Phenomenal space!! A former tobacco factory – almost 2MM sq ft – now serving as cultural center with exhibition space for contemporary arts, an amazing silk screening facility, dance performances and artist studios. This is also where Richard Meier has located his museum of architectural models.
Mana offers two free tours daily at 11am and 3pm (Mon-Fri only). While the building is amazing, the art is uneven. The street artists hold up best – they currently have a great How & Nosm in the lobby which makes me very excited about Mana’s planned graffiti museum. Note: If you plan to visit, I would recommend you arrange for a personal tour if at all possible. I was with two people today who walked with great difficulty and I am almost certain I did not get the full tour as a result – which is a drag when it takes you almost an hour each way to get there.
Mana has been in existence since 2011. It’s owned and developed by Moishe Moving and it appears that the company’s fine arts storage, transportation and management arm may be the primary source of funding. Key players include: Mana Moishe and Eugene Lemay.
Address:888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City / Closed weekends / Take Path Train to Journal Square and then easy 10 minute walk.
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