Robeson Campus (student) center of Rutgers University — Newark.
From Thursday evening to late Sunday afternoon, I took 280 pix, mainly at (a) the Rutgers-Newark Senior Fine Art Exhibition in the Robeson Campus Center's Main Gallery, plus the art shows in the other Rutgers art-exhibition spaces (Nova Gallery, Pequod Deck, and Orbit Galleries I and II); (b) the Artbound exhibit of teen artists' work at the Newark Print Shop on Friday; (c) the construction site of the new Prudential HQ annex (which I refer to as "NuPru", and which borders New Street, so the name is doubly apt), from sunset into early nite, also Friday; (d) my spring-flowering bulbs in late afternoon lite on Saturday, including not just daffodils but also hyacinths and crocuses; (e) Branch Brook Park's Bloomfest site on Sunday; and (f) also on Sunday, the NuPru construction site in late-afternoon daylite.
Nova Gallery, one wall outside the Main Gallery of the Robeson Center.
People young today have no idea how glorious it is to someone of my generation to take hundreds of fotos yet not face enormous foto-processing fees, then have to wait days to either pick up the fotos from a store or receive them in the U.S. mail. Even then, what could we do with hardcopy fotos but look at them ourselves and share them with other people of our acquaintance, in person or by postal mail?
Senior Fine Art Exhibition, Rutgers-Newark.
There was, as recently as 1990 or even beyond, no Internet by means of which ordinary people could share fotos far and wide, all around the planet. There were no websites nor blogs into which to insert fotos so that other people could see them remotely. The Internet is without doubt the greatest time-waster of all time, which would include television, radio, records, comic books, and every other distraction from what matters. But the Internet also allows people to share important images and ideas with strangers thousands and thousands of miles distant. I have received email from people as far away as Indonesia who appreciated seeing fotos of the Newark they enjoyed while students in one of our universities.
Oil paintings by Vivian McDuffie in the Orbit I gallery, Rutgers-Newark.
Remember that Newark is a very major college town, of some 45,000 post-secondary students. The great preponderance of those students have a great time here. They also gain the sense that they are tuf enuf to live ANYWHERE their aspirations might take them, because they feel that Newark is one tuf town, even tho for most people it's not, but is a city like any other civilized American locale, from Boston to New York to Los Angeles to San Francisco to Austin or any other college town. Sure, there are iffy and even downrite dangerous neighborhoods, esp. after dark, but those are not anywhere near the colleges. So Newark is actually among the most civilized and safest of major American college towns. We have intercampus shuttles, with brite liting at the various stops along the route. The tens of thousands of college students out on the streets at all hours of the day and well into the nite make things safe for everyone on the various campuses. But who knows that? Certainly the "haters" who are angry that the Newark they loved before it seemed to turn against them in 1967, do not forgive their loss of the FEELING of safety. Mind you, they would ACTUALLY be safe in most of today's Newark, but they refuse to believe that.
Wide view of Orbit II.
Happily, in dealing with these 280 fotos, I learned last year how to have my graffics program batch-process many fotos in one swell foop, so I did not have to run them individually.
Fotograffic art exhibit, Pequod Deck outside the Starbucks in the Robeson Campus Center, about women's health issues in Nicaragua.
Choosing which fotos to show, and writing the texts to go with them, will take much more time. Fortuitously as regards demands upon my time and attention, our appallingly severe winter has delayed the appearance of the cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park, so I took only a few pix in the Park Sunday, and probably have another week to return to BBPk to show peak blossoming. That gives me more time to address the other topics for which I took so many fotos.
One teen-artist's work in the Arbound exhibition in the Newark Print Shop.
Plainly I am not going to show all 280 pix in this blog. I can put here a link to the online album in Google's Picasa foto-display service at which those fotos that I particularly like do appear, but I'll use, interspersed in various posts to this blog, only those that make points I want to emphasize. If you do click on the link to the album, click as well on the "Slideshow" option to see all the fotos in that album to date (with or without captions). I add more until the album reaches about 500 fotos.
With regard to the NuPru construction site, I think I'll create a separate album in Picasa where I can show more progress pix than I can use in this blog, and add to it as I visit the site periodically until construction is complete.
One small cluster of the spring-flowering bulbs in my front yard, this group being daffodils (narcissuses / narcissusi) and blue hyacinths.
Naturally, I could not (1) attend events and take pix there, and (2) write posts that use those fotos, and (3) get to the library to upload them to this fotoblog, all in a given day. The late days at the South Orange and Vailsburg libraries run only from Monday to Thursday, so the window within which I can (given my late-day waking schedule) upload posts is narrow, esp. if events on Thursday keep me from the library. (Thursday is a very popular day in the Newark arts community, as attested to by the Artbound exhibition's opening reception.) Then, we had rain on both Monday and Tuesday of this week, and very cold temperatures, no higher than 50°, on Wednesday, and I am no longer inclined to go out into inclement weather, ever.
The vaguely pink tint to the trees in this foto of Branch Brook Park near the Welcome Center shows that the cherry trees that should have been at peak bloom are only in bud, another of many disproofs of the insane construct of "man-made global warming".
Reader Frank M. has suggested I look into using the library at Seton Hall University, which is little more than a mile from my house, and is open very late, even until 2am some nites. I feel a little odd about that, tho, since Seton Hall is a private university, not public. Yes, pretty much all colleges in this country do receive taxpayer dollars indirectly in the form of Pell Grants and student loans to kids who could not otherwise attend, plus public support directly to the institution for various activities and fields of research. So perhaps I shouldn't be so reticent about taking advantage of Seton Hall's policy as to public visitors. Here is the relevant text from the "Access & Privileges" portion of the SHU website:
The University Libraries are intended primarily for the use of currently enrolled Seton Hall University students and currently employed faculty, administrators and staff. Others, such as Seton Hall University alumni, visiting scholars who are currently sponsored by an academic or administrative division, and public visitors [emphasis added], may also have access to the collections. ***
When I was at the Robeson show, I looked into wifi within the Campus Center and near the Starbucks, but could not get the Internet there. Then I went, not far, to the Dana Library, and could not get wifi there either. I asked the two young women at the librarians' station if wifi is available to public guests or only to students and staff, and was told that only students and staff are permitted the library's wifi. That seems odd to me. How much, if anything, could it cost to let anyone who brings in his or her own laptop or tablet, to use the library's wifi?
A valid SHU ID card or a visitor's pass, to be worn after guests sign the University Library Visitor's Book, must be available and/or visible for presentation to a member of the University Public Safety and/or to University Libraries personnel. ***
Persons other than current students whose behavior is not consistent with the policy outlined above may be asked to leave the University Libraries, may be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities and [be] subject to arrest, and may be barred from using the University Libraries for a given period.
At the southeast corner of the NuPru site, Cedar Street at Broad, is this low building enshrouded in black netting. Other buildings that had been so shrouded in prior stages of the construction of this Prudential HQ annex have been torn down. Is that to be the fate of this building too?
A public guest, I was told, can use one of the library's own wired computers for one hour a day, which would be fine for email, online research, and news and entertainment sites, but would be of no use to people like me, who need to upload materials from our own computer. It seems to me that allowing people in the general community to use the University's own computers, wired to the Internet, which costs the University something, but not allowing them to use their own computer, via wifi, which costs the University nothing, is a very peculiar allocation of resources. Does Seton Hall have a similar policy regarding wifi, such that public visitors cannot use their own laptop to accéss the University's wifi? I sure hope not. It would be disturbing to force myself to go to the SHU library over my reservations, only to find that I could not use its wifi after all!
This is the area of Military Park by the bust of JFK on a high pedestal at the left. Now that I think of it, I think the pedestal is TOO high, and the bust should be brought down closer to the viewer's eye. Military Park is still under substantial reconstruction, and I pushed my camera thru one of the myriad gaps in the chainlink fence around it to make that fence disappear. I don't know how much longer the park will be fenced off, but I look forward to walking thru it in its new splendor. I was pleased to see that the cannon at the southern end is still there. You never know what some 'smart' designer will decide is no longer fashionable. But the people carrying out this renovation seem respectful of this historic place.
In any case, this narrative must serve as a postdated mention of things fotograffed over the few days prior.
Wars of America, Gutzon Borglum's largest sculpture in bronze, in Military Park. I do not recall if this statue was floodlit at nite before the current park renovation, but it should have been.
Newark survives the winter, but, like the cherry trees in Branch Brook Park, blossoms only with the return of spring. At no time during our extremely long and bitterly cold winter, nor the three weeks before or three weeks after astronomical winter, did I take anything like 280 fotos during any four days. But warmth is back, and so am I, as long as the warmth lasts.
Here's a view from my bedroom window of snow on a black car and the rust-colored roof over my porch, on the morning of April 16th.
Appallingly, we had a dusting of SNOW again in the middle of the nite from Tuesday to Wednesday, April 15th to 16th. The forecast high for Wednesday, the sole late nite at the Vailsburg Branch of the Newark Public Library, was for 50°, and the high for Thursday, the last late nite of the week at the South Orange Public Library, was for 53°. As long as there is no rain with those temperatures, I can face a local trip. I'm not happy about such cool temperatures midway thru April, but I can cope. Alas, this week is two days shorter at the libraries due to Good Friday and Easter.
Here is a briter picture of snow on my porch roof in mid-April. Why is there all this crazy talk about "man-made global warming", when it is absolutely, patently obvious that no such thing is occurring? Disproofs are of no interest to the true believer, who will insist on true-believing no matter how much evidence is arrayed against their (essentially religious) faith.