"The Holocaust: A Retrospective,” a collection of original works by the late Newark-born artist Marcia Marx, will open in Newark for one month on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at the Jewish Museum of New Jersey. Artist Matthew Gosser, familiar to area residents for his group shows at NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design, curated the exhibit. Gosser is an adjunct professor at NJIT and curates most of the show in the gallery at the architecture school.
The effort was mounted in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 1, 2009. Such a show is arguably, the first exhibit of its kind in Newark. Marx, who passed away in 2005, was raised in Newark’s Weequahic section. She traveled the world painting and showcasing her unique artistic skills which integrated her interpretive eye with a natural sardonic wit.
She was inspired to create the Holocaust body of work entitled “Lottery” during a two-year battle with cancer. The exhibit, which previously appeared as a one-woman show at Houston’s Holocaust Museum, represents the Newark museum’s first major art exhibition.
Marx’s work has been critically acclaimed for its ability to represent the horror of the time and to allow for reflection. “Her work formed an emotional map of the Holocaust,” said art critic and author Donald Kuspit.
The Jewish Museum of New Jersey was founded in 2003 and is housed at Congregation Ahavas Sholom, a state and national landmark and the oldest continually-active synagogue in Newark. The museum is dedicated to portraying the rich cultural heritage of New Jersey's Jewish people. Through thematic exhibits and public education programs, the Museum promotes a broader understanding and a mutual respect among people of all backgrounds. Located at 145 Broadway, the Museum is accessible by public transit via NJ Transit Rail to Newark Broad Street Station, ½ mile north of Broad Street Station by NJ Transit Bus #13-Clifton. Off-street parking is available. For more information, call Max Herman (973 698-8489) or Gosser (973-482-0523).