized bronze sculptures of iconic figures. Mana’s vast, early 20th century boiler room is transformed into a haunting sound and video installation, Ziv Yonatan and Lily Rattok: Tick Talk. Lastly, Mana Urban Arts Projects presents two new large-scale murals. HOW & NOSM: At The Center Of It All covers a 50-foot-tall wall at Mana’s Newark Avenue headquarters with the twin brothers’ multi-layered, complex visual style that is known world-wide. Additionally, renowned street artist Shepard Fairey has painted his widest horizontal mural to date, Natural Springs, on a 147-foot-wide wall at the Ice House, a former ice factory located near the Jersey City entrance to the Holland Tunnel. Concurrently, both HOW & NOSM and Fairey are showing large-scale works in the lobby of Mana’s Newark Avenue headquarters.

Photo by Joe Russo.