JUDITH HENRY: ME AS HER
WHEN: A free opening reception and art afternoon will be held on Sunday, April 17, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; On view through June 26, 2016
WHERE: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit
Judith Henry’s work examines celebrity, aging and identity. Visitors to Judith Henry: Me as Her will encounter what on first view appears to be black-and-white portraits of Amy Winehouse, Georgia O’Keefe, Julia Child and Lucille Ball. When viewed more closely, they will notice that the portraits are actually cut out images being used as a mask by the artist.
Posing behind the faces of well-known and accomplished women who have died, Judith Henry uses public locations near her Williamsburg, Brooklyn, home to stage these portraits. Her work raises questions in the viewer’s mind about the friction between our interior and exterior selves. The masks raise our awareness of our shallow understanding of celebrity figures and how little we really know about them despite their familiarity.
Judith Henry: Me as Her, is a solo exhibition of black and white photographs by this artist who chooses to remain hidden or masked within her work. The inclusion of the artist’s hands holding the masks reflects the artist’s aging process, and becomes a meaningful element in each portrait. Her hands allow us to reflect on aging in regards to feminine beauty and our own mortality.
Two other exhibits will also open including Recharging the Image: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection, which features the artwork of nationally-recognized African-American artists who have grappled with ways of representing personal, cultural and racial identity. All works are on loan from the Mott-Warsh Collection, a Michigan-based private collection. Also opening is Elizabeth Duffy: Maximum Security, a multi-media installation of work that investigates perceived ideas about security and poses questions about our culture of surveillance and incarceration.
Adult and children’s group tours for this and the Art Center’s other exhibitions are available throughout the year. Visit www.artcenternj.org for more information. Gallery Hours: Monday – Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursday 10:00am – 8pm; and Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4pm. Please call 908-273-9121 to confirm holiday hours.
Visit www.artcenternj.org for more information about these exhibitions and programs.
April 17, 2 pm – 4 pm
All ages are invited. Docents will be on hand so that visitors can learn more about the meaning and process behind the art. Participants can make their own hands-on art projects. ADMISSION: $5 per family.
Educational Gallery Tours
Adult and children’s group tours available in February. Visit www.artcenternj.org for more information. Gallery Hours: Monday – Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursday 10:00am – 8pm; and Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4pm. Please call 908-273-9121 to confirm holiday hours.
Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the WJS Foundation, Audrey & Zygi Wilf and the Wilf Family Foundation and Art Center members and donors.
About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For more than 80 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors and people with special needs every year.
IMAGE: Judith Henry, Lucille Ball in Williamsburg, 2014