Return to the Mothership
Curator: Tris McCall

Dates: March 1 – 24, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 5– 9 PM During JCFriday
The gallery will be open Saturday & Sunday from 1:00-4:00, March 2 & 3.

March 9 & 10 – Gallery will be open 1:00-4:00
March 10 – Panel Discussion 2:00 – 3:00 during open hours.
March 16 & 17 – Gallery will be closed but can be accessed by appointment.
March 23 – Gallery will be open 1:00 – 4:00 pm
March 24 – Closing event beginning at 1:00 pm.

Curator’s Statement: The Arts Center at 111 First Street called itself the heart of creativity in Jersey City. It was no idle boast. While it stood, it was a hub of activity for painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, and others engaged in radical acts of seeing and being. The community living and working at 111 imparted its offbeat, restless, open-hearted personality to the city. That was more than fifteen years ago, and the town has since changed. But if you know how to look, you can still see the peculiar imprint of 111 First Street all over Jersey City. After the demolition, the displaced tenants of 111 didn’t stop pushing themselves; they continued to challenge themselves and their audiences. Though many of them have moved far away, it’s always rewarding to check in on what they’re doing now. Because in telling their stories, we’re telling ours. Tris McCall

Curator’s Bio: Tris McCall is proud to write for two fiercely independent publications: and the Jersey City Times. He’s written about art, architecture, performance, politics, and public culture for many other outfits, too, including the Newark Star-Ledger, the Bergen RecordJersey Beat, the Jersey City Reporter, the Jersey Journal, the Jersey City Independent, and New Jersey dot com.  He also concerns himself with things that have no relevance to New Jersey. Not today, though.

Participating Artists: Paul Caranicas, Sandra DeSando, Maggie Ens, Ed Fausty, Elaine Hansen, Shandor Hassan, Kay Kenny, LandesSullivan, Andrzej Jerzy Lech, Elizabeth Onorato, Albert Pedulla, James Pusterino, Bill Rybak, Jill Scipione, Julie Terestman, and Loura van der Meule.

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