Wednesday, November 2, - Saturday, December 3, 2016
Opening Reception, Wednesday, November 2, at 7-9pm
The Pierro Gallery of South Orange
The Baird Center
5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079
Monday- Thursday 11-4pm & by appointment

“Know Your Place”- an idiom often used to keep people from challenging the status quo, seems particularly relevant in this election cycle just as one national party has for the first time in US history nominated a woman as a candidate for President while the opposing party's nominee stands charged with racism, bigotry and misogyny.   Curators Raleigh Ceasar and Sandy Martiny investigate the ways artists have responded to the election issues regarding race and feminism. Artists include: Aileen Bassis, Luis Alves Collage, Ronald Freeman, Evelyn Graves, Ruth Hardinger, Nette Forne Thomas, Trix Rosen, Florence Weisz, and Charmaine Wheatley.

The work pictured above is part of a series by artist Charmaine Wheatley. "30% Of Buffalo... Is Functionally Illiterate" features portraits of adult learners and tutors from Literacy Volunteers of Western New York and Erie County whose stories provide insight into how the ability to read can impact lives. One in three residents in Buffalo, NY is functionally illiterate. On a national level, between 41% and 44% of adults with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty. 60% of prison inmates are illiterate. 76% of adults on public assistance are illiterate or unable to read more than the simplest of texts.*

POL!T!CO is a collaboration showcasing four local arts organizations: SOPAC, The Pierro Gallery of South Orange, Arts Unbound and Valley ARts Firehouse Gallery.

This four-part exhibit gives artists a voice in some of the sizeable issues that are informing the 2016 presidential elections. The exhibitions can be enjoyed separately, as well as in conjunction.

POL!T!CO: ART & The Humanities
On view at The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery
September 8 – December 8, 2016
Explores the cultural influence of politics and the humanities through the uses of various mediums of visual art.

Arts Unbound, 544 Freeman St. Orange, NJ 07050
October 20 – November 19, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, October 20, 5pm to 8pm, Special screening of Jason DaSilva’s video, When We Walk, at 7pm
Explores political issues that impact people living with disabilities.

Firehouse Gallery, 580 Forest St, Orange, NJ.
October 20 – November 13, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday October 20 7 to 9pm
Explores the role of money in politics.

POL!T!CO Images

COMING SOON in November!

My Sense of Place

A community addendum to the exhibition, A Sense of Place: Kiki and Seton Smith at Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University

Sisters Kiki and Seton Smith return to the town they grew up in for a tribute exhibition of their distinguished artwork at Seton Hall’s Walsh Gallery in South Orange, NJ organized in collaboration with the Lennie Pierro Memorial Art Foundation. The show, A Sense of Place: Kiki and Seton Smith examines the question, “How does place irrevocably impact our sense of self?” Kiki Smith’s drawings and prints look to the natural world to understand the relationship between place and identity on a symbolic level. Seton’s large-scale photographs look to the built environment to convey associations by moving within and navigating through space.