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Trenton City Museum sets “NEXT: Reimagining the Future Through Art”

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To close out its year of 50th anniversary programming and celebrations, Trenton Museum Society looks forward with the new juried exhibition “NEXT: Reimagining the Future Through Art.”

Featuring 40 pieces by 30 artists, the show will be on view in Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie and online from Friday, Dec. 8, through Feb. 11.

Artists were asked to submit work that demonstrated how they used their art to explore new techniques or materials or to depict their view of the future. The result is an eclectic mix of works in digital art, sculpture, photography, painting, and – for the first time in a Trenton City Museum juried show – video.

Examples of works in the show include New York City audiovisual artist Kaya Pope’s short video “Awake,” inspired by the Afrofutrurist exploration of Sankofa “looking back to go forward” and envisioning a boundless, liberated future for Black people.

Lake Newton, of Memphis, Tenn., in the archival pigment print “Nowhere But Here,” says that the images are a reflection on our layered past and a meditation on our indeterminate future.

The “Next” exhibition will include a slate of related events beginning with an opening reception, Sunday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Visit ellarlsie.org/next for the “Next” online gallery and store, where most of the artwork is available for purchase.

Trenton City Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. While there is no admission charge, donations in support of the museum’s mission and programs are welcomed. Visit www.ellarslie.org for information.


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