Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery
Visitors to Krakow might easily spend their entire trip within the confines of the Old Town’s medieval main square, where they’ll find the Gothic spires of St. Mary’s Basilica, the tiny early-Romanesque Church of St. Adalbert, and the Renaissance-style Cloth Hall, which today houses the National Museum’s Gallery of 19th-century Polish Art. For sustenance, it’s simple to land at one of the many restaurants and cafes that ring the square; most offer outstanding views and, predictably, overpriced food and drinks.
Instead, walk two blocks down Plac Szczepanski to the edge of the Old Town, where a blocky complex houses the Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery (bunkier.art.pl; admission 10 zloty, or about $3 at 3.25 zloty to the dollar). The structure is not dissimilar to a war bunker — hence, the name — and is one of the best places to track down contemporary art and cultural events in the city. Inside, you might see a simulation of the world after the fall of capitalism, or a site-specific Dada collage accessed through a long, dark hallway.
Outside, the museum’s adjoining Bunkier Café is a pleasant place for a light lunch or postgallery coffee break. With sandboxes for the children and Polish beers for their parents, it is a local favorite and a much cooler alternative to the crowded main-square spots. The mismatched tables set on a wide patio — enclosed and heated in the winter, open-air in the summer — provide ideal perches for people-watching as strollers cross the leafy Planty Park, which encircles the Old Town. INGRID K. WILLIAMS
Caldwell – The Caldwell College Visceglia Gallery and the Caldwell College Art Department will present “Blessed Are the Artists: Spirituality and Religion in Contemporary Art” this fall at the Visceglia Gallery and Jennings Library, located on the campus at 120 Bloomfield Ave.
The opening will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, and the event will run through Nov. 10. Admission and parking are free.
The group exhibition will examine the role of religion in contemporary art and how artists use the language of religious traditions: theology, symbolism, allegory and ethics. It will look closely at the alliance of religion and art from the perspective of the major world religions. “Blessed Are the Artists” will showcase the different ways that artists use the “blessing” of their talent to investigate the role of religion in personal and public lives.
Among the participating artists is Sister Gerardine Mueller, Order of Preachers, professor emeritus of art at Caldwell College, who founded the college’s Art Department in 1963. Under her leadership, Caldwell became the first college in New Jersey to offer a bachelor of fine arts degree. Her work has been seen in churches, colleges, universities and museums around the world.
October 11-November 10, 2012
Opening: Thursday, October 11, 5-7pm
Curated by Yulia Tikhonova, Curator in residence 2012-13
The Visceglia Gallery at Caldwell College
120 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 7006
Gallery Hours: daily 9am-5pm
Tina Kim Gallery
- Eemyun Kang
- Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
- Joanna M. Wezyk
- Kibong Rhee
- Kyung Jeon
- Marc André Robinson
- Yeondoo Jung
11 – 14 October 2012Regent’s Park, London, UK
Caldwell – The Caldwell College Visceglia Gallery and the Caldwell College Art Department will present “Blessed Are the Artists: Spirituality …