Mana Contemporary to hold fall Open House


On Sept. 15 from 1–7 p.m., Mana Contemporary will hold its Fall 2019 Open House, a day of open studios, live performances, and exhibitions. A wide range of programming and performance will showcase the diversity of Mana’s 2019–20 programming calendar.

A complete activation of the contemporary art center’s flagship campus, visitors will have the opportunity to meet with over 200 artists working across disciplines, forms and mediums. Open studios provide guests with a window into the creative process, while ongoing exhibitions create space for reflection.

A full day of live performance serves as a preview for the range of upcoming classes, workshops, salons, and events slated for the upcoming programming year. Highlights include work in progress performances from Gibney Choreographic Residency participants, and performance art activations from Erik Thurmond and Kurt Hentschläger. Music performances will include a DJ set from Sabine Blaizin, Chhandayan percussion, jazz from Rob Garcia, and the Puerto Rican folkloric group Segunda Quimbamba.

An opening reception will take place for Jo Nigoghossian and Melissa McGill’s “I Shall Tell Only What I Want to Tell,” a sculptural exhibition curated by Ysabel Pinyol Blasi. Ongoing exhibitions include: Kurt Hentschläger’s SUB, Dan Flavin: cornered fluorescent light, Fred Sandback: Sculpture, RAMMELLZEE: The Private Collection of the Magistrate, John Chamberlain: Photographs, and Andy Warhol: The Original Silkscreens.

Ray Smith Studio is set to take over Mana Decentralized—presenting works by emerging and established artists including: Serban Ionescu, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Vahakn Arslanian, Eamon Monaghan, Emmett Moore, Rhys Gaetano, and Swoon. Curated by Ray Smith, the entire show will be on sale through Mana Decentralized.

Founded in 2011, Mana Contemporary is dedicated to providing a platform for contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, residencies, and public programs. Mana’s community network began in New Jersey and has since expanded to include Mana Contemporary Chicago and Mana Contemporary Miami. A continuous creation of new partnership opportunities explore the intersection of contemporary art, design, new technologies, and music. Mana Contemporary hosts two open house events each year during the spring and fall, which include special programs, performances, and open studios, in addition to new and continuing exhibitions. For more information, visit