Gallery Aferro is an artist-originated organization serving a diverse community through the import and export of ideas. We offer exhibition and events, a studio residency program, educational offerings, a publication line and a public art program.
The mission of Gallery Aferro is to bring cultural education and aesthetic engagement with contemporary issues to all people equally, and to create an environment where artists can gather and share physical and intellectual resources. We are working towards an arts community that is available to everyone, without sacrificing standards or quality of experience.
On and off-site exhibitions feature local, national and international artists and include a wide range of connected events such as screenings, performances, artist talks and workshops. Our year-round residency program connects artists with large workspaces and an alumni network that includes, to date, three Fulbright recipients. Educational offerings, in addition to K-12 and adult tours, include Identity Blueprint, a young women’s photography and animation intensive. Our publication line consists of exhibition catalogs, artist books, essays, Aferro Editions, and a sound art CD. Our newest program, Activate: Market Street, transforms hundreds of linear feet of vacant storefront space on our block with kinetic, film, new media and sculptural installations on view day and night.
Outside Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street, Newark NJ
Oct. 11 6pm-10pm
Oct. 12, 12pm-6pm
Oct. 13, 11am-4pm
Outside the Robert Rauschenberg Project Space, 455 West 19th Street New York, NY
October 15, 6pm-8pm
Gallery Aferro presents GhostFood, a participatory performance by Miriam Simun and Miriam Songster that explores eating in a future of food scarcity and biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. GhostFood is a food truck that serves, via wearable device, simulated taste experiences of foods threatened with extinction due to the effects of climate change. Scents of threatened foods will be paired with climate change-resilient food stuffs, and exchanged for ideas with the public.
Miriam Simun is a research-based artist investigating the implications of socio-technical and environmental change. She has exhibited and lectured widely, and is a 2013 Creative Capital Grantee in the Emerging Fields for her project EAT YOUR FUTURE. Miriam Songster applies her background in sculpture, video and installation to the creation of scent-based immersive works that engage with the themes of minimalism, site-specificity, and the multi-faceted nature of sensory perception.
Ballroom Marfa; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; The Public Concern Foundation; Takasago International Corporation; Monell Chemical Senses Center; NextFab Studio; Porex Corporation; Whole Foods.
Gallery Aferro is supported by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Newark Arts Council, The Prudential Foundation, and The Puffin Foundation.