Araki May 4 Lead Image

Mana Contemporary is new to the NYC contemporary art scene. A 1.8 million square foot former tobacco warehouse transformed into one of the largest artist-designed and run facilities in the nation, Mana currently houses more than 70 contemporary artist studios, four galleries, a dance studio, a beer garden, several photography studios, workshops, a café and more.

Doors are open to the public on weekdays, and quarterly, on weekends for major events. One of these quarterly openings is this Saturday May 4, from 1–7 pm. Art openings at Mana Contemporary differ from typical museum openings because Mana is dedicated to showcasing the process of creating art, not just the final product.

Guests who attend the event will be able to see three provocative exhibits, meet over 70 artists inside their studios, listen to live music in the beer garden, watch metal being poured in Mana’s new foundry, and so much more. Here’s a few more details about each of the featured exhibitions opening this weekend:

Nobuyoshi Araki
The largest and most comprehensive survey of the legendary Japanese photographer to be held in the U.S featuring more than 100 works from a private collection.

Andres Levin (Music Has No Enemies)
The Grammy award-winning producer presents live music in the Mana Contemporary beer garden featuring Cucu Diamantes, Slavic Soul Party, Forro in the Dark and a special appearance by Los Hanky Pankys.

ESKFF Presents: Obsession
What compels one to collect contemporary art? The Eileen S. Kaminsky Family foundation offers a window into the mind of five passionate collectors.

Voices from the Interior: Palestinian Women Artist
The Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA) presents an unprecedented showcase of video art by six Palestinian women living and working in Israel.

Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Mana Contemporary will provide free shuttle service beginning at 12:30 p.m. from Milk Gallery at 450 West 15th Street, New York, NY 11011.

This event is free and open to the public.


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