PHOTOS: Open Artist Studios at Mana Contemporary October 2015

If you missed the open house at Mana Contemporary on Sunday October 18, take heart. JCI has put together a brief recap below along with photos from a few of the exhibits. Some of the current exhibitions will be on view until late December, and others through 2016. Mana Contemporary (888 Newark Ave), located in the Marion section of Jersey City, is included in the Fall print issue of JCI Magazine, available at our distribution locations.

Lily Rattok said she fell in love with the boiler room. Together with her partner, musician Ziv Yonatan, they transfigurated the basement at Mana into a Kafkaesque sound and light space entitled “Tick Talk.” Yonatan provided the musical score and Rattok imparted the visuals.

In “Tick Talk” moving images are projected onto boiler tanks, walls and from the depths of the abyss on the far end of the space. Klezmer music – singular clarinet notes, waif throughout the room. A surreal clock without numbers is high on the corner wall. It questions time – how much we have and how much remains.

On the first floor of the massive 5,000 square foot gallery are the cross and angel paintings by contemporary Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer. The time frame of the work ranges from 1985 to 2000.

“Part I: Reasonable Sized Paintings,” curated by Phong Bui, represents work by artists that create paintings which are diminutive in size. Artists include: Joshua Abelow, Peter Acheson, Etel Adnan, Ellen Altfest, Tom Burckhardt, Rackstraw Downes, Helmut Federle, Robert Feintuch, Mark Greenwold, Josephine Halvorson, Merlin James, Bill Jensen, Katy Moran, Thomas Nozkowski, Ann Pibal, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, James Siena, and Robert Storr.

In the ESKFF Gallery (named for Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation) on the fifth floor is “Here’s Looking Back at You: Images of Woman from the ESKFF Collection,” curated by Saul Ostrow.  Artists include Marina Abramović, Chitra Ganesh, Julie Heffernan, Noriko Ito, Nicky Nodjoumi, and Christian Vincent.

The top floor includes archives of the Magnum Foundation as well as a satellite office and archive facilities of the International Center of Photography (ICP). The ICP show “The Early Years of Rhythm and Blues: Photographs by Benny Joseph from the Documentary Arts Collection” consists of stunning black-and-white prints by Houston photographer Benny Joseph, chronicling R&B artists from 1950s and 1960s.

Check out photographs from the recent open studio day at Mana below. For more details and exhibition times, visit

Photos Steve Gold. Top Photo: “Here’s Looking Back at You” Images of Woman from the ESKFF Collection

Steve Gold

specializes in documentary photography and portraiture. He is a regular contributor to the Jersey City Independent and his photographs have appeared in the Jersey Journal, New York Daily News, and other newspapers and weeklies. You can see more of his more on his website popzero photography.