As part of an ongoing curatorial collaboration between Project For Empty Space (Jasmine Wahi + Meenakshi Thirukode) and Solo(s) Project House (Rebecca Jampol), The Gateway Project is pleased to announce its expansion of its public art exhibition to the entire Gateway Concourse, part of the Gateway Center complex in Newark, N.J.
The expansion into the Concourse, which connects directly to Newark’s Penn Station, will include temporary murals, sculpture and skylight installations in an exhibition titled “Wind Up Wonderland,” opening to the public on January 28th, 2014 in conjunction with the Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. The exhibition will remain installed through June 30th, 2014 paired with programming to bring a larger audience to the Gateway Concourse, the city’s cultural hub.
“Wind Up Wonderland,” based on Lewis Carroll’s seminal 1865 novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is a tale of adventure, exploration, and self-discovery. In the past century and a half, the story has become a staple within American culture, being developed and adapted for television, film, and republication, and is a tale that nearly everyone knows, even in the most vague way. Wonderland is a dreamscape that unveils the human proclivity to be creative and innovative, suggesting that imagination is the key to progress.
“Though Wonderland resolutely exists in a space of whimsy and imagination, it bears striking similarity to great American cities like Newark, whose history reminds us of the stupendous feats of imagination and innovation that have persisted throughout the ages,” said curators Rebecca Jampol and Jasmine Wahi. “Newark, like Wonderland, remains a central arena of raw creativity, diversity, and industrialized beauty.”
The exhibition is a re-imagined and contemporary interpretation of Alice’s wonderland. It pays homage to both social and architectural elements that make the city so unique. Drawing from a variety of artists whose background implicitly reflect the admirable social, cultural, ethnic, and economic diversities of Newark, the exhibition intermingles industrial age thoughts with those of fantasy, to create a dynamic space that will engage, entertain, and inspire viewers who pass through it.
Daniel Patrick Helmstetter, Dahlia Elsayed, Hannah Craft, Hiroshi Kumagai, Leila Lal, Lunar New Year, Jennifer Wroblewski, Marcy Chevali, Ryan Higgins, Robert Lach, Ruby Chishti.
This exhibition has been made possible by 2 Gateway Center owner C & K Properties and The Gateway Concourse Association. Material sponsors include Sherwin-Williams and Fellers.
ABOUT THE GATEWAY PROJECT
The Gateway Project is a series of pop up art exhibitions in the underway on the ground floor at Newark’s Gateway II office center, adjacent to Newark Penn Station.The series is made possible by art organizations Solo(s) Project House in Newark, New Jersey and Project For Empty Space in New York City.