Branko and 111 First Street Movie Artists

Sumei Presents:

111 First Street:

From Paris to Jersey City, They Showed No Love

A film by Ironbound filmmaker and photojournalist Raul “Branko” Romero

October 18, 2014 Film Screening and artist’s talk. Two hours and 13 minutes.

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111 First Street

“The drama surrounding the rise and literal fall of 111 First St. is a well-documented chapter in recent Jersey City history.” “A large and sprawling warehouse building blocks from the waterfront, 111 First St. provided about 130 studio and living space to dozens of Jersey City artists beginning in the 1980s when the city was decidedly less trendy than it is today, and when real estate was cheap. As developers began mining the waterfront in search of a Gold Coast, Lloyd Goldman, who owns the 111 site and another property at 110 First St., realized he was sitting on two of Jersey City’s most lucrative properties.”

“I wanted to film something about 111 First St. that would be a historical document. I wanted to record what it meant for the artists to be living there, working there together,” said Branko. “I wanted to make a connection between living in that building, having so many artists concentrated there, and the affect it had on their work. [W]hat it meant to have all these geniuses in one place.”

“Over the course of two years, from 2003 to 2004, he filmed interviews with several 111 artists in their studios and captured footage of them at work. There is even some footage of the Annual Artists’ Studio Tours, which grew out of the nexus of artists at 111 First St. The lest of the artists were finally forced out in 2005.”

E. Assata Wright, Hudson Reporter

Branko and 111 First Street Movie Artists

Branko and 111 First Street Movie Artists

“The 111 First Street building, was located at the Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City or WALDO neighborhood zone. You could say that landlords and politicians had created this Art Zone, to fill the empty abandoned warehouses, with working artists. They couldn’t rent the spaces as apartments, and companies did not want to rent as warehouse or work space. When this land became valuable, the politicians and landlords, unceremoniously declared the artists persona non-grata. They removed the Art Zone and historic building designations and passed new ones to allow new upper class, residential construction. 

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First remove the artists, then the low income group, then the middle class, you get the idea. At the 111 First Street building, there were painters, sculptors, photographers, music studios, music bands, art galleries, printers, filmmakers, writers, poets, cabinet makers, etc.; some Americans and others from various countries.  The building was demolished in 2007.

This movie is a historical document of a substantial concentration of artists in the same location-building, in the US.

In the history of mankind, this location compares to a few places, where so much artistic talent has been housed at the same place and time.”

Branko

 

Fado Performance at the Firestation

Words and Music

Performance Friday night, October 11th

from 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Come early to see the exhibition and rub elbows!

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Fatima Santos, Vocalist

Words and Music

The music of José Afonso, Adriano Correia de Oliveira, José Niza, José Luis Iglésias, and Teresa Silva Carvalho, and the poetry of António Gedeão, Fernando Pessoa, Alexandre O’Neill, and João S Martins.
Performers: Fátima Santos (vocals) & José Luis Iglésias (classical guitar).

 

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José Luis Iglésias, Portuguese guitar

 

 

 

 

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Gianluca Bianchino

Coming May 23, 2014

Reception 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM with Music by Art Crime

Artist Talk:  Saturday, June 7, 3pm

The Prospect Firestation Art Center is pleased to present “Spacetime Discontinuum” a site-specific installation by artist Gianluca Bianchino.  Bianchino will envelop the entire space of the gallery with his sculptural environment that consists of both two and three dimensional forms to create a multi-media landscape.The forms are combined to establish an ambiguous space that alludes to questions of identity and similar existential concerns, moving the genre of landscape forward into new, allusionistic territory that refers not only to our surroundings on planet earth, but also physics and the universe.  At the same time, Bianchino draws upon prior art movements such as Cubism, Surrealism and Constructivism which are similarly concerned with shape, space and form.  The exhibition is curated by Hal Laessig of Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center.

Bianchino considers both materials and the literal space of the gallery to be an integral part of his work. Informed by his interest in cosmology and physics, he creates immersive environments through the tangible mediums of paper, wood and found objects, conflated with intangible elements such as light, shadow and projections.  This creates an ambiguous space that invites viewers to consider their relationship to his work as well as their place within it.  There will be an artist talk featuring Bianchino and Curator Hal Laessig on Saturday, June 27, at 3PM moderated by Jonathan Goodman, renowned art writer and regular contributor to Sculpture Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and Art Critical.  The talk is co-sponsored by Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery.

The Firestation Gallery is operated by Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, established in 1993 by a collective of musicians, architects, poets, graphic designers, visual and fine artists interested in broadening their reach within the local Newark, New Jersey area and beyond.The Firestation Art Center is located at 56 Prospect Street, Newark, New Jersey, in the Ironbound District.  It is easily accessible by car, PATH train and NJ Transit.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Hours of operation are: every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Noon until 6PM.

 

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Fundraiser for the Prospect St. Firestation Art Center

Support Art in the Ironbound

Date:  Wednesday, October 30, from 6-10pm

Sumei Arts Center and the Ironbound Business Improvement District will host a fundraiser for the Prospect Street Firestation Art Center to Support Art in the Ironbound.

slide_gallery2The Prospect Street Firestation Art Center is Newark’s newest and most talked about hot-spot for art, showcasing artists from the Ironbound, Newark and our region side by side with outstanding artworks from countries around the world.
The event will feature artists from the current Firestation exhibition Ironbound Unbound #4. On hand will be many of the featured artists to talk about their work
The Prospect Street Firestation Art Center, located in the Ironbound, is a collaboration between Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Councilman Augusto Amador’s office, the Ironbound Business Improvement District, and the Newark Arts Council, with the cooperation and support of the Newark Fire Department. Their mission is to bring art and cultural programs to the Ironbound and Newark to benefit the community and attract Cultural Tourism to the neighborhood and the city.
01 Heejung-Kim1Over the past year, the Firestation has presented panel discussions and high quality solo shows, as well as group exhibitions of emerging artists from our area, showing their work side by side with New Jersey and international artists – building bridges between our local community and arts and culture from around the world. Ironbound Unbound #4 features Ironbound and Newark artists such as Harry Prott, Sonia Valente, and Gianluca Bianchino, with New Jersey and international artists such as Heejung Kim, Sergio Rivero, Yen Hua Lee and Stina Brockman, to name only a few. Adding to the program have been a showing and panel discussion of Newark Filmmaker AJ Jackson’s film “Missing”, and a presentation of the history and appreciation of Portuguese ceramic folk art, as well as music and poetry from the US, Spain and Portugal.
The fundraiser will support programs for the coming year and plans to expand the art center at the Firestation.
Fado Performance at the Firestation

Ironbound Multicultural Festival

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Ironbound Multicultural Festival
The name “Ironbound” derives from the metalworking industry in the area and from the network or railroad tracks that surround the neighborhood.
Today, the Ironbound is known for being a multi-cultural neighborhood. Even though Portuguese roots in the area run deep, the Ironbound is home to one of the most diverse and vibrant communities. Galician, Ecuadorian and, most recently Brazilian immigrants followed the footsteps of the Portuguese and settled, in large numbers, in the Ironbound over the recent years. The neighborhood has a mix of different home styles as many old industrial sites have been converted to modern detached townhouses.
It is with the intent to celebrate the dynamic and vibrant cultural community of the Ironbound that we are promoting the festival. From September 20 to 29, 2013; homegrown artists of every background will come together at the Prospect St. Firehouse and will showcase the dynamic and diverse community we call home. On Sunday, September 29, 2013; at the Sport Club Portuguese, there will be a music festival with the participation of several of the most known groups in the community.
The Ironbound Multicultural Festival is being created to promote and highlight the cultural strength of the neighborhood. It is designed to point out the cultural richness of a community known, mostly, for its restaurants and well-kept homes, located along and around Ferry Street.
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Color and Sensuality in Contemporary Dominican Art

An exhibition of paintings by:Miguel Gómez and Jesús Desangles

Opening ReceptionFriday, August 30, from 6-10pm

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday August 28 thru Sunday September 15

Gallery open to public: Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 12 noon to 5pm

Miguel Gómez’s works are inspired by Villa Mella, a black neighborhood of Santo Domingo that is regarded as a cultural treasure and keeper of African traditions. Gómez, a self-described “cultural investigator”, contrasts the crisis of identity that haunts many of his compatriots with a postmodern aesthetic style that speaks to the contemporary art viewer and pulls him into the idiom of the obra.  The work represents years of struggle and his pride in Dominican culture.

Jesús Desangles is from a family of artists. Following the family tradition, Jesús Desangles was awarded a Gold Palette at the 21st Art Festival of Cagnes-Sur-Mer, in France, at the age of nineteen. Decades later, his works would become part of the Caribbean´s most prestigious permanent collections. Many of his works are explorations of the African/Taino presence. His drawings and paintings reflect a quest for identity with a compelling vision. Art historian Enrique García Gutiérrez of the University of Puerto Rico, described him as “Powerful, poetic, playful…his signs multiply and unfold.”

Miguel Gómez and Jesús Desangles are masters of their medium and masters of the craft of the “poetry of paint” with which they unveil and pay homage to Dominican culture.  In so doing, they also pay homage to all the Caribbean cultures sharing with the world the finest of Caribbean art.

Installation of 10,000 recycled water bottles, creating a room of upcycled chandeliers

Artist Talk: Willie Cole

Saturday, May 25th @ 4:00

Willie Cole’s Solo Exhibition is on view at the Firestation until May 31st. Come to the Firestation to see Mr. Cole discuss his process and creative intentions in a public talk followed by question and answers from the audience. Guests are invited to bring water bottles to the gallery for upcycling into the next sculpture!

Stop by before the talk on Saturday for some live music with NJ hard bop jazz saxophonist Bill Penn, starting at 2:30!

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Music & Art in the Park: Postponed until May 18th

Saturday, 10:00 May 11th: 
MOVED TO RAIN DATE:  Saturday, May 18th, 10:00 – 1:00

Youth art exhibit; free arts, crafts & activities!
See the flyer for more information.

Held at the Riverbank Park in Newark, NJ
Sponsors: SPARK, ICC, SUMEI, Newark Public Schools, Essex County Parks Dept, Councilman Amador

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Portugal Day 2013

Artists: Come celebrate Portugal Day!
Bring your handmade arts & crafts

Friday, June 7th: 10:00-8:00
Saturday June 8th: 10:00-8:00
Sunday, June 9th: 10:00 – 7:00

This year marks the first year for the Portugal Day Arts and Crafts Fair. There will be handmade crafts and fine art by local artists. While you’re at the fair, you can relax to the sounds of music and enjoy an assortment of foods and beverages at the nearby restaurants and cafes.

To register download the following application, fill it out and send it to Sumei: sumeisubmissions@gmail.com

APPLICATION: FRONT // BACK

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IRONBOUND UNBOUND #5

Our 5th annual IRONBOUND UNBOUND will run during the Newark Arts Council’s Open Doors Studio Tour 2014, opening October 10, 2014 at the Prospect St. Firestation. 16 artists will participate.

The exhibition will be featured in Sumei’s Ironbound Unbound Art Magazine.

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Linda Jacobs: Kearny, New Jersey

In celebration of the 350th anniversary of New Jersey and the rebuilding of the Pulaski Skyway, Sumei Art Center presents a program of exhibition, performance and history of the Pulaski Skyway and its place in New Jersey.  The question:  What is the iconic meaning of a Bridge?
Featuring the works of:

Linda Jacobs Lorin Roser & Nina Kuo
Antonio Rendeiro Kate Colabella
Anker West Linda Gottesfeld
Daniel A Lembo Lisa Cameron
Fermin Mendoza Marco Munoz
Franc Palaia Robert DiMatteo
Harry Prott Trix Rosen
John Bendel Zenna Broomer

 WORDS AND MUSIC

Music

Fátima Santos & José Luis Iglésias

A night of Portuguese Music and Poetry with Fátima Santos (vocals) & José Luis Iglésias (classical guitar).

The music of José Afonso, Adriano Correia de Oliveira, José Niza, José Luis Iglésias, and Teresa Silva Carvalho, and the poetry of António Gedeão, Fernando Pessoa, Alexandre O’Neill, and João S Martins.

 

 FILM AND DISCUSSION

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Branko and 111 First St. Movie Artists

Sumei presents “111 First Street: From Paris to Jersey City, They Showed No Love.” A film by Ironbound filmmaker and photojournalist Raul “Branko” Romero. The 111 First Street building was located at the Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City or WALDO neighborhood zone.
“You could say that landlords and politicians had created this Art Zone to fill the empty, abandoned warehouses with working artists. They couldn’t rent the spaces as apartments, and companies did not want to rent as warehouse or work space. When this land became valuable, the politicians and landlords unceremoniously declared the artists personae non-grata. They removed the Art Zone and historic building designations and passed new ones to allow new upper class, residential construction.

The film is 2 hours and 13 minutes, followed by a discussion with the artist.

 

This program is supported in part by the Newark Arts Council, the Ironbound Business Improvement District,  and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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