Aliveness: Spirit Catcher and Lumen-less Lantern

On Thursday, February 2nd, as part of its Aliveness series, Express Newark will host the opening reception for Willie Cole's art interventions, Spirit Catcher and Lumen-less Lantern, two large-scale, chandelier-like sculptures that address Newark's water crisis and our planet's plastic problem, and Things We Do in the DarkCinematic Experiments in Kinshipa film exhibition curated by cultural worker Farrah Rahaman that showcases over twenty video-based works by Black and Indigenous artists whose works explore the critical themes as racial solidarity, Black radical protest, and communal healing.

The opening reception will be held from 6-8 PM at Express Newark, located at 54 Halsey Street, 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 07102.

Inspired by scholar Kevin Quashie’s recent book, Black Aliveness, or a Poetics of Being, Express Newark's year-long programming of art installations, immersive films, public lectures, and community classes, reflects how the concept of Aliveness can be an innovative and timely exploration of contemporary art, racial freedom, and environmental justice.