Kea's Ark of Newark

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Kea's Ark of Newark

September 24th, 2016 - December 17th, 2016
Gallery Aferro
73 Market St., Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-9533
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Event Description

Kea Tawana's Ark, a three-story wooden boat that rose above Newark NJ's Central Ward, was only extant for five years, from 1982-1987. Yet hundreds of people have come forward to share their vivid memories of the ark, which was built by one woman out of salvaged pieces of city houses, churches, schools, and factories. In much the same manner, Gallery Aferro and the Price Institute have "built" an exhibit out of the carefully gathered, surviving pieces of an incredible true story: archival press & TV broadcast footage; ephemera from private and public collections; photographs from artists, journalists, and family photo albums; new oral history recordings; maps and geographic data; and previously un-exhibited examples of Kea's artwork, writings, and objects, including a collection of handmade stained glass windows and a set of blueprints for a utopian city, combine to create an immersive experience deep in a complicated story.