Opening Day: Newhouse Center Spring 2021 Exhibitions

Celebrate the grand re-opening of the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor on April 24, with the launch of two new exhibitions exploring the work of local artists Jill Jichetti and Zoë Tirado. Opening Day will feature music from DJ Channels & Winds and Jahtiek Long, gallery tours, and an opportunity to reconnect with your friends, neighbors, and art lovers across Staten Island.

WHERE: Festivities will take place in Shinbone Alley.  The exhibitions are located in the Newhouse Center’s Building G. Gallery visits will be held 20 people at a time by sign-up at the entrance to Building G.

WHEN: April 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Exhibitions will be on view through July 25, 2021. The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art is open Friday – Saturday, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM through December 31, 2021.

ADMISSION: FREE to attend Opening Day! | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Masks and social distancing are required for all attendees. Advanced registration is required to attend. This event will adhere to city and state guidelines related to COVID-19.

Zoë Tirado: Ghoulfriends highlights the underground, creative, queer and diverse people on Staten Island that often are unnoticed by the local community. The paintings and mixed media on display comes from past photos of Halloween parties, costumed events and performances. Tirado writes, “these photos reflect my friends and peers as their truest and most bold selves, unafraid, and free to be weird.” Tirado is a multidisciplinary artist living in Staten Island, New York. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts in 2014. Her work is self-reflective and deeply personal; often referencing her own search to define womanhood and femininity, Zoë’s work explores the female body, the abject, and identity.

Drawing from creative non-fiction, aphorisms, conceptual art, and community-based practices, JillWrites: On Art & Poetics is a meta-performance in the quest to delineate, document, and describe the self.  Jill Jichetti, under the name JillWrites, is a writer and installation artist whose work explores the performativity of digital media. Jichetti has been working in self-portraiture through digital photography since 2005, before social media became mainstream. In this work, Jichetti prompts important philosophical questions on post-modern and post-cyber notions of subjectivity.

Zoë Tirado: Ghoulfriends and JillWrites: On Art & Poetics are both made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. JillWrites is made possible in part by a DCA Art Fund grant from Staten Island Arts, with public support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Snug Harbor arts programming is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, HumanitiesNY, The New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.