Jazz in the Garden: Mark Gross

36831865_10157242786674460_3323915434217963520_nThursday, July 12th 12:15 – 1:45 in the Garden at the Newark Museum

The Newark Museum is kicking off the new season of its Jazz in the Garden lunchtime concert season with a performance by Mark Gross. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch or purchase it onsite. Admission is free for Museum Members and Newark residents; $5 for non-members. Performance will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather.

Baltimore-born jazz alto saxophonist Gross, who comes from the hard bop tradition, has been compared to Cannonball Adderley and credits his prolific sound to the rich appreciation for Gospel music that resounded through his parents’ home. Gross has recorded on over forty notable jazz recordings, including the two Grammy winning Dave Holland Big Bands-What Goes Around (ECM) and Overtime (Dare 2 Records). He will be performing music from his third and newest release,

Additional performances in the series are as follows:

* Thursday, July 19 — Marc Cary

* Thursday, July 26 — Bobby Sanabria

* Thursday, August 2 — Carla Cook

Support provided by Whole Foods.

The Magic of Mountains on Film: Screening & Discussion

33788845_10157138723374460_8088635432369127424_nSaturday, June 16th at 2 PM at the Newark Museum

See the mountains through the moviemaker’s lens. For nearly 100 years, filmmakers have been captivated by high peaks and mountain slopes. Join film historian Max Alvarez and Curator of American Art Tricia Bloom for an interactive screening and discussion inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition The Rockies & The Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains. FREE for Members and Newark residents; $5 non-members.

This silver-screen adventure takes you from the High Sierras to the Wetterhorn, and from Charlie Chaplin to 21st-century award-winners like Grand Budapest Hotel and Murder on the Orient Express. Whether it’s romance, adventure, action or comedy, it’s mountains that have the starring role.

• Max Alvarez is your guide through a wide range of mountain films, from the silent era to today, including shorts, features, documentaries and fiction films.
• Curator Tricia Laughlin Bloom will highlight the connections between filmmakers, landscape painters, and early photographers and writers who traveled into the mountains.
• Take part in conversations on how the movies shape our imagination of the mountains.
• The Rockies & The Alps exhibition open before and after the program for viewing.



kendridge_618x588NEWARK MUSEUM, 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ. (973) 596-6550


Through May: NEW ACQUISITION: “WHAT WILL COME” (2007) VIDEO INSTALLATION BY WILLIAM KENTRIDGE. “A recent acquisition – an installation by the renowned South African artist William Kentridge – is on view in the Arts of Global Africa’s dedicated gallery for video art. WHAT WILL COME (2007) is an animated film, created using Kentridge’s signature technique of drawing and erasing on a sheet of paper and filming the process frame-by-frame. The work is inspired by Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, in which 275,000 Ethiopians lost their lives. Among them were a large number of civilians who were gassed, a fact denied by the Italian government until 1995. The title originates from a Ghanaian proverb, “what will come, has already come,” a reference to the cyclical nature of history.”

Jazz in the Garden: Jose James

Jose_James_618x588-templateOne of the nation’s longest running jazz festivals, Jazz in the Garden began in 1965 as a way for residents and workers in New Jersey’s largest city to enjoy Newark  Museum‘s Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Garden, providing another cultural experience for the community in the warm weather months.

Its popularity now extends as far as South Jersey to Long Island. The series has included both local musicians as well as international stars. Some of the notables who have performed are Jimmy Guiffre, Houston Person and Etta James, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, David Murray and Lou Donaldson.

This week, the Garden welcomes jazz vocalist Jose James. James will be performing on Thursday, July 30th at 12:15 pm. The museum is located at 49 Washington St., Newark.

2015-07-29_11-00-25A Minneapolis native who studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, James’ newest release is Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (Blue Note). Check out the trailer video. Buy it here.

The recording features pianist Jason Moran, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Eric Harland, and is a tribute to the legendary singer in honor of her 100th birthday.

James will be performing at the Newport Jazz Fest this Saturday. Check it out here.

Free Jazz for Kids

20150355057b84211e8Saturday, April 18 at 12:30pm
Newark Museum | 49 Washington Street | Newark, NJ 07102
Time: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

WBGO FREE Kids Jazz Concert Series presents She Said, She Says: the history & status of women in jazz

Celebrate some of the many important achievements of female jazz composers, arrangers, instrumentalists and vocalists from early 20th century through present-day.

This season’s five multi-media concert experiences for kids feature The Metta Quintet, the resident ensemble of JazzReach. The free and interactive, hour-long concerts give kids opportunities to learn about a new jazzy theme each Saturday and will take place in Essex County, NJ.

Q&A sessions with the artists, small gifts, and a chance to win a prize, are just some of the reasons to come out and join us! Full series runs Saturdays March 28th to May 2nd , calendar at www.wbgo.org/kids .

This concert includes free admission to the Newark Museum following the performance.

The concerts are free and open to the general public. Tickets are handed out in the lobby of each venue on the day of performance only and on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee seats prior to each program, except for groups with reservations. Adults must be accompanied by a child. All venues are handicapped accessible. Sign language interpretation of performances by request. Groups may reserve seats in advance and may be eligible for transportation funding; email Kids@wbgo.org for info.

Ming to Modern: Elevating the Everyday in Chinese Art

ModernToMingTo celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Museum’s first Chinese exhibition in 1923, the Newark Museum will feature over 175 treasures of Chinese art acquired over the past century, many never before displayed to the public.

During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Chinese emperors competed with their forbearers by commissioning new works of art that imitated, honored or improved upon earlier imperial commissions. In China these art objects always included “everyday” items. Tables and chairs were transformed into spectacular sculptures through the addition of gilding, lacquering and mother-of-pearl and colorful cloisonné glass insets. More than simple clothing, splendid silks covered with artful embroideries transformed in phenomenal artistic statements. Birds, cats and butterflies one sees out the window were painted on hanging scrolls, becoming monuments embedded with social commentary—the meta-data of centuries past. Ceramics and enamel wares appeared as jewels on collector’s shelves—both in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) periods and certainly today. Some of the Newark Museum’s imperial works are the other halves of pairs to holdings in the Palace Museum, Beijing, and the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

In addition to these Chinese treasures, a section of the exhibition will showcase historic and contemporary ceramics made in the West that were inspired by Chinese examples.

NANO: The Science of the Super Small!

Now on view at the Newark Museum

Nano Tehnology DemonstrationThis interactive exhibit has been designed to engage family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology.  Visitors can engage in a series of challenges activities to learn about real nano products and phenomena, explore nano materials and their properties, as well as build some nano products.   Demonstrations presented by the Museum’s Explorers, will also engage and intrigue visitors as they discover the fascinating world of nano technology.

Places to Go! The Ballantine House

Built in 1885 for Jeannette and John Holme Ballantine of the celebrated Newark beer-brewing family, this brick and limestone mansion originally had 27 rooms, including eight bedrooms and three bathrooms.  Part of The Newark Museum since 1937, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.
Two floors of the Ballantine House are interpreted as a suite of galleries called “House & Home,” which includes eight period rooms, two hallways and six thematic galleries—all filled with things that might have been found in people’s homes from the 1650s to the present.

The spring of 1891, nearly six years after the Ballantines moved in, is the time to which the period rooms are restored. Together they represent a “case study” of what the “ideal home” meant in America over a century ago.  The first-floor rooms include the Billiard Room, the Parlor, the Reception Room, the Library and the Dining Room.  The Music Room offers an interactive experience called Make Yourself at Home.

Upstairs, three private family rooms have been restored to their Victorian look: the Master Bedroom, Mrs. Ballantine’s Boudoir and Alice Ballantine’s Bedroom.

Other rooms on this floor are used as galleries. In these galleries, objects from the Museum’s decorative arts holdings illustrate various themes relating to the changing idea of “home” from the 1650s to the present.

The Ballantine House is a wing of the Newark Museum and is open as part of the museum during regular museum hours.

Right Next Door: Newark Museum

The Newark Museum, established as the largest New Jersey museum, invites you to enjoy unforgettable experiences in the arts and natural sciences.  Take an inspirational journey through 80 galleries of world-class collections including American, Asian, African and Classical.

Experience another era in the Victorian Ballantine House—a National Historic Landmark.  Enjoy our exciting science collections and space travel in our popular planetarium.  Stroll through our beautiful sculpture garden, visit our museum shops and enjoy a delicious lunch or snack at our café.

“The place where Shangri-la and New Jersey meet. Staunch commitment to
its diverse community and treasures from Tibet to Timbuktu make the Newark Museum a little corner of paradise.”
 — Smithsonian Magazine

Mission Statement
The Newark Museum operates, as it has since its founding, in the public trust as a museum of service, and a leader in connecting objects and ideas to the needs and wishes of its constituencies.  We believe that our art and science collections have the power to educate, inspire and transform individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national and international communities that we serve.  In the words of founding Director John Cotton Dana, “A good museum attracts, entertains, arouses curiosity, leads to questioning—and thus promotes learning.”

100 Years: Always New
In 2009, the Museum celebrated its 100th anniversary.  Explore the Museum’s evolution from two galleries at the top of the Newark Free Public Library to an eight-building campus as the largest New Jersey museum and art institution in the state through the historical online exhibition 100 Years: Always New.

Check them out online then plan your visit! >>>