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Nava Gidanian-Kagan

Curated by Matthew Gosser

March 3 - May 5, 2019

Closing Reception with an artist talk: Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2pm.

Location: The Jewish Museum of New Jersey

145 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104


The Jewish Museum of New Jersey is proud to present an exhibit of Nava Gidanian-Kagan’s most recent body of work as well as a retrospective featuring the artist’s earlier works. The exhibit, curated by M.Gosser, is titled "Unfolding” and will open on Sunday, March 3, with a public reception from 1-4 p.m. The exhibition will run from March 3rd- May 5th, 2019

Nava Gidanian-Kagan work’s core subject is the nature of impermanence and its manifestation in our daily life. Coming from an Iranian family, moving from Israel, where life and death are a daily struggle; she knows that life is precious. In her recent body of work, which is painted in layers of wax and oil, she is emulating a memory of the body and its fragility. Abstracted within the figure; Nava is stretching the limits between what is seen and what can be represented, confronting mortality and vulnerability. The goal of her work is to bring these tender moments to the front of the stage; from her personal view to a universal one and transform them into a meaningful experience that embraces all shades of life.

In her earlier work, Nava painted from direct observation, capturing fragile moments of everyday life that stroke her with their humble beauty. She observed the changing natural light in the continuously transforming reality, fascinated by the diversity of abstract forms and shapes, textures, and the graceful harmony of color.

The Jewish Museum of New Jersey

145 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104

opening hours: Sundays: 1 to 5 p.m.

or by appointment

(973) 485-2609

“Unfolding”will continue through Sunday, May 5 with various programs happening on the Sunday afternoons in between March 3 and May 5. The Jewish Museum of New Jersey is located within the historic Congregation Ahavas Sholom (145 Broadway, Newark).  The Museum is open Sundays from 1-5 p.m. and by appointment.  Free off street parking is provided and a donation of $10 is suggested.  For directions or information, visit our website at:  or email