HOBOKEN, NJ – As a allotment of the Hoboken Historical Museum’s “Collecting Hoboken” activity to certificate the community’s acquaintance of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum arrive bounded artists to transform disposable face masks into one-of-a-kind artworks and abide them to the Museum for a approaching exhibition: “Every Affectation a Blank Canvas.” Artists were asked to use the accepted disposable face masks begin at best biologic stores, and to transform them with the art media of their choice; assorted entries were allowed.
The Museum has called two co-winners and two runners-up to win a $250 prize. Co-winner Paul Leibow, Leonia created a beef collage in alloyed media to reflect the Black Lives Matter protests, and Noreen Heslin, Hoboken, hand-embroidered her affectation with a beauteous representation of a woman cutting a face affectation with a artful smile sewn on it.
The runners-up were Lily Zane, a Hoboken artisan who hand-embroidered her affectation with a chat billow aggressive by the capacity of the day, and Joan Vergara, a Jersey City citizen and apprentice at NJCU, who hand-painted her affectation with a woman cutting a affectation at a protest, with her anchor aloft and the words “Power to the People.”
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“It was a boxy choice—so abounding artists adapted these simple masks into works of art with altered media, absorption altered messages,” said Museum Director Bob Foster. “We accept that every article tells a adventure and these masks will acquaint a adventure of what’s accident in apple appropriate now.”
The masks will become allotment of the Museum’s collections and may be included in the accessible exhibition, allotment of the Museum’s real-time, army sourced accession activity to certificate the acquaintance of bounded association during the accessible bloom crisis acquired by the common COVID-19 pandemic.
The accessible is arrive to contribute, application a committed website for administration articulate histories, photos, videos and added artifacts of the aeon we are active through, as we all apprentice to cope with the new restrictions and bloom measures brash by accompaniment and bounded bloom authorities to abbreviate the advance of the virus.
“Over time, our ambition is to aggregate objects, articulate histories, aesthetic responses and added that we can affectation in a attendant display at a approaching date, abundant like our Superstorm Sandy display in 2013,” Foster added.
In Phase 2 of the state’s communicable restrictions, the Museum has reopened at half-capacity six canicule a week, 2 – 7 pm on Tues. – Thurs., 1 – 5 pm on Fridays, and apex – 5 pm on weekends. Visitors charge abrasion masks, accumulate a safe 6-foot ambit and use duke sanitizer. For the time being, all programs are ONLINE ONLY, such as tours, contest and lectures for adults and children. An adapted agenda of contest and an online archive of abounding items in its collections are accessible at www.hobokenmuseum.org.
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