October 10, 2018

“Foundation@50” Exhibit At NJ State Museum

“FOUNDATION@50”: The new exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton celebrates 50 years of support by the New Jersey State Museum Foundation. The show features more than 60 objects, artifacts, and specimens that have been added to the museum’s collections over the past 50 years, runs through January 27, 2019.

The New Jersey State Museum has announced the opening of its new exhibition, “Foundation@50: Celebrating Five Decades of Support.” Since its founding in 1968, the New Jersey State Museum Foundation has provided vital support to the museum. The exhibition highlights more than 60 objects, artifacts, and specimens that have been added to the museum’s collections over the past 50 years through the support of the Foundation. It will be on view through January 27, 2019.

Among the objects in the exhibition is the very first gift of the Foundation, a ca.1777 silver cream pot. Other pieces include a ca.1800s stoneware jug by Jacob Van Wickle of Old Bridge; a 1955 Davy Crockett metal lunchbox by the ADCO Liberty Manufacturing Corporation, Newark; and two early pieces of Lenox art pottery. Works from the Fine Art collection figure prominently, including a 1966 photograph of Muhammad Ali by Gordon Parks, a watercolor by
Elsie Driggs,
The Watcher by Romare Bearden, and more. Rounding out the exhibition are important artifacts and specimens representing the Archaeology/Ethnography and Natural History bureaus. 

Secretary of State Tahesha Way notes, “We are honored to celebrate the contributions of the New Jersey State Museum Foundation to the State Museum and to the citizens of our state. This 50-year partnership has been an extraordinary example of a public-private partnership in service of education, the arts, history, and science. We congratulate the Foundation, its board, and all its members, past and present, on this milestone event.”

Established to support the then-fledgling art collection, the Foundation has grown to support all aspects of the museum’s work including educational programming, exhibitions, archaeological and scientific excavations, scholarly research, donations to the collections, artifact conservation, publication of exhibition catalogues, upgrades to planetarium equipment, professional development for museum staff, and more. The Foundation manages the museum’s Gift Shop, advocates on behalf of the museum, and the board and staff serve as ambassadors for the museum within the community.

The New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street in Trenton. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and is closed all state holidays. For more information visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov.