Presented by the Morris Museum, New Jersey Then & Now, traces New Jersey’s depiction in representational art from the 18th century through today. Dan Bischoff reports in The Star-Ledger that the show is actually pretty funny. “You could say the irony that seems to dominate much of contemporary art had its origins here in the 1960s, with the Fluxus movement and Allen Kaprow, the Rutgers professor who invented happenings with the late New Brunswick sculptor George Segal, if not with Roy Lichtenstein and Pop. But ‘New Jersey Then & Now’ suggests there was always something funny about Jersey….” Don’t miss the Valeri Larko industrial landscapes, which Larko paints year-round on industrial sites throughout the state. When it’s really cold, she paints in the car. Read more.
“New Jersey Then & Now, ” co-curated by Ann Aptaker and Mikaela Sardo Lamarche. The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ. Through September 14. Artists include Grace Hartigan, Ben Shahn, Faith Ringgold, Leonard Baskin, Jacob Lawrence, Henry Gasser, Joseph Mora, Valeri Larko, George Segal , Chris Kappmeier, and others.