A pop-up exhibit of her work and the work of her contemporaries
Reception will include a screening of Art As Action celebrating the contribution that Gloria and the lesser known women artists made to Abstract Expressionism in New York City in the 1940's and 1950's.
West Orange Arts Council Honors Resident Artist
Pop-up Exhibit Celebrates Gloria Torrice's 94th Birthday
WEST ORANGE, N.J. - The West Orange Arts Council will host a reception for an abstract expressionism exhibit from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the West Orange Arts Center.
Gloria Jerome Torrice, who turns 94 this month, is a contemporary of painter Jackson Pollack. Artwork on display comes from Torrice’s personal collection of her works and those of her contemporaries, including many of the lesser-known women artists of Abstract Expressionism of the 1940s and 1950s.
Filmmaker Andrea Torrice’s documentary “Art As Action” will be shown at the reception. It highlights women’s contributions to the abstract expressionism movement in New York City.
“It is a privilege to have my mother live in our West Orange home. The older I get the more I value her part in the New York art scene in the 40s and 50s,” said Torrice’s daughter Liana Torrice Dix Volpe. “Over the years I have held onto and cherished the artwork that decorated our home. It is with great pleasure that we can share this exciting collection with the public and celebrate my mother’s 94th birthday.”
West Orange Arts Council chair Patricia Mitrano agrees. “This exhibit is a unique opportunity to experience an up close and personal glimpse of art history. Visitors to the West Orange Arts Center can learn about art, not from a textbook but from their neighbors.”
The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, September 29. Gallery hours are Wednesday, September 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.