Robert Smithson, the legendary land artist who created Spiral Jetty in Utah, was captivated by the industrial landscape of his native state of New Jersey. He pays homage to this in his photo-essay Monuments of Passaic New Jersey.
Many influential names in music have praised the work of American Jazz singer Sarah Vaughan for her wondrous voice. She was ranked as an elite female jazz singer, influencing many other artists from her time and inspiring many more to this day.
KNOWLEDGE BENNETT GALLERY has become a positive addition to the visual arts community within the downtown district of Asbury Park. They offer contemporary works of art by emerging artists, seeking a greater sense of exposure for their creative endeavors.
The mission of Gallery Aferro is to bring cultural education and aesthetic engagement with contemporary issues to all people equally, and to create an environment where artists can gather and share physical and intellectual resources.
Exhibitions at Curious Matter evidence the pursuit to understand and articulate individual and collective experience of the world, real or imagined. The gallery examines fantastic notions, confounding ideas and audacious thoughts through contemporary artworks.
The Paul Robeson Gallery is an artistic and cultural center dedicated to presenting art and cultural artifacts as well as educational and public programming in the spirit of the diverse metropolitan context of Rutgers University.
The Montclair Art Museum (MAM), along with its Yard School of Art, engages a diverse community through its distinctive collection of American and Native American art, exhibitions, and educational programs that link art to contemporary life in a global context.
The New Jersey State Museum serves the life long educational needs of residents and visitors through its collections, exhibitions, programs, publications and scholarship in science, history and the arts.
New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art is the first museum dedicated to contemporary art and culture in the state. A non-collecting institution, its mission is to present artists who are producing significant and challenging new perspectives in artistic expression.
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, fosters excellence in the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that serve as catalysts for inclusiveness and diversity, promote cross-cultural dialog, and enable us to better understand the time in which we live.
Visitors the world over have been coming to Morristown, New Jersey since the end of the American Revolution to visit the town that played host twice to General George Washington and the Continental Army during two winters.
Visitors learn about the historical significance of Princeton and Princeton University, the architectural history behind prominent buildings, Princeton's role in the American Revolution and the coup that brought Einstein to the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton.
Floor to ceiling windows in the rooms of the oyster Point Hotel offer stunning views of the adjacent river. Situated in Red Bank, this hotel is also close to Two River Theater, Count Basie Theater, and Marine Park.
Avenue is a blend of the Parisian brasserie and the luxurious beaches of St Tropez. It has brought Savoir-vivre to the Jersey Shore with it's dramatic high ceilings, classic brasserie banquettes in an oceanic palette, pearl colored marble tiles, inspired by the hull of a ship.
Restaurant Nicholas was one of three New Jersey restaurants to receive a coveted four-star rating from the New York Times and has achieved nationwide recognition for its carefully crafted menus, exquisite cuisine, hospitable service and décor.
Blackbird Dining Establishment is an upscale-casual, 70-seat BYOB. In a clean, modern environment, chef Alex Capasso offers up his signature Franco-Italian Cuisine with hints of Asian influence tossed in for good measure.
Destination New Jersey
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New Jersey Profile
A tiny state which lies largely within the metropolitan area
of New York and Philadelphia, New Jersey is one of the most densely populated of
the United States. The state has often been chided for its industrial terrain
and the irony of such a built up state being nicknamed ‘The Garden State’.
However several literary and musical icons made their home there and commented
on the particular character and appeal of this small but proud state.
William Carlos Williams is an American literary icon who is
renowned throughout the world for his sparse but profound works. He was born
and raised in New Jersey and included something of the state character in his
works. He was closely associated with the Imagism and Modernism movements and
was friends with some of the most prominent avant-garde figures of the early 20th
Bruce Springsteen is probably Jersey’s most famous son and
his music consistently harks back to his childhood in the streets and shores of
Jersey. Frank Sinatra and Bon Jovi also heralded from New Jersey.
The state has also produced a range of compelling cinema;
The Garden State documents a man’s return home to his home town in Jersey and
Atlantic City depicts the underbelly of life in the gambling centre of New