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Each year the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey welcomes a wide variety of brilliant presenters to discuss current topics in the arts, humanities and the social sciences. Our hosts will include artists, art historians, curators, philosophers, writers, musicians, stage designers and more.

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Hear. Care. Act. The Black Lives Matter Movement in Museums

Thursday, February 18, 7 pm
Presented by Monica Montgomery, Founder and Director of the Museum of Impact, New York
What makes you care? Cultural institutions need to explore impacts of citizenship and activism to challenge visitor apathy and inspire real discussions around justice. Learn how the Museum of Impact used art and dialogue to reveal the complexities of the Black Lives Matter movement, humanizing the struggle against racial violence.
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Punk Rock or Power Suits? Fashion in the 1980s

Thursday, March 3, 7 pm
Presented by Nancy Deihl, Director of MA Program in Costume Studies, New York University
Fashion in the 1980s conveyed status and identity. An international roster of designers, including Armani, Lacroix, and Westwood, dressed fashion icons ranging from Nancy Reagan to Boy George. Meanwhile "yuppie" style influenced the return of classic luxury brands, and movies and television shows, such as Dynasty and Miami Vice, encouraged opulent, affluent fashion.
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Artistry of the Theatre: The Bandstand

Thursday, March 10, 7 pm
Presented by Mark Hoebee, Artistic Director, Paper Mill Playhouse
Join Paper Mill Playhouse's Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee as he explores the set and costume design for the exciting world premiere musical, The Bandstand, which opened the Playhouse's 2015-16 season. Immerse yourself in the fashion and style of the post-World War II era when hopes were high and swing was king!
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A Brief History of Black Characters & Creators in American Comic Books

Thursday, April 7, 7 pm
Presented by Darrell Goza, Teaching Artist and Founder of Goza Creative/ScriptGraphics
If the majority of comic book superheroes are all from the same race, heritage, or ethnicity, it sends the message that only one group is capable of heroism. Join graphic artist, Darrell Goza, as he explores the American history which shaped the comic book industry, and acknowledges the contributions of the characters and creators who have been overlooked.
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Maximum Security: Artist Talk

Thursday, April 21, 7 pm
Presented by Elizabeth Duffy, Spring Exhibiting Artist
Elizabeth Duffy will discuss her new body of work Maximum Security using aerial views of prisons to make quilts that pose questions about our culture of surveillance and incarceration. The artist will examine the high cost to societies deeply invested in incarceration.
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Mirror Effects: Inside Carrie Mae Weems's Self-Portrait

Do to circumstances beyond our control, this lecture has been cancelled.
Thursday, May 19, 7 pm

Presented by Jessica Bell Brown, Art Historian and Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University
Join art historian, Jessica Bell Brown, as she examines Carrie Mae Weems’s self-portrait, I Looked and Looked but Failed to See What so Terrified You, which will be on view in the Art Center’s spring exhibition. She will discuss Weems’s use of mirroring in the context of the documentary photographic tradition, alongside key projects by photographers LaToya Ruby Frazier and Gordon Parks.
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For more information, contact Cara Bramson, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at cbramson@artcenternj.org or 908.273.9121 x213.

Formerly the Thursday Evening Salon Series