Upper Gallery Art Opening: “Hoboken Sensations: The photographs of Marcella Conti”
Hoboken’s family-owned businesses are part of what makes Hoboken such a special place. They know their customers. They know their craft. They take pride in making bread or “mutz” in the traditional way — and better than the store three blocks over.
Marcella Conti, a Brazilian photographer, has captured the shops and shopkeepers that make up this special fraternity in Hoboken. Her exhibition, “Hoboken Sensations” opens Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2 – 5 pm. Meet the artist at the opening reception and celebrate Hoboken’s traditions. The exhibit will remain on view through April 8.
The exhibit is supported by a block grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
On Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 pm, the Museum will host the first of a four-part “Hudson County Movie Tour” of screenings of Black Maria Film Festival award-winning documentary films. The program will be presented on the first Wednesday of the month, March – June, by Festival director Jane Steuerwald, with filmmakers as special guests.
The first program will feature two short films: “Little Fiel,” about an artist who grew up during the 1970s – ’80s civil war in Mozambique, and “Born in Battle,” about a former 12-year-old child soldier. Both filmmaker Irina Patkanian and the artist Fiel dos Santos will be present to discuss the film and the artist’s life work, which is to destroy guns and turn them into art.
Doors open at 6:30, the films screen at 7 pm, followed by Q&A. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $5 at the door. Seating is limited, reservations are advised.
When the Civil War in Mozambique began in 1975, Fiel dos Santos was 3 years old. He had a large family of five siblings and numerous cousins. Towards the end of the war, Fiel found himself living alone in a dilapidated house with no electricity or water at the age of 14. To overcome depression and madness he started drawing on the walls of the house. Today Fiel is a renowned sculptor and visual artist and is one of four artists from Mozambique who created Tree of Life, a sculpture commissioned and then installed in the British Museum in 2005. Fiel dos Santos is the only member of his family who hasn’t shot a gun. “Little Fiel” is paired with an award-winning narrative short, “Born in Battle” about a former 12-year-old child soldier.
The Black Maria Film Festival’s Hudson County Movie Tour is made possible through the generous support of The Hudson County Executive Thomas De Gise and the Board of Chosen Freeholders – the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs & Tourism.
Since 1981, the Black Maria Film Festival has been celebrating and preserving the diversity, invention, and vitality of the short film. The Festival’s home is New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ and is named after Thomas Edison’s original West Orange film studio dubbed the “Black Maria” because of its resemblance to the black-box police paddy wagons of the same name.
Black Maria is an international juried film competition, focusing on short films including those that shine a light on issues and struggles within contemporary society. Its touring programs always include provocative works by diverse filmmakers from across the US and around the world. These artists often represent an under-served constituency who might not otherwise have the opportunity for live public exhibition nationwide or abroad.
The community is invited to a free reception on Sunday, March 11, 3 – 5 pm, to celebrate the launch of poet Danny Shot’s latest book, “Works.” Special guests will include poets Eliot Katz, Joel Lewis and Alicia Ostriker, and books will be available for purchase.
WORKS honors “Long Shot,” the arts and literary magazine he founded along with Eliot Katz in 1982 in New Brunswick, NJ, and edited for more than 20 years, with the credo of “Writing from the Real World.” This collection of poems traverses a course from the swamps of New Jersey to the endless possibilities of the open road, with rest stops along the way to visit with family ghosts, highlight striking moments encountered during a 30 plus year career as a New York City public high school teacher, and to report upon the twilight years of the Beat Generation. Shot’s engaging poetry is raw, from the gut, deceptively rich, and humane in the face of this increasingly post-humanistic world.
Born in the Bronx and raised in Dumont, NJ, by German Jewish refugees, Shot graduated from Rutgers College in 1980 with a B.A. in English. Shot’s poetry has appeared in: bum rush the page (Def Poetry Jam) Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Henry Holt), and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunder’s Mouth), among other anthologies and numerous journals. Shot has read his poetry throughout the United States, also appearing on television (WNBC, New York) as part of Felipe Luciano’s Wordchestra. He has spent over 30 years as a NYC public high school teacher, serving in the South Bronx, Harlem and Brooklyn. Mr. Shot lives in Hoboken, NJ (home of Frank Sinatra and baseball) where he is the most recent poet-in-residence of the Hoboken Historical Museum. (Author photo by John Dalton)