Programs & Events

New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art

Inaugural Gala

An Art World Celebration

New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art kicked off its inaugural exhibition “It’s All American” with a benefit gala and preview of the largest collection of contemporary art ever presented in New Jersey. More than 500 major arts patrons, gallerists, artists, and other movers and shakers of the art world came to fete NJMoCA’s entrance onto the international stage of contemporary art. Among the celebrating crowds were trustee benefactors Susan & Michael Hort and Robin & Marty Lipson, and angel patrons Ann & Mel Schaffer and Laura Brunetti. The crowds enjoyed an exciting new art scene and rocked to the live music and video sensation, Fall On Your Sword, led by composer and music producer, Phil Mossman.

The New York Times Style Magazine
“It’s perhaps the biggest thing to hit New Jersey since the Situation. At least as far as the art world is concerned.”

The New York Observer 
Named NJMoCA’s gala the Best Party of the Week. “Artists like Rob Pruitt, Peter Coffin and Polly Apfelbaum hit the Jersey Shore for the premiere of the New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art. Collector Robin Parness Lipson’s own boardwalk empire, it’s temporarily housed oceanside in a Victorian-era Asbury Park theater.”

W Magazine
“Spirits were high at the opening benefit of NJMoCA’s inaugural show, It’s All American … This was a decidedly artier Jersey Shore than the one we’ve all been seeing lately; guests included Arnold Lehman, Stacy Engman, Tim Barber, Donald Cumming, Kim Guadagno (the lieutenant governor of New Jersey) and several artists from the show.”

“Inside, I spotted neither Snooki nor Teresa Guidice, but to the credit of everyone involved with the museum the New York art scene turned out in healthy numbers.

SOMA Magazine
“NJMoCA started only a few short years ago as the vision of self-proclaimed Jersey girl Robin Parness Lipson … Working in partnership with her husband Marty, the Hort Family and other benefactors, including the support of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Lipson wanted to establish a museum “with roots in the international contemporary art world …” No small feat, but on a mild late fall evening in one of the state’s most cherished waterfront venues, she succeeded in doing just that.”