The Dark Knight spends $2 million filming in Newark

Chicago Tribune: Chicago stand-ins steal revenue but not thunder in new ‘Dark Knight Rises’

“The Dark Knight Rises” has already been a blessing for Pittsburgh and Newark, N.J., two non-traditional film locations that replaced Chicago as Gotham City in the third Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film.

“There was so much attention and media for Newark,” said Gorelick. “We estimated they dropped $2 million during their time here. They created a lot of sets in City Hall and were here weeks before and a number of days after. … We were thrilled. Newark is enjoying this renaissance. Any attention and positive publicity is a good thing. We got a lot of good PR out of it.”

Expecting City Hall to shine on film.

The new Newark CityPlex theater is featuring a marathon of the Dark Knight trilogy tomorrow night for $20/ticket.

Opening at Gallery Aferro this Saturday 7-10

Please join us for the opening of two new exhibitions:
Outside Over There
Fourth in the annual urbanism exhibition series curated by Emma Wilcox

Dwell, Robert Lach, Project Room

September 27 – November 22, 2008 Opening Reception September 27, 7-10 PM

Gallery Aferro 73 Market St Newark NJ

Will Work for Food by KH Jeron
Bring a can of food to barter with robots. All proceeds to be donated to Newark food banks

Outside Over There is an exhibition, as well as a food drive and a portrait studio. It is inspired by the signals traveling in the airspace of cities worldwide, and the ability of these signals to penetrate structures, by transmissions, codings and exchanges of ideology and consumer goods, interactions real and imagined, between more and less industrialized nations, including the cargo cult and the syndication of TV programming.

Artists: Keliy Anderson-Staley, Mireille Astore, Martin John Callanan, Karlos Carcamo, Margarida Correia,Susan E. Evans, Judith Hoffman, KH Jeron, Tamara Kostianovsky, Charles Huntley Nelson, Anne Percoco, Dorothy Schultz, Jeff Sims, Peter Tuomey Jr, Tammy Jo Wilson

The impending end of nondigital TV has evoked for some class and cultural divisions within America. By repairing TVs with reed thatch from the NJ meadowlands, Anne Percoco suggests such divisions, as well
as the complexity of a globalized economy.

Charles Huntley Nelson’s video, “Why Not on TV” questions the presentations of African Americans on television in relationship to their actual history and present realities, and is narrated by an
omniscient visitor who may be a space alien.

Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley will be operating a tintype portrait studio in the gallery on Oct 3rd and 4th. Sitters can come solo or with a loved one. The sittings are free. A print of the image is $10. Made with the wet plate collodion process, the leading mode of photography in the 1850’s and 1860’s, the portraits echo downtown Newark’s past density of commercial portrait studio’s, while picturing the diversity of modern urban NJ.

For more information please contact Emma Wilcox

Tomorrow: Free Movies Under the Stars at Ivy Hill Park

Tomorrow: Free Movies Under the Stars at Ivy Hill Park
Festivities begin at 7:30 pm; movies begin after sundown, approximately 8:30 pm. Update: this was RESCHEDULED due to rainy forecast to Aug 22.

“The Great Debaters,” starring Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise and directed by Denzel Washington will be shown FREE outdoors at Essex County’s Ivy Hill Park near Seton Hall University as a part of Movies Under the Stars, a program of Branch Brook Park Alliance in partnership with Essex County.

Based on the true story of the Wiley College debate team of the 1930’s who participated in the first interracial collegiate debate in the U.S., “The Great Debaters” will be projected onto a large inflatable screen in the park. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on; pre-screening activities will include face painting, a DJ, karaoke and other festivities. Assorted snacks including popcorn will be available for purchase.

Over 500 people attend Movies Under the Stars screenings at Branch Brook Park, leading this successful free outdoor movie program to bring it to other parks in Essex County so even more people have the chance to enjoy family-friendly entertainment in our county’s beautiful parks.

Thursday: Screening of Revolution ’67 at Seton Hall Law

Revolution ’67: Understanding the Past, Shaping the Future of Newark

Civic Frame, “a 501c3 nonprofit organization that uses art and intellectual work to encourage civic engagement, media literacy and critical thinking about pressing social issues” will be hosting a viewing of Revolution ’67 at Seton Hall Law School this Thursday at 6pm.

Revolution ’67, is the seminal documentary about the “summer of discontent” — that 6-day civil disturbance took the lives of 26 individuals and caused millions of dollars in property damage in the city.

If you missed the opportunity to see its many viewings during the “40th anniversary” of the disturbance last summer, you won’t want to miss this viewing and panel discussion. The film brings perspective and insight on one of the pivotal moments in the history of this city and our country.

More coverage of the film:

In the Country of Last Refuge at Gallery Aferro, 10/27

In the Country of Last RefugeA Mashup curated by Emma Wilcox and Evonne M. Davis

October 20-November 17, 2007
Opening Reception Saturday October 27, 6-9:30 PM

Gallery Aferro 73 Market Street Newark NJ 07102

Gallery Aferro proudly presents the third annual urbanism exhibition in a series titled after the Paul Auster novel In the Country of Last Things. Themes in exploration this year by 36 local, national and international artists are geography, communication and, explicitly for the first time, violence. Global violence and local violence, and the effect of each on the urban community, will be addressed.

A fully illustrated color catalog, with essay, will be available here and at the opening. Gallery Aferro is a participant in Newark Open Doors 2007.

The artists: Bami Adedoyin, Becca Albee, Scott Andresen, AWG, Ryan Barone, Michael Paul Britto, Lori Brown, Alexander Conner, Patricia Dahlman, Peter Feigenbaum,
Asha Ganpat, Dana Hanmer, Travis Hanmer, Michael Itkoff, Katarina Jerinic, Maureen Kelleher, John Maters, Sarah McCann, Stephen McKenzie, Traci Molloy, Lucas Monaco, Owen Mundy + Joelle Dietrick, Leah Oates, Deborah Orloff, Joan Pamboukes, Mike Pare, Jean-Gabriel Periot, Elisa Pritzker, <a href=“”>Sara Ross, Anne Schiffer, Calla Thompson, Joe Waks, Barbara Wallace, Michelle Wilson

Normative Behaviors: New Video by Michael Paul Britto, 10/27

Normative Behaviors: New Video by Michael Paul Britto

Aferro New Media Room

October 20-November 17, 2007
Opening Reception Saturday October 27, 6-9:30 PM

Gallery Aferro proudly presents Michael Paul Britto’s solo show, Normative Behaviors, in the New Media Room. New and unseen work will be premiered, in addition to acclaimed works such as Ghetto Games, Authenticity of a Smile, and Super N Word.

Britto says that he has “always been fascinated by the creativity spawned from not having, or being deprived. Ghetto Games explores such resourcefulness: the ability to modify one’s surroundings to be more conducive to one’s amusement.”

“I like to challenge the viewer to remember the past, and pay close attention to what we accept in our everyday lives as being acceptable behavior from popular culture.”

Britto’s work has been shown internationally, including in Uncomfortable Truths -The Shadow Of Slave Trading On Contemporary Art & Design, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London, Frequency, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY, Black Panther Rank & File, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, and S-Files, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY. He is also a 07 Smack Mellon studio recipient.

Desiderium at Gallery Aferro (also, GPS-enabled shoes)

DesideriumSeptember 8 – October 6, 2007
Opening Reception September 8, 2007 6-9 PM
Curated by Evonne Davis

Gallery Aferro 73 Market Street Newark NJ

Desiderium (n.) Deep, unfulfilled longing. Yearning. Desire without hope.

29 Artists explore this theme, including Newark born-and-residing talents Les Ayre and Kelly Pinho. There are numerous interactive elements to the show, including a motion- sensing video display, an artist-designed gumball machine, audio pieces and GPS- enabled platform shoes.

The Platform Shoes: (a monthlong event)
Fulbright Fellow and Eyebeam resident Norene Leddy will be offering the public the opportunity to try on “hacked” platform heels that feature an embedded LCD screen, GPS transmitters and an audible alarm. Their functionality touches upon issues of safety, freedom and surveillance that almost any urban resident can relate to.

The Platforms Store is open:

Try on the Platforms sandals Sept. 15, 22, and 29 from 12-6pm. Take them for a spin around the block, and let us know what you think. Demo sandals are available in a variety of sizes up to a women’s 12 / men’s 10. Aphrodite Team members will be on hand to guide you, answer questions and to take custom orders. To schedule an appointment, call us at (646) 652-7186 or email us at appointments AT theaphroditeproject DOT tv. Walk-ins will be accommodated when possible.

Audible Alarm Demonstration Sept. 29

Sept. 29 at 4pm we will hold a live demonstration to show how you can
build your own personal audible alarm system for around $10. The
system is easy to assemble and uses parts available from RadioShack.
No soldering or special skills are required. In addition to shoes,
this alarm can be used in handbags, jackets and other clothing. Email
diy-aferro AT theaphroditeproject DOT tv for more info and a parts

Aferro Publications Available Now

After high demand, Publication No. 1, “Our Man in Havana” can now be
purchased here. Publication No. 3, “I Dream of a World Where the World Never Happened” will be available at the Desiderium opening as a limited edition of 50 signed by Evonne Davis


The Spanish civil war is the inspiration for this Saturday’s event at Gallery Aferro. A sneak preview can be seen here. Many members of the close-knit artist community of Newark contributed time, skill, grunt labor, props, original artwork, and themselves as performers to create this spectacle. There has been a spirit of humorous camaraderie as people arrived at the gallery each morning for rehearsals and filming, changing into 30’s-era costumes that they wore until nightfall, even during pizza breaks.
But recent events have gotten me thinking about other artistic endeavors that attempted to respond to that war, such as Picasso’s Guernica, depicting the fear and suffering of civilians in a violent time and place. The props created by local artists for 1938 include several historically accurate flags. Gallery Aferro currently does not fly a flag. We have always wanted to: it is the sort of decorative, cheerful gesture that when multiplied, signals a city’s vibrance. Suggestions have included a Jolly Roger, to suggest our independent, artist-owned and operated status. Another was a white flag, to suggest neutrality, peace. But the pirate flag has connotations of lawlessness and violence, and the white flag also means surrender.

At the very least, art can provide a restive moment out of our complicated and difficult lives. Occasionally, it can function as a common language for people to reach each other with.

I don’t know what flag to fly this week. I can only join the rest of the city in mourning three people that I never met, and won’t get a chance to.

For 2 Nights only at Gallery Aferro

1938August 11 + 18th, 2007 at Gallery Aferro

Instigated by Sebastian Patane Masuelli
Performance by American Watercolor Movement at 8 PM

1938 is a site-specific installation instigated by Aferro studio resident Sebastian Patane Masuelli with musical collective American Watercolor Movement 1938 is also an original film created by Masuelli and filmmaker Michelle Mumoli.  Jersey City-based American Watercolor Movement, consisting of Tom Barrett, Joe Centeno, Jason Cieradkowski, John Fesken, Mark Townsend and Brian Wilson, will be giving two live performances of “The Mustacio Suite,” a musical score to the film with lyrics based loosely on the Spanish Civil war.  During each performance, Masuelli will play VJ, creating a new narrative for one night only.  Artists contributing to the set include John Fesken, Aferro resident Jesse Wright, Pete Tuomey Jr, and Seth Godwin.

The recruitment and involvement of an extended community of artists and musicians for the project constitutes a semi-ironic reference to underground resistance, not unlike Thelonious Monk’s 1968 Underground album.

Sebastian Patane Masuelli is an Argentinean-born installation artist currently in residence at Gallery Aferro. His work has been seen recently in The S Files at El Museo del Barrio, NY, NY and La Argentina Pinta Bien at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He is also the founder of the Fease art collective, which took over abandoned Bloomfield storefronts with performance and exhibitions.

A recent reviewer wrote of American Watercolor Movement: “It’s hard to imagine this amalgam of junkyard technology, unabashed artiness, multiculturalism, and high theory coming from anywhere else” (but New Jersey.) Their songs have been described as “confusing, sleazy, foggy, threatening, decayed; usually sexy, sometimes dangerous, always alluring.”

Motivated by a self-described affinity for lost causes, Masuelli has assembled a ragged army of volunteers to create a strangely seamless alternate world within Gallery Aferro’s Newark space.  A ghostly aura of idealism and artistic production past hangs over the entire undertaking.  Please join us this August,1938.

Revolution ’67: Revisiting Stories of Discontent

Revolution ’67 explores theories new and old about the “summer of discontent” in Newark. The civil disturbance took the lives of 26 individuals and caused millions of dollars in property damage in the city. The creators of the film, Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno, met to discuss the process of filmmaking and respond to its controversy.

I had the opportunity to speak with Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno yesterday evening about their film Revolution ’67, which has been making headlines in New Jersey for its portrayal of the “summer of discontent” in Newark. The civil disturbance took the lives of 26 individuals and caused millions of dollars in property damage in the city, which recognized the fortieth anniversary of the event last Thursday.

The interview is about 31 minutes. Press the play button below to listen.


On the podcast, we discussed:

  • how they became interested in making the film
  • perceptions of Newark today
  • why it’s hard to find accessible material about the civil disturbance
  • raising the dialog about poverty, classism and racism to a national discussion
  • recent criticism about the film
  • issues that prevent government from stepping in and dealing with poverty and the “elephant in the room”
  • next steps: festival circuit and Europe run
  • BONUS question from Jerome: why I started the Daily Newarker 😉