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Dissonance – Art│Craft│Design│Performance│New Media
This exhibition is currently available through a virtual catalog, however you will be able to experience it in person when the Museum reopens.
The term dissonance describes the tension that arises from the arrangement of discordant elements, which can enrich our appreciation of harmony through added color and complexity. While dissonance is most fundamentally understood as a musical quality, the tension and restlessness it implies can be expressed visually, verbally, or performatively. Parallels to musical dissonance in other creative practices may be seen in the treatment of color, the choice of materials, the construction of texture, the juxtaposition of words, the choreography of movement, or the topic of reference.
Inspired by this concept, the exhibition Dissonance—Art | Craft | Design | Performance | New Media: The 2020 New Jersey Arts Annual features 59 works by 35 artists that encompass qualities of “discord, tension, instability, and conflict,” thought to “aptly fit the moment in which we find ourselves (during the COVID-19 crisis), as individuals, as institutions, as a nation, as a culture.” The tensions of diversity, geography, and history indicate that our collective future—of our world, our nation, our state and its citizens—remain tantalizingly malleable. The work chosen for this exhibition demonstrate how creative thinking grows from uncertainty, challenges the status quo, and aspires toward artistic revelation.
The exhibition is organized into six general categories: Performance, Abstraction, Figural Realism, Points of View, Object-Based, and Photography. Through the wide breadth of materials, styles, and subject matter explored by the selected artists, an “organized cacophony” of distinct artistic excellence emerges in the 2020 New Jersey Arts Annual. Curated by Lowery Stokes Sims, Independent Curator and Art Historian, and Dr. Cleveland Johnson, Executive Director of the Morris Museum, Dissonance—Art | Craft | Design | Performance | New Media presents a multi-disciplinary selection of new works that highlight the creativity of the visual and performing arts of New Jersey today.
METC is a history museum specifically about New Jersey and the people who lived and worked here from the colonial era through the age of industrialization. And as such, we explore, interpret and help our visitors understand the history and culture of the past and how it impacts our lives today. We are fortunate to have a robust collection of artifacts from which we can craft a story and create interpretive and informative exhibits that fulfill our mission.
The Museum features a number of permanent exhibits, described below. We also mount special exhibits in our Main Gallery, which rotate approximately twice a year. There is always something new to see here at METC – please stay tuned for what is coming up next!
Working the Land: Life, Family & Change in Early 1800s New Jersey
This is METC’s newest exhibit, installed Spring 2019. This exhibit tells the stories of those men and women who lived in New Jersey during the early 1800’s, exploring the tools and strategies that helped the people of the time meet the challenges of working the land. One of the focal points is discussions about “moments of change” which include new technologies, innovations, adaptations and breakthrough inventions that would eventually alter people’s lives.
Working with award winning exhibit designers, graphic artists, master millworkers and technicians, the new exhibit presents a story of daily life, struggle, ingenuity, families, hard work, and the human connection to the earth.
Explore our exhibit online! Click here to take 3-D tour of Working the Land: Life, Family & Change in Early 1800s New Jersey.
The Heritage Commission features mini-exhibits in display cases in the County Administration and Records Building in Morristown and at the Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Ave, Whippany, NJ. Some of these exhibits are prepared with the help of other county historical organizations.
Visit the exhibit spaces in the Administration and Records Building and on the 1st and 2nd floor of County Library.
The Heritage Commission has an online exhibits program. The virtual exhibits enhance topics presented in the static displays at the County Administration and Records Building and County Library, and provide a new way to learn about Morris County history. Heritage Commission staff members research, develop, and present these exhibits, often working with area historical societies, museums and libraries to create stories using virtual material and physical objects for public education and enjoyment. The commissioners and staff hope you will enjoy the new online exhibits.
Living, Learning, Working, Serving: The Women of Macculloch Hall
March 1-August 2, 2020
On August 26, 1920, the U.S. officially adopted the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Loving, Learning, Working, Serving commemorates this centennial anniversary by celebrating the Macculloch/Miller women who combined a dedication to family with a commitment to charity, community and ultimately, women’s suffrage.
Loving, Learning, Working, Serving explores the lives and works of Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863), Mary Louisa Macculloch Miller (1804-1888), Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942), Dorothea Miller Post (1878-1947) and Charlotte Miller Bowler (1880-1942) as well as the enslaved women and female servants who lived and worked at Macculloch Hall.
The letters, documents, photographs, and objects on display record these women’s lives as they raised families, founded organizations, played music, wrote literature, and supported the political and civic organizations of their day through social activism. These materials reflect the everyday details that give us a bridge to the past and bring the previous generations to life
Gallery at 14 Maple, Morristown- Seeing the Unseen
The exhibit features works by a diverse and distinguished group of artists, many of whom have also had careers as curators, documentary photo journalists, and artists deeply concerned by injustice. The ten artists featured in this show include Jeffrey Campbell (Wanaque), Patricia Cazorla (New York), Angeles Cossio (Jersey City), Hanna von Goeler (Montclair), Grace Graupe-Pillard (Keyport), Tian Hui (South Orange), Ed Kashi (Montclair) , Nancy Saleme (New York), Nyugen Smith (Jersey City), and Wendel White (Galloway). Each artist brings a unique perspective to the theme of seeing the unseen, depicting people and aspects of our world that often remain “invisible” in our society.
Atrium Gallery, Morristown
As of January 2008, at the request of the County Administrator’s Office and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Morris Arts assumed oversight for planning exhibitions at the Atrium Art Gallery, housed in the Morris County Administration & Records Building on Court Street in Morristown. Located on Floors 2-5 of the County’s Administration and Records Building, the Atrium Gallery offers 4-5 exhibits per year which showcase works in varied media by a wide variety of artists including African-American artists, high school students throughout the county (in a professionally juried show), emerging and established individual professional artists, artists with disabilities, Latin American artists, and member artists of various art associations within the county. The Gallery also includes a unique, multi-story open Atrium stairwell area which has allowed the inclusion of unusual art installations such as large mobiles, banners, quilts, and the like. Most of the artwork is available for sale. Free catalogues, in both standard and LARGE PRINT versions (with information on the artists and the works on display) are available to the public in the elevator lobby of each floor and on tables in the seating area on the fifth floor.The Atrium Gallery is located in the Morris County Administration and Records Building on 12 Court Street, Morristown. The exhibit is free and open to the public during business hours, Mondays-Fridays from 8:30am-4:30pm. For more information, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert at [email protected] or by phone at (973) 285-5115, ext. 10.
We are delighted to share this new link which allows people to to see (and purchase) the vibrant artworks in Art in the Atrium’s Dream With Your Eyes Open exhibit: https://artintheatrium.org/shop
FOSTERFIELDS LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, THE WILLOWS
HISTORY OF THE BLACK RIVER GORGE AT COOPER MILL VISITOR CENTER
Do not miss the exhibit at the Cooper Mill Visitor Center. A wonderful addition to the tour of Cooper Mill, the History of the Black River Gorge sets the stage for a pleasant walk on Patriots Path. Colorful panels highlight the natural and industrial history of the Black River Gorge around Cooper Mill. Learn about the importance of Milltown, the community which sprang up around the Cooper Mill, and the families that lived there. Explore the history of the mining industry, transportation through railroads, old highways and smaller industries such as the Woolen Mill. Included in the exhibit are artifacts discovered along the bridge farther down on Patriots Path.
THE FRELINGHUYSEN ARBORETUM HAGGERTY EDUCATION CENTER
HAGGERTY EDUCATION CENTER CARRIAGE HOUSE
Experience the magnificent display of George and Sarah Ballantine Frelinghuysen’s collection of the Brewster & Company carriages in the original Frelinghuysen Carriage House. This exhibit offers a glimpse into the past, when horse drawn carriages were the main method of transportation. These five beautiful carriages, which date from 1895-1908, are displayed alongside pictures showing the vehicles in use by the family on the estate. Matilda and Peter, the children of Sara and George Frelinghuysen, were also avid horse riders and their original riding gear, and monogrammed riding tack can be found on display in the Carriage House as well. This exhibit was developed with support from the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and the Garden Club of Morristown.
HISTORIC SPEEDWELL, THE VAIL FACTORY AND THE TELEGRAPH
Discover the Factory Building’s place in telecommunications history, as the “Birth Place of the Telegraph.” Floor to ceiling exhibit panels and nearly 30 interactives allow visitors of all ages to explore, engage, and enjoy as they learn about the mechanics of the telegraph, the struggle to make the machine a success, and its influence on modern communication. Through an animated video game, work with Samuel F.B. Morse and Alfred Vail to test and demonstrate the telegraph to the public for the first time on January of 1838. The exhibit incorporates original telegraph artifacts, touchscreen games, interactive activities, and historic photographs to tell the story of a pivotal moment in American history.
THE SPEEDWELL IRONWORKS: A HISTORY OF WORKERS AND WORK
Enjoy the exciting story of innovation, exploration and experimentation that took place at the Speedwell Ironworks throughout the nineteenth-century. Metal exhibitory, industrial artifacts and immense wooden casting patterns paint the picture of a thrilling time in early industrial America. Floor to ceiling diagrams illustrate the casting process and portray the dangerous art of ironworking. Learn how under the direction of Ironmaster Stephen Vail, the Speedwell Ironworks made an important contribution to the advance of railroads and steam-power industries. Don’t miss this impressive exhibit that tells the stories of an industrial complex which today remains only through its ruins and stories preserved at Historic Speedwell.
Step back into a time of inspiration, innovation, and the birth of industry in the elegant Vail House, home of Stephen Vail. The home’s furnishings capture the history of the homestead of Stephen Vail and his family from 1844 to 1864. Originally built in 1790, the house was remodeled by Stephen and provides a glimpse into his creative endeavors and use of cutting edge industrial technology. Through the original Vail furnishings, the home illustrates Stephen’s entrepreneurial spirit by portraying the evidence of his constant tinkering. The seasonally rotating displays and thematic exhibits illuminate history, culture, industry, science and art of the 19th century so people of all ages can participate in a timeless experience.