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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 9, 2004

(Mahwah) – Legendary artists Andy Warhol, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Rosenquist and Marisol are coming to Ramapo College of New Jersey through examples of their work in a high-octane explosion of pop and conceptual art, Mom’s Pop Art: Prints from the Collection of Freide Gorewitz. The exhibit will open Wednesday, March 31 in the College’s Pascal Gallery, with a reception beginning at 5 p.m. and a talk by author Richard Kostelanetz at 6:45 p.m.

Mom is Freide Gorewitz, longtime resident of Rockland County, who befriended artists during the days when they were struggling. Many of these artists lived or worked in Rockland County and New York City. According to her son, Shalom Gorewitz, a professor of visual arts at Ramapo College, this work is a visual and historical treasure for our college and community to enjoy. I’m proud that my mother supported artists before they became famous and appreciate her sharing some of the work with our students.”

Freide Gorewitz is regionally well known as a performer of Yiddish and Hebrew folk music and a longtime member of Spring Valley’s Temple Beth El Choir. She recently retired from a teaching position at Pearl River High School. A Shoah survivor, she has spoken to many classes in Bergen and Rockland County about her experiences during World War II.

Among the works that will be featured in this colorful and imaginative collection are Andy Warhol’s infamous Mao;” Robert Rauschenberg’s homage to the rock star Janice Joplin, Yellow Body;” and Marisol’s Elizabeth C. P. Stanton and Lucritia P. Mott.” Jim Rosenquist visited Israel with my parents,” says Gorewitz, and the work ‘Just Desert’ was influenced by his experiences there. John Cage’s ‘Living Room: Dedicated to Merce’ (not one thing to say about Marcel) is a limited edition transparent book that playfully fragments language and challenges meaning.”

There is also work by Richard Serra, Nancy Graves, and Dennis Oppenheim. Curated by Director of Gallery Sydney Jenkins, this exhibition is an experience of a key moment in postmodern art when reproduction technologies and economic/political incentives provided artists with opportunities to create multiple prints.

“As our first exhibition devoted solely to prints, it is exciting to be able to present such high-quality masterworks,” says Jenkins. “Curating this exhibition provides a terrific learning experience as Ramapo visual art students are assisting and collaborating with researching and writing the exhibition text.”

The exhibit continues through May 6. Gallery hours have been extended for this exhibition. The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1 – 9 p.m. Special Sunday hours are from 2 – 5 p.m. For more information call 201.684.7147. The Pascal Gallery is located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts.

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.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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