Gallery U, Montclair, NJ, will present a memorial exhibition to commemorate
the achievement of artist Marlene Lewis-Weinberger (1946-2010), who lost her
12-year battle with breast cancer on March 6, 2010, at the age of 63.
Curated by daughter Shoshanna Weinberger, the exhibition at Gallery U will
feature a group of drawings, paintings and mixed media works from the past
Marlene’s work investigated the mythical construct of “paradise” developed
from tourism and advertising. Focusing on her native Jamaica, she found
obtuse contrasts between her personal perceptions, memories, and experience
to that of what tourism and the media created. Through this juxtaposition,
her work focused on the concept that there were two “Caribbean” worlds:
the mythical and the real. The exhibition will feature numerous works from
this exploration, presenting her visual language that combines symbols fueled
by advertising with personal memories and images found in colonial Jamaica
during British rule.
Marlene was born in Jamaica. She attended Wolmers School for Girls before
leaving the island in 1965 to further her art education at the School of Visual
Arts (SVA), in New York. After graduation she was hired by Young & Rubicam
as an advertising art director. Also, when at SVA, she met fellow schoolmate
Mark Weinberger, whom she married in 1970. A Jamaican advertising agency hired the couple as art directors in 1971, and Marlene
continued in that capacity, in Jamaica, until daughter Shoshanna was born in 1973. After daughter Leah was born, in 1976, the family
moved back to the United States and resided in Upper Montclair, NJ, and more recently, Marlene resided between Newark, NJ, and Kingston, Jamaica.
Marlene received a BFA from Montclair State University in 1993, and her MFA from New Jersey City University, in 2002. During her lifetime, she participated in the Xayamaca International Artist Residency in 1995, Jamaica; exhibited in numerous shows at galleries across the Tri-state area. She also exhibited in Jamaica and Dominican Republic. Her work was included in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 National Gallery of Jamaica Biennial Exhibitions. In 2002, she was selected to participate in the Aljira Emerge program for emerging artists in Newark, NJ; and in the same year, received a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship during her attendance as an artist in residence at Art Omi, Ghent, NY. Marlene taught studio arts at Essex County College, Newark and at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica.
and exhibition opening will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2-5pm (invitation only). Select artworks will be for sale. All proceeds from sales
will go to benefit the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, in Marlene’s name.