Exhibitions in the Main Gallery showcase art in all mediums, as well as exhibitions featuring cultural history and science.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 20th from 6-8 pm
The Jersey shoreline has a long history of tourism. The mass of humanity that descends on coastal towns each summer is both the lifeblood of shore businesses and the scourge of local year-round residents. From the seven U.S. Presidents that vacationed in Long Branch, to the world renowned Asbury Music Scene, this exhibition provides a glimpse into some of the vast history of this wonderful area we call home. Take a trip back in time to the grand hotels, shore amusements and the modes of transportation used for travel to the Shore. Get a glimpse of unique Shore events like the Asbury Park Baby Parade and the former summer homes of U.S. Presidents, through photographs, maps, artifacts, paintings, signs, advertising, souvenirs, and memorabilia.
Sunday Lectures: All lectures are at 2:00 pm, with paid admission. Free to Museum members.
• April 19 The Asbury Park Baby Parade – Don Stine, Asbury Park Historical Association
• April 26 The Church of the Presidents – Jim Foley, Long Branch Historical Museum
Contributors: The Asbury Park Historical Society, Asbury Park Musical Heritage Society, The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection at Monmouth University, Dorns Classic Images, The Hartford Family Foundation, Long Branch Historical Museum Association, The Monmouth County Historical Association, Spring Lake Historical Society, The Township of Ocean Historical Museum, and many private Jersey Shore collections.
Premiere Exhibition Sponsorship by:
Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World’s Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants
May 3 – June 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 3rd 4 – 6 pm
Bayonne-based photographer Jonathan M. Singer has always had a passion for photography. He works with an incredibly powerful and color-perfect Hasselblad digital camera, an Iris printer and various special techniques, such as the White Tulip process, which he developed, to create an unparalleled array of astounding botanical photographs of rare and exotic flowers and plants near extinction. Often capturing an image in a single shot and described as a “glimpse into creation,” it is Mr. Singer’s aim to provide a marriage of art and science that will help us to understand the urgency to conserve the world’s increasingly endangered biodiversity. He worked as a research collaborator with the Department of Botany at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. He was distinguished as a Hasselblad Laureate Award winner based on his “major contribution to fine art photography and to our perception and appreciation of the botanical world” and has received the Carl Linnaeus Silver Medal. In addition to masterful large scale imagery with exquisite detail from Botanica Magnifica presented both in print form and the sublimation process on metal panels, imagery from his Tulipae Hortorum, a limited edition folio, and Photo Nuage series will also be on view during this exhibition.
Gallery Talk: Sunday, May 31st at 2 p.m.
Given by Marc Hachadourian, the Curator of Glasshouse Collections at the New York Botanical Garden and co-author of Botanica Magnifica, a book of Jonathan Singer’s photographs of rare and exotic flowers and plants.
By searching through the botanical treasures of private collectors, respected nurserymen and botanical institutions, a collection of hundreds of images were assembled for consideration in Botanica Magnifica. Located over the span of three years, some botanical subjects were found easily while others required midnight excursions to distant greenhouses, acrobatic balancing acts and a fight against extreme heat and exhaustion. The best images were ultimately selected resulting in this magnificent work. Through these intimate portraits of plants, the creators of Botanica Magnifica hope to foster greater awareness and reawaken interest in the exploration and documentation of the botanical kingdom before many of these plants vanish forever. This engaging talk will focus on the unique stories associated with the quest for this rebirth of botanical illustration.
Free with paid Museum Admission; Museum Members Free