The exhibition “Aljira at 30: Dream and Reality,” at the New Jersey State Museumin Trenton, starts with a video revisiting the 1967 Newark riots, titled “5 Days in July,” by Chuck Schultz and Esther Podemski. Made in 2007, it was shown that year atAljira, an alternative exhibition space in Newark for emerging and underrepresented artists. The two-screen piece shows the city on fire and footage of the National Guard overrunning the rebellion of the African-American community after the arrest and beating of a cabdriver for a traffic infraction.
"Utopian Vision of Newark is Born"
Published: April 18, 2014