Dionne Warwick: Queen of Twitter
Image by: Beau McCall, Dionne: Queen of Twitter, 2021. Collage printed with dye sublimation on aluminum, 16 x 20 in. From the series “Dionne Warwick: Queen of Twitter.”
Exhibition Dates: October 6 – October 29
Location: Hahne & Co., 609 Broad Street, Newark
Opening Reception: Wed., October 6, 6-9 pm
It’s the Newark Arts Festival’s 20th anniversary and we are celebrating legendary entertainer and New Jersey native, Dionne Warwick.
Our opening night reception includes the debut of our headline pop-up exhibition, Dionne Warwick: Queen of Twitter. The exhibition features specially commissioned artwork inspired by the humorous, sassy, profound, and inspirational tweets by Ms. Warwick. Plus, rarely seen archival material will be on display including items from Ms. Warwick’s personal collection.
About the Exhibition:
Dionne Warwick: Queen of Twitter is an art exhibition inspired by a single Twitter account user: @DionneWarwick. In 2020, the legendary entertainer’s account went viral and was covered by major media outlets. Her commentary–on everything from perplexing celebrity stage names (yes, we’re looking at you, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper) to social justice issues–has offered laughs, wisdom, and comfort for an intergenerational audience during the Covid-19 pandemic and civil unrest.
In this exhibition, artists have created specially commissioned works referencing the humorous, sassy, profound, and inspirational tweets by Ms. Warwick. The works range from site-specific installations to mixed media pieces exploring Ms. Warwick’s social justice and spiritual background and that sharp wit that makes her everyone’s favorite “Auntie.” Accompanying these works is an intimate selection of archival material spotlighting her illustrious and groundbreaking career.
Collectively, the artwork and archival materials celebrate Ms Warwick’s creative resilience. The latter, is defined within the context of this exhibition as the ability to creatively use the arts and social media to surmount life’s obstacles and imagine a better future. Throughout her career and via her online presence, Ms. Warwick has consistently demonstrated the power of creative resilience to uplift, educate, and unite people during challenging times. Thus, making her a true Queen.
GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center
Lauren LeBeaux Craig and Marcy DePina of Newark Arts
Angelo Ellerbee of Double XXposure Media Relations
Lavett Ballard, Pamela Council, Jo-El Lopez, Beau McCall, Dianne Smith, Felandus Thames
Featured Private Collections:
Dionne Warwick, Souleo
The Newark Arts Team, The Double XXposure Media Relations Team, Randy Hayes Harris and Team (Raleigh Ceasar, Jr., Kevin Darmanie, and Sneha Ganguly), Casey Daurio, kite + key Rutgers Tech Store, Brittani Warrick: @BrittaniWarrick
September 8 – Exclusive: Dionne Warwick On Joining Twitter To Put A ‘Grownup’ In The Room – Essence.com
September 9, 2021 – Newark Arts Celebrates Its 20th Annual Arts Festival With Twitter-Inspired Dionne Warwick Exhibit – New Jersey Stage
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