2016, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College Department of Cultural
Affairs has started its summer programming with La Dolce Vita, an exhibit of contemporary Italian landscapes that
highlight various regions of Italy. The exhibit is unique historical objects
from the collection of The Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo in Jersey City
that chronicle Italians traveling, visiting, and emigrating to America.
exhibition may be viewed in the College’s Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C.
Hull Gallery now through August 11th. The Gallery is located on the
sixth floor of the HCCC Library at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City – just across
the street from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. The Gallery is
open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer.
La Dolce Vita
includes works by master painters
Tim Daly, Patrick Connors, and Paul Chidester.
is a native of Jersey City who now resides in Hoboken, where his studio is
located. He was known, early on, for his paintings of the mostly unseen
landscape surrounding Jersey City and the Meadowlands, and the urban industrial
landscape of the New York/New Jersey Metro area. Daly’s paintings of Italian
landscapes echo his works of unseen or abandoned industrial sites of New Jersey
that he has become most known for. His photo realistic paintings investigate
and archive the emptiness of a terrain that most tourists mistake for beauty.
Connors is an award-winning painter and graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of
Fine Arts. His works are exhibited across the country and internationally in
both private and public collections. He has taught linear perspective at the
Graduate School of the New York Academy of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the
Fine Arts, and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art: Manhattan and
Rome Programs. Time and memory serve as an
archive for Mr. Connors. He recollects: “Nature gives us too much to process.
At the same time it permitted an engagement with my memory and imagination so
that I was further immersing myself in Rome. Later, when I was working on my
oils, this mnemonic practice would fuel the process and aesthetic. That is, I
did not worry too much about making a record or documentation; but, rather,
tried to re-experience that moment and share my experience of that ancient ruin
being struck by light.”
Chidester is a painter at State College who teaches at Penn State. Chidester’s
paintings synthesize a variety of topographical sites, ranging from the closely
observed to the wholly invented, with figural and architectural novelties that
have been collected through time. His recent paintings pose questions raised
through a careful reworking of familiar landscape tropes that include walls,
military fortifications, ruins, and natural and other architectural novelties.
Wednesday, July 13th, there will be a gallery talk at 12 p.m., and
artists’ reception at 3 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibition. Both will be
held in the Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery.
College’s Department of Cultural Affairs has also planned a series of special
events for this summer, many of which center around the La Dolce Vita exhibition. Included are dance and yoga instructional
sessions and film screenings and discussions on both the HCCC Journal Square
and North Hudson Campuses. All events are open to the general public at no
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs at 201.360.4182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.