Four new exhibitions open at the Hunterdon Art Museum


Marie Watt, Companion Species (At What Cost), 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

New shows explore decolonization, social justice, playful curiosity, the work of local artists

The Hunterdon Art Museum is presenting four new exhibitions from September 26, 2021 to January 9, 2022. An opening reception will be held on Sunday September 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. on the museum terrace and will include artist talks, a guided sewing circle by Marie Watt, live music, light refreshments and more.

Companion species (at what price): the works of Marie Watt will examine text-laden work that articulates what Watt, an American artist and citizen of the Seneca Nation of Indians, calls “Iroquois protofeminism” and Indigenous teaching. Her work places a strong emphasis on the power of Indigenous women as community leaders, storytellers and intergenerational connectors through words. Watt boldly embroiders, prints or beads words to communicate that accent, such as the word ‘mother’, found twice and stretched across the entire composition in the title of this exhibition, Companion species (at what price). Organized by Jason Vartikar in collaboration with Watt.

A major highlight of this show will be two embroidery projects put together by combining panels of fabric sewn during community sewing circles. Watt created two monumental tapestries by putting together smaller panels, each bearing a single word meaningful to the embroiderer.

Alisha B. Wormsley, 2021, cropped detail of work in progress for the Hunterdon Art Museum exhibit. Courtesy of the artist.

The smaller works in the exhibit showcase the variety of Watt’s work, including beaded felt, beaded fabric (a muslin continuously provided by the U.S. government as part of a 1794 Treaty of Pickering), and acrylic on paper. Text accompanying the art includes stories from the history of the Seneca Nation and commentary by the artist. This exhibit offers visitors a chance to see how an art exhibit can provide a platform for decolonization, social justice and activism in conjunction with the display of Indigenous art.

Alisha Wormsley: Remnants of Advanced Technology will focus on Wormsley’s well-known work with black futurism, a genre that reinvents black life with futuristic flair. The show incorporates images from Wormsley’s established work, Children of NAN, which can best be described as an archive of objects, photos, video footage, films, sounds, philosophies, myths, rituals, and performances that she has been compiling for over a decade to document how whose black women take care of themselves, each other and the earth.

This exhibition features a new multimedia installation by Wormsley, comprising dozens of new works from 2021 shown for the first time. Organized by Jason Vartikar in collaboration with Wormsley.

Liz Mitchell, Don’t lead us into temptation. Courtesy of the artist.

Doug Herren: Shapes-colors / Ceramic structures presents the whimsical and vibrant pieces by Philadelphia-based artist Doug Herren, whose sculptures appear to be made up of common objects like building blocks, pipes and fittings, but in unexpected and original combinations.

According to Herren, his work explores the invocation of ship references in large-scale forms reminiscent of abandoned industrial tools, in garish colors. He uses clay in the manufacture of stands and tables, and pottery shapes tinkered with from lathe-turned and hand-crafted components.

“I aspire to achieve in my work the marriage of the prosaic but intimate qualities of functional pottery with the more assertive power of industrial tools, both relegated to an age more closely linked to human work and effort”, explains Herren. . “It is less about describing a sense of loss than about invoking wonder and curiosity in the work I am producing now.”

Members’ exhibition 2021

The Hunterdon Art Museum features the members of this annual juryed exhibition which features artists working in a variety of mediums including clay sculpture, photography, glass, fiber, oil, acrylic and collage.

This year’s members’ exhibit features Amy Becker; Zenna Broomer; Patricia Cudd; Yaël Eisner; Meeta Garg; Valérie Huhn; Betty Jacobsen; Julia Justo; Rebecca Kelly; Myungwon Kim; Karen Krieger; Lisa Madson; Patricia Malarcher; Liz Mitchell; Michelle Moody; Florence Moonan; Patricia Feeney Murrell; Barbara Schulman; Teresa Shields; Barbara Straussberg; and Laura Trisiano.

This year’s juror is curator, writer and archivist Kristen J. Owens, who evaluated more than 90 nominations submitted by museum members and selected 21 works for this exhibition.

General informations:

The Hunterdon Art Museum is located at 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton, NJ 08809. Galleries are open 11 am to 5 pm Thursday through Sunday. Tickets cost seven dollars for adults, five dollars for seniors / military / students, and free for children under 12.

Exhibition credits:

The programs are made possible in part by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; New Jersey Arts and Culture Revival Fund; Hunterdon County Board of County Commissioners, through funds administered by the Cultural & Heritage Commission; Hyde and Watson Foundation; Investor Foundation; La Grande Fondation, as well as other companies, foundations and individuals.


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