Brilliant saris, shawls, and accessories in a profusion of colors and patterns will be the highlights of this exhibition. They include rich gold and silver brocades, intricately hand woven and tie-dyed silks, luxurious velvet and lace, gossamer cottons, and beautifully patterned embroideries.
Illusions are surprising and intriguing. They distort our senses and mystify our logical thinking. This mind bending exhibition explores how the human mind can be fooled through optical illusions, a magician’s sleight of hand, and an artist’s distortion of perspective. Hands-on, interactive stations will invite visitors to test the boundaries of clarity and confusion.
Artists, magicians, and illusionists have been tricking the human eye for centuries. From the trompe l’oeil paintings of the Baroque period, to the Op-Art illusions of the 20th century, artists have distorted the viewer’s perception to create masterpieces of illusion. Magicians, using “sleight of hand” in the same way artists use hue, value, and perspective, have delighted spectators with seemingly impossible tricks. Similarly, contemporary illusionists have harnessed technology and animation to augment reality in logically defying ways. This exhibition will invite visitors to explore how these visual stunts distort perception.
Image: Leviant’s Enigma. This illusion is based on the painting “Enigma,” by Isia Leviant, 1984. Stare at the center magenta disk and you will see faint dots swirling around the purple circles. They can suddenly change direction, too. French artist Isia Leviant created this image in 1984, after being influenced by the Mackay Effect.
The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1974 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines. This exhibit features twenty images from the winning submissions of the year.
Train enthusiasts of all ages will marvel at the spectacular 288-square foot interactive model train display. Take a trip through the city, small towns, and the countryside.
During the heyday of mechanical musical instruments, New Jersey manufacturers were located in diverse communities such as Jersey City, Garwood, Rahway, Bradley Beach, Hoboken and West Orange. Explore the nation’s desire for music on demand, and how New Jersey manufacturers met that need.
New Jersey Music Makers, July 16
Image: Olympia 15-1/2″ Disc Music Box, c1898-1900, F.G. Otto & Sons, Jersey City, NJ, 2003.18.183a-c
POTTERY BY ALBERT GREEN
For more than fifty years until his death in 1994, Albert Green produced works of genius that continue to influence the ceramic world today. Through years of experimentation and study, Albert was able to teach himself the intricacies of clay and glazes. Simple utilitarian forms – the bowl, the bottle, the plate – became Albert’s canvases, allowing him to concentrate on the interplay of color and design which graces the surface of every piece.