NJ TRANSIT welcomed Xiaofang Huangmei Arts Academy to the Secaucus Junction station for the initial live performance of the 2019-2020 TRANSITional Arts Project. The Academy performed two traditional Chinese dances in the main atrium of the station to the applause of customers in the first of four live performances by various artists through the end of January.
The inaugural exhibition entitled ‘Dwell Time’ launched at Newark Penn Station in October 2019 and will run through December 2019. The exhibition includes paintings, installations, videos, and even a giant children’s book along the windows of a bus shelter. The initial works, which are still available to the viewing public, include pieces from painter Serena Bocchino, visual artist Michael Dal Cerro, animator Juliacks, and filmmakers Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno.
The Xiaofang Huangmei Arts Academy was founded by Xiaofang Chen in 2015 to spread the joys of the Huangmei Opera tradition and Qipao fashion arts throughout North America. The performers have danced at theaters, cultural events and festivals throughout the tri-state area over the past three years.
Upcoming shows will all be featured at historic Newark Penn Station, and will include live performances from artists such as electronic and experimental music band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves, native and traditional percussionist Machuco, and playwright Yasmine Beverly Rana.
The goals of the TRANSITional Arts program are to connect NJ TRANSIT customers and their community with new and exciting experiences in their daily lives and to provide New Jersey artists both exhibition opportunities and a supportive experience creating public art in transit spaces. NJ TRANSIT and the State Arts Council intend to continue providing new art exhibitions at Newark Penn Station and Secaucus Junction in the future and expand to other stations throughout the state.
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