Jersey City Artists Nyugen E. Smith and Jacqueline Arias Represent at Newark Studio Tour

The art party is moving to Newark. The city’s Open Doors Studio Tour, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, kicked off last night with a sneak preview of the exhibition Call & Response at 570 Broad Street. The four-day festival features more than 300 artists participating in events including group shows, site-specific exhibitions, live performances, and music.

According to a gaggle of mainstream media sources, Newark is the up-and-coming art scene, attracting artists from New York City to California in need of affordable spaces. As Redman boasts, “Jersey — that’s whassup, Brick City!”

Check out “Letting Go,” an outdoor art event, which occupies an entire square block in downtown Newark. The temporary exhibition features visual and performance art on slabs of concrete, vacant lots, and street corners. Like Occupy Wall Street, “Letting Go” reminds us that public spaces serve as the base for diverse social interactions and the free exchange of ideas.

Artists Nyugen E. Smith and Jacqueline Arias are representing Jersey City. Like Sally Field in the film Sybil, Smith is channeling multiple spirits in his performance about the Haitian Revolution. Never an artist to shy from a challenge, Smith is channeling all parties, from Haitian rebels to French occupiers to the slaves and mulattos caught between.

If you want to learn more about what makes Arias tick, come to the event. In the outdoor exhibition, Arias has placed a series of videos, sound installations, and performances, which reveal clues about the artist’s life.

“Letting Go,” which is presented by Rogue Video and Performance, will take place Saturday from 3 to 9 pm on Halsey Street, New Street, Central Avenue and Broad Streets in Newark.

Brendan Carroll

an artist and a writer. In 2006, he cofounded Agitators Collective, which creates site-related installations in urban locales that have fallen into neglect or dereliction. He has exhibited his work at a number of museums and galleries in New York and New Jersey, and his work has been featured in several periodicals, including The New York Times, Village Voice, Art Fag City and Time Out New York. Find him online at