January 30, 2019

Winter Exhibitions at Center for Contemporary Art

The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster has two new exhibitions on view through March 2.

“The National Association of Women Artists 130th Anniversary Exhibition: Wall Sculpture,” features the work of Harriet FeBland, Danielle Frankenthal, Maureen Kelleher, and Natsuki Takauji. This exhibition is curated by Jeffrey Wechsler, who was senior curator at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and retired in 2013 after 36 years of service.  Wechsler was involved with the establishment of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) Collection at Rutgers, oversaw the initial and ongoing acquisition of art for that collection, and organized exhibitions derived from that collection. He is currently on NAWA’s board of directors. When asked about this special anniversary exhibition he said, “While the art of NAWA members ranges over virtually every art medium, this exhibition focuses on a particular form that is somewhat hybrid in practice and visual effect: sculptural works that are mounted on a wall.  The four artists in the exhibition elaborate upon this physical concept with diverse approaches to material and meaning; they also represent several chronological generations, underscoring the long history of NAWA.”

“Collage: Other Dimensions,” also curated by Wechsler “demonstrates that collage can incorporate a wide diversity of media and intentions, and that it can sometimes literally rise above the flat surface often assumed to be its natural form,” he said.  This exhibition features the work of four artists: Peter S. Arakawa, Chinyee, Dennis Lick, and Bonnie Lucas. Wechsler explains, “Collage is a very flexible medium in technique, medium and imagery…. Although the notion of collage is generally associated with the cutting and pasting of paper, this exhibition of four artists is divided between an acknowledgment of the historical centrality of paper to collage, and an endeavor to move beyond it.”

The Center for Contemporary Art is located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster. For more information, call (908) 234-2345 or visit www.ccabedminster.org.