Tomorrow (October 14th) at noon – The Center for Contemporary Art presents 945-Brown Bag Studio Visit with Suzanne Joelson

Tomorrow at noon, The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ will present a live lunchtime studio visit and artist talk with VCS faculty member Suzanne Joelson, whose work is also on display in the group exhibition Here and Now at the Center.

Here are the details on how to join the studio visit on Zoom, followed by information about the exhibition:


945-Brown Bag Studio Visit with Suzanne Joelson

12:00 PM-1:00 PM on Wed

Join The Center for this special behind-the-scenes, lunch-time studio visit with Suzanne Joelson, whose work is currently on view in the “Here and Now” exhibition. Learn about the artist’s process, see her works in progress, and ask any questions in real time.

“A former artist statement mentioned “order and the utter lack of it”. The past couple of years, months have provided more of a model of how systems build and deteriorate than I could have imagined.”

“I look for harmony, one vocabulary resonating with another, where translation is not seen as cultural appropriation but as a way to bridge unlikely comrades.”

“Disparate elements collaborate,
Maintain their integrity
While adjusting to a fragile order, a model of good government.
Adaptive equilibrium.”

-Suzanne Joelson

Suzanne Joelson grew up in Paterson NJ, painting, reading and fighting behind the gym. When she transferred to school in Englewood she was astonished by the rigor of the classes and the quantity of blonde hair. After graduating from Bennington College she set about working on scenery and lighting for theatre and dance, traveling with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, executing the designs of Johns, Rauschenberg, Morris Graves and Andy Warhol.

She was working with Dance Theatre of Harlem when her work was accepted for a show at the Drawing Center. Since then she has shown in NYC at Wolff Gallery, Debs & Co, and Studio 10 in Bushwick, as well as in Spain, India, Morocco and Turkey.

Joelson taught at Columbia and, for twelve years, in the Bard MFA program, but focuses her teaching now at SVA in NYC where she lives much of the year.

Awards include, the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tiffany Foundation.

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Current Exhibition

Here and Now

Curated by John Yau and Wes Sherman
September 11 – December 11
Virtual Opening Reception and Curator Talk via Zoom: Friday, September 11th at 6 p.m.

Artists: Chakaia Booker, Willie Cole, Chie Fueki, Evan Halter, Takuji Hamanaka, Barry Hazard, Suzanne Joelson, Judy Koo, Talia Levitt, Jessica Mensch, Phillip McConnell, Ilse Murdock, Nadia Haji Omar, William A. Ortega, Joyce Robins, Stephanie H. Shih, Francesca Strada, Tejaswini, Peter Williams


Join us for lunch time behind-the-scenes virtual studio visits
with the artists from
The Center’s Here and Now exhibition.
Click here to learn more and to register



“I wanted to have no preconceptions as to what would be in the exhibition. I would not make the decision. The work would make the final choices for me. It would make a strong impact, make me look again, become in some way unforgettable. It would push me into new places and offer me different and fresh perspectives.”  – John Yau, Curator

Click here to read John Yau’s complete Curatorial Statement

“Here and Now, implies an awareness of the present, much like the name of this institution, The Center of Contemporary Art, there is a mindfulness of being contemporary. This awareness is a continuum of ideas, practices, and events that reflect what The Center for Contemporary Art has stood for these past 50 years. To paraphrase Isaac Newton, to see further we must stand on the shoulders of giants. This exhibition can only exist because of what has come before and celebrates the diverse community of artists and art that is here and now.”   – Wes Sherman, Curator

Watch this video for a preview of the exhibition and then visit The Center to view it in person!

John Yau is an award winning poet and critic who lives in New York City. The author of more than fifty books, his latest publications include a book of essays, Foreign Sounds or Sounds Foreign (Madhat, 2020) and a chapbook of poems, Bloken Exhaust (Ink Cap Press, 2020), with drawings by Branden Koch. His most recent monographs are Thomas Nozkowski (Lund Humphries, 2017) and Catherine Murphy (Rizzoli, 2016).  He recently completed the first monograph on the Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong, which will be published in 2021.  He is a co-editor of the online magazine, Hyperallergic Weekend, and is a Professor of Critical Studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University).

Artist and curator Wes Sherman, has been involved in the arts since 1992. He received his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2003. He is an adjunct professor of studio arts at William Patterson University and Raritan Valley College. He is also the chair of exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, New Jersey. Sherman has also been a visiting artist at many universities among them Temple, Rutgers, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 2011, he received a fellowship for painting from New Jersey Council of the Arts.

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