NEWARK—Attend an exhibition opening, Watch a performance, catch a movie, gaze at a planetarium show or participate in a science or art activity all throughout the month of July at the Newark Museum.
The museum is the place to be all through July as it transports visitors up to the stars for a planetarium show, takes them on a trip to another country through multi-cultural performances and introduces them to the worlds of science and art through special lectures and programming. There is something for everyone and every age.
On July 1, visitors will be able to view the second centennial commission, “Party Time: Re-Imagine America” by the internationally celebrated artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. Visitors to the museum will encounter an imagined scene of a late 19th century formal dinner party midway through a lavish multi-course meal. A commentary on greed and excess accompanying American industrialization, the tableau captures a moment in which proper Victorian etiquette has given way to misbehavior and even debauchery.
The 2009 Summer Drop-In Program for Kids will open children’s eyes to “Tiny and Tremendous Treasures,” inspired by its 100 Amazing Objects Guide. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, July 8 to July 31, kids can create their own art masterpieces to take home inspired by treasures from China, Africa and Egypt as well as from colonial America. They can also participate in a variety of science activities about birds and their migration patterns.
The Newark Museum will also offer several special summer performances Fridays at 1 p.m. in July. Youngsters can watch the Catskill Puppet Theatre in “Hiawatha,” about an enchanting play based on an Iroquois hero on July 10.
Learn about the art and culture of Uganda on July 17 when Ssuunna: Eda Ne Kakati (From the Past to the Present) takes the stage. The group will take visitors on a journey to this African nation through song, dance, music, costumes, stories and games.
The audience will be involved in the show on July 24 when Freestyle Repertory Theatre presents ‘Theatresports:Improv Your Mind,” and kids can get down to the beat when Exit 9 presents “Beyond the Beat,” a high-energy percussion ensemble July 31. Camp groups are welcome, but there is limited seating. Call (973) 596-6550.
The Museum’s Planetarium will also take visitors to another dimension with its many special shows and programs. Visitors can view the sun through the Museum’s out-of-this-world Solar Telescope at project Sunscope, Thursdays July 2 through July 30 from noon to 1:30 pm. Or check out Far Out Fridays!
These fun astronomy activities will take place under-the-tent in the science gallery. A special Summer Stargazing event is scheduled for July 24 from 9 pm to midnight (with a rain date of July 25) at Riker Hill Park in Livingston. Don’t miss a night out with the stars with the Museum staff.
Summer planetarium shows throughout the month of July include:
• “The Amazing Telescope: Two Pieces of GLASS,” a 30-minute program tracing the 400-year history of the telescope Wednesdays to Sundays at 1:30 pm. This show is for ages 10 and up.
• From Wednesdays to Sundays at 2:30 pm, kids ages 5 to 9 and their families can check out the 35-minute planetarium show “Sky Tellers,” which explores the wonders of the universe through the beauty of American Indian storytelling. The program will feature legends as well as scientific explanations for the origin of stars, constellations and the planets.
• Museum visitors can blast off and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing by taking their own fascinating journey to the moon in the new planetarium show “Lunar Odyssey,” shown at 3:30 pm Wednesday to Sunday. This show, recommended for ages 6 and up, will feature experts in lunar mythology, history, science and astronomy, who will take visitors on a guided tour of the Earth’s closest neighbor in space.
Planetarium show tickets are $3; $2 for children, students and seniors.
While taking in a planetarium show, visitors must also check out “SATURN: Exploring a Celestial Wonder,” the exhibit featured in the Planetarium gallery this summer. Exhibit hours are noon to 5 pm Wednesdays to Sundays.
“SATURN: Exploring a Celestial Wonder,” features photographs from the Cassini spacecraft, which is now exploring the countless rings and moons of the planet.
Museum goers can get ready to jazz up their summer with the Museum’s acclaimed Jazz in the Garden series offered Thursdays from 12:45 to 1:45 pm through July 30. Come relax in the Museum’s beautiful sculpture garden and get into the groove with bass player Nilson Matta-Brazilian voyage July 2; drummer T.S. Monk July 9; trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater & Quartet July 16; saxophonist Adam Niewood and his Rabble Rousers July 23 and saxophonist Lou Donaldson July 30. Suggested admission is $3; free for children and Museum members.
Adults will also have to make several visits to the Newark Museum during July for special programs offered just for them. These include lectures/symposia including “Art in Depth: Andy Warhol,” July 20 from 10:30 am to 4 pm which will explore the life and work of one of America’s best-known and most influential artists. Program speakers will include Michael Lobel, associate professor of art history at SUNY Purchase, New York; Thomas Sokolowski, director of the Andy Warhol Museum and Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California. Admission is $45; $35 for members. Morning or afternoon sessions only are $25. Box lunches are also available for $15 and must be ordered by July 15. Pre-registration is required for this program. For details, call (973) 596-6613.
Adults also won’t want to miss the Curators Choice Gallery Tours that offered Thursdays in July at 1:45 pm following the Jazz in the Garden series. These tours are related to the Newark Museum’s Year-Long Centennial Celebration. Tour participants should meet at the Museum’s south wing entrance. The tours will each take 15 to 20 minutes.
• On July 9, Christa Clarke, Senior Curator of Arts of Africa and the Americas and Curator, Arts of Africa, will focus on the Eagle Coffin by Kane Quaye, Ghana, 2006.
• On July 16, Ulysses Grant Dietz, Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts, will focus on the Roux Sideboard by Alexander Roux and the Aesthetic-style brass stand.
• On July 23, Mary Kate O’Hare, Associate Curator of American Art, will lead a tour with a focus on The Sheridan Theater, 1937 by Edward Hopper.
• The final curator’s tour is scheduled for July 30 with Holly Connor, Curator of 19th Century American Art, on the subject Twilight, and Short Arbiter Twixt Day and Night, 1850 by Frederick Church.
Regular public tours are scheduled Wednesdays-Fridays at 1 and 2:30 pm The 1 pm tours will be Objects Tells Amazing Stories at the Newark Museum while the 2:30 pm tours will be of the Ballantine House and Party Time: Re-Imagine America, a major sculptural installation created expressly by The Newark Museum by Yinka Shonibare MBE.
The Newark Black Film Festival will also celebrate its 35th anniversary with special adult film screenings Wednesdays from June 24 through July 29 at 7 pm Locations will vary. The Museum will also offer the Newark Black Film Festival Youth Cinema this summer with special screenings Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at the Newark Public Library and Wednesdays at 1 pm at the Museum from June 29 to July 29. Visit newarkmuseum.org for a full schedule.
Senior citizens will have a special program entitled The Secret Lives of Bees on Friday, July 10 from 1-4pm. Pre-registration is required by calling (973) 596-6613.
For more information on all of these wonderful programs at the Museum this summer, visit newarkmuseum.org.
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