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October 8, 6:15 pm - VIA ZOOM Making Visible The Connections Ben Jones & William Rhodes
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October 8, 6:15 pm - VIA ZOOM

Making Visible The Connections

Ben Jones & William Rhodes

Two galleries collaborate on new media abstraction and identity politics
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Two galleries collaborate on new media abstraction and identity politics

Cumberland County's Community Newspaper
F&B Publications
Volume 25 Issue 06
Feb. 5 - Feb. 11, 2020

Link to article:…/6834-two-galleries-coll…

The Struggle Continues
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"The Struggle Continues"

Ben Jones will be participating in a panel with
Lawrence Hamm, President, People's Organization for Progress,
Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams, NJCU Professor
Newark Historian Junius Williams, Esq.

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave the right of Black men to vote following the Civil War. It also marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the Women's Suffrage Movement. This event recognizes that Voting Rights are an ongoing struggle experienced by people of color that continues into the 21st century.
This panel will discuss the significance of these milestones, the setbacks and the importance of this election year.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Earl A. Morgan Branch of the Jersey City Library
2:00 - 4:00 PM
1841 JFK Blvd., Jersey City, NJ

Swann Auction Galleries - Ben Jones
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Black Universe.

Mixed media of acrylic, ink and sticker decals on paper, 1970. 444x292 mm; 40x30 inches. Signed and dated "12/70" in ink, lower right.

Provenance: the Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., Chicago.

This bold work is a scarce mid-career example of Ben Jones' artwork which celebrates beauty, spiritualism, dance and music in African and African-American culture. Jones used flourescent colors, sequins, dots and gold star stickers throughout his early paintings and installations. He combined the symbolism of icon painting with the bejewelled look of dance queens - a theme that he first developed in his 1970 painting, The High Priestess of Soul. His 2009 retrospective at the Jersey City Museum of Art, Deliverance, featured a complete survey of this New Jersey artist's work. Jones is best known for his iconic Black Face and Arm Unit, from 1971, now in the permanent collection of the State Museum of New Jersey in Trenton. His 1970 Five Black Face Images also illustrated the front cover of Elsa Honig Fine's 1973 historical survey The Afro-American Artist.



Watercolor on wove paper, 1969. 300x229 mm; 11 3/4x9 inches. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right.

Ben Jones in Exhibition of the National Conference of Artists, National Alliance of Artists from Historical Black Colleges and Universities
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January 15th thru February 29th, 2020
Ben Jones at Fayetteville State University and
Ellington-White Contemporary, Fayetteville,
North Carolina

Friday, February 7th
at 1:00 - 2:30pm
Ben Jones Lecture in Rosenthal Art Gallery to Art Majors and Humanity Students of Fayetteville State University

3:00 - 5:00pm
Special Private Reception at Ellington White Contemporary
View exhibition and meet quests - Filmed for video

5:00 - 7:00pm
Ben Jones Public Lecture at Cumberland Library, Pate Room

Saturday, February 8th at 11:00 - 1:30pm
Artist Lecture and Documentary films on Ben Jones: "The Art of the Journey" and "RESISTANCE"

Resurgence Rise Again
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JOIN US for the Film Screenings of
The Art of the Journey – The Ben Jones Story and Resistance
followed by a panel discussion with Jones and the
director William Michael Barbee and music producer
and director Gregg Mann.

Moderated by Joe Lewis, Founder and Curator of the
Black Bottom Film Festival.

This Event is FREE AND OPEN to the PUBLIC.
Located in the Highmark Room.

Pittsburgh Current
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Resurgence - RISE AGAIN
The Art of Ben Jones at the Museum in Pittsburgh

Resurgence - Rise Again
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The Art of Ben Jones
September 13th through December 15

The Jersey Journal - Ben Jones
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Source: “Hudson artist in African Diaspora film fest” Marc Stacey
The Jersey Journal, Friday, July 5, 2019

The Star Ledger - Ben Jones
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Source: “N.J. artist featured in film at African Diaspora festival” Marc Stacey
The Star Ledger, Affiliated with, Friday, July 5, 2019

Resistance - Columbia University
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A documentary film on Ben Jones
by Cuban filmmaker
Dania IIisástigui Avilés

Teachers College | Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Room 408 Zankel
New York, N.Y. 10027 | Tel: 212-864-1760

The Bigger Picture by Ben Jones
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Sargent Johnson Gallery

Montclair Local Culture News - Ben Jone's spiritual vision
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Ben Jones - Montclair Local News

Extinction Notice
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On April 4, at 6pm, join us to celebrate the opening of artist Ben Jones' ongoing series of his exploration of African spirituality, humanism, politics and the environment.

Extinction Notice, is Jones's latest call to action, signaling the need to strive to create a world of Justice and Peace for ourselves and the generations that follow.

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Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes
Edificio de Arte Universal
Calle San Rafael No. 1
La Habana, Cuba

Sábado, el 13 de abril, 2019

Se presentará la nueva película RESISTENCIA
en Ben Jones del cineasta cubana
Dania IIisástigui Avilés.

Ben Jones: An Artist's Journey
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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Express Newark, Room 213
Hahne & Co
54 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ

Enter the world of artist Ben Jones through a conversation led by RU-N professor Jordan Casteel.

The evening will include a screening of the short documentary film
The Art of the Journey: The Ben Jones Story and discussion with the artist, followed by a reception.

Ben Jones is considered one of the most significant African-American artists of this century.

His work derives from his interest in social justice, the spiritual, the environment, and humanity.

Read more and register for this free event.

About the Moderator
Jordan Casteel is an assistant professor in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at Rutgers University-Newark. Her solo exhibit, Returning the Gaze, is on view at the Denver Art Museum through August 2019.

Hosted by Rutgers Newark Alumni Association and the Rutgers University Alumni Association

For more information, contact
or call 973-353-5242

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Talk by Ben Jones on his painting
“High Priestess of Soul” (Nina Simone) Newark Museum permanent collection.

Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 PM

( Three sessions )

Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102-3176
Phone: 973-596-6550

For more info:

Envision Empower Embrace - Ben Jones
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Ben Jones on view at Montclair Art Museum. September 15, 2018 - June 16, 2019

Constructing Identity in America

Resistance- Resistancia
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Montclair Art Museum and
African-American Cultural Committee (AACC)
Honors Ben Jones

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 PM

As part of the program, a new film RESISTANCE on Ben Jones by Cuban filmmaker Dania llisástigui Avilés will be presented.

3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042-1747
Phone: 973-746-5555

Ben Jones - Enivsion Empower Embrace
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3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

The Art of The Journey: The Ben Jones Story Directed by William Michael Barbee
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Newark Black Film Festival

Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102-3176
Phone: 973-596-6544

Wednesday, July18, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Artist Lecture in partnership with By Any Means: Ben Jones
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Join CMOA and By Any Means for a special artist lecture, right before our 3 p.m. Gallery Conversation.

"...I want my work to be for everyone. Once we realize that we are not only one world, but a part of an expanding universe, we can begin to express the joy of creation and a love for all people."
—Ben Jones

Dec 3, 2017 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Ben Jones or The African American Redemption
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Ben Jones o la redencion de Afroamerica. Ben Jones or The African American Redemption.

Noticias Artecubano - January 2018

The Art of the Journey: The Ben Jones Story-Hudson County Community College - February 15th - 2018
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New Jersey-born Artist, Activist, Professor Ben Jones has used his art to bring awareness to the plight of people throughout the world, with a strong concentration on the struggles of the people of Cuba. Born in 1940 in the City of Paterson, NJ, Ben’s consciousness began to develop EARLY as a Social Activist. His art began to express the conditions and social climate of his time. Over the years, his artwork began to broaden, bringing awareness to environmental disasters as in the BP Oil Spill and also to the revolutionary struggles of the people of Cuba. This documentary is an educational tool for many of our youth, as well as adults to use as an example of what it means to represent something greater than oneself.
Professor Ben Jones will speaking about the Cuba and the social injustice
we are all currently experiencing today in the United States.

The Art of the Journey: The Ben Jones Story
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The Art of The Journey:
The Ben Jones Story

Directed by William Michael Barbee

Thursday, Feb. 22nd - 7:00 pm

Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042-1747
Phone: 973-746-5555

The Art of The Journey - The Ben Jones Story
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The Art of The Journey - The Ben Jones Story

Columbia University, Teachers College - Milbank Chapel
525 W 120th Street, New York, NY 10027
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.)

Saturday, December 9th

Resistance/Resistencia Exhibition July 2017
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Apertura, 4:00 PM, Viernes 21 de Julio
Conversatorio, 11:00 AM, SÁBADO 22 JULIO
Calle San Rafael, Entre Zulueta y Monserrate
La Habana, Cuba

Collage Effects: Art of the African Diaspora
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Artist Talk: Ben Jones
Date: Sunday, November 9, 2016
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Visiting Artist Colloquim
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Spirituality, Politics, Afro-Centric, Culture - Ben Jones - Visiting Artist Colloquium - 2017

Keynote and Humanitarian Awardee
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James A Porter
Colloquium on African American Art.

Keynote and Humanitarian Awardee; Ben Jones

Cuban writer and historian - Tomas Fernandez Robaina
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Cuban writer and historian - Tomas Fernandez Robaina at Columbia University, New York City

Date: December 13th, 2015

Newark Black Film Festival - June 2015
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The Board of Trustees of the Museum of Biblical Art and Dr. Patricia C. Pangracz, Acting Director, cordially invite you to the opening reception for the exhibition

African Americans and Biblical Imagery

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 6:00-8:00p.m.

R.S.V.P. by February 6, 2013 to 2012.408.1251 or

Exhibition is on view February 15-May 26, 2013

Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023

Evolution Revolution 2
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Upcoming art exhibition in South Africa

Conversations in the Galleries with artist Ben Jones
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Thursday, July 12, 7-8pm
Reception 6-7 pm

Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
3 blocks from NJPAC

General Information: 973-596-6650

Please join us for a celebratory Scholarship Benefit Dinner at New Jersey City
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Please join us for a celebratory Scholarship Benefit Dinner at New Jersey City University(NJCU) honoring Ben Jones on October 28, 2011. Proceeds will benefit the establishment of the Ben Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund. A small portion of the proceeds will also be used to support the Haitian Relief Fund Inc. in honor of Ben Jones. Invitations have already been mailed. If you would like to order tickets in advance, you may do so online at Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on October 28th!

Weekend Urge feature in the Jersey Journal
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Fifth annual African Diaspora Film Series in Jersey City, NJ

A Local Artist Who Sets His Own Trends
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New York Times art review by Benjamin Gennochio of 2009 exhibition, "Deliverance: The Art Of Ben at Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

Washington Park to get Major Piece of Public Art
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Public artwork at Martin Luther King Drive Light Rail stop in Jersey City, New Jersey

Ben Jones and Amiri Baraka Together in Exhibit at NJCU
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Ben Jones and Amiri Baraka exhibition at New Jersey City University in 2002

Ben Jones: Painting, Conscience, Friendship
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Ben profiled on his art career including an upcoming show, his travels and his cultural consciousness.

A Genuine Tradition
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The Granma International featured Ben's profile and his 1995 show "Shango/Chango" exhibition at the Jersey City Museum.

Celebrating the Spirit of the Black Male
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June Campbell of The Weekly Journal wrote about "In The Spirit" exhibition in London.

In The Shango Spirit
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Ben's "In The Spirit" exhibition held in London! In The Spirit is a celebration of Black men in spiritual spheres.

In The Shango Spirit
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Second page of article of London's The Voice.

Chango Wallpaper Series
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Ben exhibited "Chango Wallpaper Series" in Havana in 1992.

African American Artist by Elisa Honig Fine
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A spotlight feature of Ben Jones' "Five Black Face Images"

Summit: 'Constructed in Jersey City'
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Ben Jones' works is featured at the Summit Art Center on September 28, 1986.

Artist Undergoes a Transformation
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Jones expand his audience and influences beyond the African American experiences and interpretations.

New Home for the Studio Museum is Dedicated in Harlem
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Studio Museum moved to 144 West 125th Street on June 16, 1982.

Black Artist at the Newark Museum
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During Black History Month, Ben's work was exhibited and he spoke to the public.

Black History Month
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Top black artists honored at Newark Museum including Romare Bearden, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Charles White and others. Ben Jones was chosen in the "Meet the Artist" theme show to exhibit his work and speak to the public.

At Van Vechten
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This short article, located on the bottom, is about Ben's exhibition at the Fisk's gallery in 1977.

College Prof's Artistry Glows in All Directions
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Ben Jones' art and career are discussed and the challenges of competing in the mainstream art world for black artists.

Why, in 1973, a 'Black Art' Show?
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Top black artist demanding their artwork to be exhibited in major museums.

Why, in 1973, a 'Black Art' Show?
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This is the second page of the New York Times article.

Amsterdam News - National Scene
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Cover Feature - This feature is a spotlight on Ben Jones' career in Fine Arts and his artwork "Black Face & Arm Unit" (1972).