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Margaret Murphy, A Ten-Year Survey Decoding the Market Place: coupons, dollar stores, and eBay

New Jersey City University, Lemmerman Gallery
2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Hepburn Hall, Room 323, 201-200-3246
Jersey City
January 30 - March 7, 2012
Reception: Thursday, February 2, 5 - 7:30 PM
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Artist Talk (in the gallery): March 6, 5:00 p.m.

This exhibition surveys the last decade of artistic production by Margaret Murphy, an accomplished painter based in Jersey City, New Jersey. Murphy’s vibrant paintings of mass produced objects represent her reflections on consumerism, religion, and gender roles. A deck of cards, a 99-cent store figurine, or a domestic print all find their way into her paintings in provocative and conceptually meaningful ways. Approximately forty select works will include paintings from several important series: The Tarot Cards Series (1997-2000), the Henna Hands series (2001), The Sweet 16 series (2005 – 2007), The Parlor Paintings (2006-2007), Celebration (2008 – 2009), and The Broken series (2010). Seen together for the first time the paintings and mixed-media works on paper demonstrate Murphy’s consistent engagement in feminist critique of the American commodity culture.

An illustrated catalog of the exhibition will be available. For more information on the artist, please visit

Gallery hours: 11:00 a.m. ‑ 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment
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