Friday, September 19, 2014


Ocean CoralPulp Culture: Paper Is the Medium

WHEN: September 21 – December 7, 2014
The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown

Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium features the work of contemporary artists from both the United States and abroad as they stretch the boundaries of paper as a creative medium and source of inspiration. These aren’t works on paper; rather, these works are created of paper. (Erik Demaine and Martin Demain, Ocean Coral, 2013, Mi-tientes watercolor paper. Image courtesy of the artists.)

With more than 80 objects, Pulp Culture will include the work of papermakers, sculptors, and engineers. The materials on display will range from handmade paper pulp to folded paper to recycled paper and more. The exhibition will include works by Deborah Baldizar, who creates life-size figures out of reassembled cast paper that depict concealed feelings, and Pam Cooper, who explores the consequences of social networking in her three-dimensional houses made of homemade paper. Also on view will be the art of Wendy Wahl, who utilizes Encyclopedia Britannica in her work, and that of Melissa Jay Craig, who employs books almost in their entirety to create organic naturalistic forms. Using an array of materials and techniques, Pulp Culture will feature compelling works with stories ranging from the subtle to the stirring.

From what we read to what we wear, the “pulp culture” has grabbed a hold of the fashion world as well. The exhibition will include recycled paper dresses, milk carton corsets, and even a floor-length evening gown made from American currency. In addition, an example of the iconic Campbell’s Soup Souper Dress will be on view, showcasing the influence of pop art on 1960s fashion. Paper jewelry, including works by Kiff Slemmons, will also be featured.

The works of art in Pulp Culture are drawn from a wide range of sources including Jayne H Baum Gallery of New York, NY, browngrotta arts of Wilton, CT, Klein Sun Gallery of New York, NY, Mobilia Gallery of Cambridge, MA, and LMAKprojects of New York, NY.  International artists include Cristian Todié (French), Li Hongbo (Chinese), and Gijs Bakke (Dutch).

Support for the exhibition has been generously provided by Paterson Papers of Paterson, New Jersey and Mohawk. Throughout 2014, Paterson Papers is celebrating its 100th year in business. The company started out as a small push-cart operation peddling fine printing papers around Paterson, NJ and has grown into a much larger corporation serving printers and corporations (large and small) within the tri-state area. Today, Paterson Papers is still in the family under the leadership of the founder’s great grandson, Michael Prell, who works with sisters, Cynthia Prell and Genie Prell Weisz, as well.

As part of its 100th anniversary, Paterson Papers is sponsoring the exhibition Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium, in conjunction with its mill partner and another fourth-generation, family owned business, Mohawk Paper. Paterson Papers is excited to be associated with the Morris Museum’s exhibition which appreciates the works of talented artists who transform the ordinary paper it sells every day into something extraordinary.

Related Programs

Meet the Artists
Opening Reception, October 1, 6:30 PM

Studio Art Workshop
Art Books Accordion-Style: A Crafting Workshop
WHEN: October 5, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Super Science Saturday: Make your own Paper
WHEN: September 27, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
MEMBERS: FREE; NON-MEMBERS: $3/child plus museum admission

Get inspired by the exhibit Pulp Culture and then create your own paper. Appropriate for ages 5 and older.

Tot Tour: Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium
WHEN: October 17, 10:00 AM
FREE with Museum admission

Explore the variety of paper works exhibited and then create a paper collage.

Vacation Day Workshop: Create a paper collage
WHEN: November 7, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
: MEMBERS: $2/child; NON-MEMBERS: $3/child plus museum admission

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit