Mana Contemporary Fall 2017 Open House

Mana Contemporary Open House

Mana Contemporary is proud to announce a new lineup of exhibitions, programming, and open studios premiering at Mana’s Fall Open House on October 15, 2017, from 1 – 8 pm. Suggested donation is $10, all donations support future exhibitions, residencies, and other arts programming.

Complimentary shuttle service will depart to Mana every half hour from Milk Studios (450 West 15th Street, in Manhattan) from 12:00–5PM. Returning shuttles from Mana will run every half hour from 2–8:00PM, back to Milk Studios.


A short video of last year’s Fall Open House at Mana Contemporary, Mana Open House – September 25, 2016:


Located at 888 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ, Mana Contemporary hosts two open houses each year during the spring and fall, which include special programs, performances, and open studios in addition to new and continuing exhibitions. Here are a few highlights for this year’s event:


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In partnership with Phong Bui and the Brooklyn Rail’s Rail Curatorial Projects, Mana Contemporary will open two large group exhibitions, Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, Part I and OCCUPY MANA: ½ = ½, PART I, installed in the Glass Gallery and throughout Mana’s main building (respectively).

Both exhibitions will serve as a collective protest of today’s political landscape, further exploring and responding to issues surrounding immigration, racial tensions, foreign relations, and the environment (among others).

Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, Part I and OCCUPY MANA: ½ = ½, PART I are among a total of seven new exhibitions, all opening on Sunday, October 15. Participating artists include Lauren Bon, Sam Durant, Jenny Holzer, Deborah Kass, Roxy Paine, Adam Pendleton, Hank Willis Thomas, and Diana Wege, along with local artists from Mana’s community and the New York area.

Mana Contemporary will also host solo installations by Song Dong and Li Jun in partnership with Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), which will include elements of live performance and installation. Other openings include the second part of an Iranian art exhibition series curated by Shahram Karimi entitled In Between (Part II): So Far, which highlights for women working in video art, along with two BSMT exhibitions: a solo show by BSMT New Media Program (NMP) resident Alex Czetwertynski and a group show curated by Omari Douglin and Rachel Miller.

The Florence Academy of Art at Mana, 3rd floor, presents Dean Cornwell: A Lasting Influence, also opening on October 15 and on view thru December 15, 2017. The exhibition features a total of eleven works on loan from the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, the Illustrated Gallery, the Salmagundi Club, and two private collections.

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American realist painter Daniel Graves established The Florence Academy of Art in 1991 as a means to provide superior instruction in classical drawing, painting, and sculpture. To complement its locations in Italy and Sweden, the institution opened its New York Metro campus at Mana in January 2015. FAA at Mana is an exact replica of the original academy in Florence, and is led by Academic Director Jordan Sokol, a graduate of the program, with painters Richard Greathouse and Amaya Gurpide as its principal instructors. Using the space’s copious natural light, students will undergo intensive figure drawing workshops over the course of their three-year curriculum. To learn more visit:


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Mana artists will open their studios to the public all day. Alex Merritt imaged here with new work is in Studio 334

Visit the Mana Contemporary website for further information on these and other exhibits at:


About Mana Contemporary

Mana Contemporary

Mana Contemporary is a leading arts destination dedicated to celebrating the creative process.

Based in a vast former tobacco warehouse, it unites artist studios, exhibition spaces, and ancillary services in a single location, facilitating conversation and collaboration among its burgeoning creative community.

Visitors receive unparalleled access to all projects occurring inside Mana, and experience a range of art-making techniques and presentations first-hand. A transparent, comprehensive hub of creativity, Mana offers a profound, personal approach to contemporary art.

Founded in 2011, Mana Contemporary is one of the largest and most innovative contemporary art organizations in the United States. Through its integrated architectural design, Mana offers exceptional services, spaces, and programming for the greater creative community. Its rapidly expanding flagship location in Jersey City, originally built in 1890, will eventually encompass a footprint of more than two million square feet.

Mana’s integrated hive structure allows for the exchange of ideas between artists and art world luminaries. Practitioners specializing in a variety of disciplines—including painting, sculpture, photography, dance, film, sound, and performance—work alongside each other in a forward-thinking environment that fosters experimentation, collaboration, and mutual inspiration.

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