Beyond Zen: Japanese Buddhism Revealed (available until January 5th)
New on view for a limited time, this temporary exhibition showcases magnificent works of Japanese Buddhist art from the permanent collection of the Newark Museum, many of which have never been displayed before. In addition to introducing the basic tenets of Mahayana Buddhism in Japan, the exhibition shows how these objects were used in Buddhist practice in temples and homes. Tour will include a look at depictions of Buddha, temple shrines, scrolls, wood sculpture, mandalas, and more.
Feasting with Family & Friends at the Ballantine House (available beginning November 20th)
The holidays are in full swing at the Ballantine House, our 1885 Victorian home in the heart of Newark, NJ. This tour offers visitors a taste of how Christmas was celebrated in late Victorian Newark, as English, German and Dutch holiday traditions merged into something not so very different from the way the holiday is celebrated in America today. From the Christmas tree (a German tradition) to the wooden shoes by the hearth (a Dutch tradition) to the stockings on the chimney and plum pudding in the dining room (English traditions), visitors can get a sense of how Christmas evolved into a home-based secular holiday in the 19th century.
Many Stories Matter: Art of Global Africa
Take an in-depth look into this all-new installation of the Newark Museum’s renowned African Art collection. Arts of Global Africa invites a contemporary vision of the African continent as a source of global creativity and a font of imaginative expression. Discover the many stories and multiple meanings of art in African cultures and beyond through powerful historical objects as well as compelling recent artworks.
The Newark Museum was among the first major museums to build a collection of work by African-American artists. On this conversational tour, explore African American artists' outstanding contributions toward artistic, political and social change, from the days of the New Republic through the nineteenth century, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights movement, and up to the present day.
How have artists shaped American culture and identity – and been shaped by it? Travel through American art, discussing selected highlights from more than 300 remarkable works of painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, and decorative art. Gain insight into the interplay of art ideas and social movements as you explore art from Colonial America, Early Republic and Gilded Age.
Arts of Asia
Compare and contrast traditional arts of Japan, China, Korea, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Tibet. See how religious and secular traditions have intertwined and how contemporary artists are responding to ancient aesthetics and pushing art in new directions. Highlights include Japanese ceramics, prints, and textiles; Chinese ceramics and lacquerware dating from the Qing Dynasty to today; and the most distinctive collection of Tibetan Art in the Western Hemisphere.
House & Home: The Ballantine House
“The House that Beer Built” was constructed in 1885 for Jeannette and John Ballantine of the celebrated Newark brewing family. Explore two full floors of the brick-and-limestone mansion, a National Historic Landmark. Eight lavishly restored period rooms illuminate the ideal home life of a well-to-do Gilded Age family in 1891, while thematic galleries examine the objects that defined home from the 1650s to today.
Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean
Cultures rose and fell on the waves of the ancient Mediterranean Sea. In this newly installed gallery, everyday objects tell the stories of three cultures – Roman, Greek, and Egyptian - defined by oceanic connections between Africa, Asia, Europe and the Near East. While each culture had its own values and artistic traditions, they developed in conversation with one another in an early global dialogue. Discover the role of glass art, sculpture, funerary art, and ceramics in homes and temples across the greater Mediterranean over thousands of years.
Tibetan Art in Depth
The Newark Museum holds the most distinctive collection of Tibetan art in the Western Hemisphere, numbering over five thousand objects. Its remarkable origins date to 1911, when medical missionaries transferred threatened cultural items from along the Sino-Tibetan border to the Museum. Paintings, sculptures, ritual objects, fine textiles, and decorative arts are featured in an array of galleries including the Chapel of the Masters; the Chapel of Fierce Protectors; and Pure Lands and Paradises. Tour includes a focus on the Tibetan Buddhist Altar, consecrated in 1990 by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.
Highlights of the Newark Museum
Variety is the spice of life! Get to know the Newark Museum on a “sampler” tour featuring museum highlights from its wide-ranging collections. You’ll visit collections of art from all over the globe, from treasured ancient objects to cutting-edge contemporary creations, and explore the historic Ballantine House and the consecrated Tibetan altar.
Groups wishing to visit the galleries on their own may do so during regular Museum hours, Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm.