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Now on Display at Puffin: "Retrospective Outrage"
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Hak Vogrin Retrospective: Turning Outrage Into Art & a Selection of the Nation’s Top Editorial Cartoons



On view through February 26th, the Puffin Cultural Forum presents the works of late political artist, Hak Vogrin. Vogrin was an artist who reflected his personal pain and outrage regarding the issues of his day onto the canvas; destruction of the environment, wars, torture, social injustice, racism, consumerism are tackled with a cartoon-like directness that reflected his work as an underground comics artist in the 60’s and 70’s. His paintings are colorful, expressionistic, and unabashed in their message and assertive nature. Although Vogrin passed away in 2009, the urgency of the themes addressed in his artwork are seemingly more relevant now than ever.

Largely self-taught, Vogrin’s cartoons initially emerged in the underground comics movement of the 1960’s. His work appeared in the first issue of Yellow Dog, described as America’s “first underground comic weekly.” Throughout his life he created paintings and drawings the size of postage stamps, as well as those on large canvases. Although his sketches were often delicate, the paintings he produced towards the ends of his life were powerful, and produced in a bold graphic style with vivid colors. “When I paint, I think what I do comes out of chaos,” he told The New York Times in 2001.

In addition to Vogrin’s work, this exhibition will also include prints of contemporary political cartoons from Daryl Cagle’s Cagle Post. Cagle is America’s most widely syndicated editorial cartoonist, and his syndicate, Cagle Cartoons, distributes the cartoons of over sixty editorial cartoonists and fourteen columnists to newspapers around the world. Many of the images, perhaps too many, deal with the same issues that Vogrin dealt with, albeit from a humorous perspective. In light of the recent Charlie Hebdo attack, these editorial cartoons from various cartoonists are an even more powerful reminder of the importance of political artistic expression in our society. The exhibit is being updated to include cartoons responding to the terror attacks in Paris. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 12 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The Puffin Cultural Forum is located at 20 Puffin Way (off Teaneck Rd.) in Teaneck, New Jersey.

View Online Gallery here.

HAK VOGRIN: was born in Brooklyn in 1920, and began drawing comics as a child. In his early years, he worked on a commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico, and in a position as a margin clerk for Merrill Lynch. Around the time that Vogrin’s cartoons found an audience in the underground comics movement, he and his wife Jean opened a gallery in their apartment—“The One Flight Up.” Although Vogrin was not particularly interested in selling his work or seeing it exhibited, he participated in shows at the Noyes Museum of Art, the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, and in a New York show featuring the art of “Weird New Jersey.” His drawings and illustrations were included in publications such as Liberation Magazine andThe Realist, and in WBAI program guides and small press literary publications. Although his works were satirical and ironic, they always maintained their whimsical quality. In his last decade, Vogrin’s paintings specifically focused on sexuality and politics.

 
Food Drive at Puffin
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Throughout the month of December we are collecting any unopened cans, boxes, non-perishables, and toiletries for Helping Hands Food Pantry in Teaneck. Bring donations with you to any of our weekend events and drop them off on our collection table.
http://www.teaneckpantry.com/

 
Take Extinction Off Your Plate
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The planet and its wildlife need us to reduce our meat consumption.

From TakeExtinctionOffYourpPlate.com:
Meat production is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation globally, and the crisis is rapidly growing worse. Production of beef, poultry, pork and other meats tripled between 1980 and 2010 and will likely double again by 2050. This ever-increasing meat consumption in a world of more than 7 billion people is already taking a staggering toll on wildlife, habitat, water resources, air quality and the climate. The only way to stop this environmental crisis is to address both unsustainable population growth and our voracious appetite for meat — and Americans eat more meat per capita than almost anyone else. By eating less or no meat, we can take extinction off our plates and improve our own health along with the health of the planet.

That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity launched our Earth-friendly Diet campaign.

Learn more about our campaign, meat consumption and the environment.

Join the movement for an Earth-friendly diet and invite your friends.

 
The Garage Theatre Group presents "Enron"
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"Enron" by Lucy Prebble

October 23- November 9 at the Becton Hall Theatre
960 River Rd. on the FDU Campus

 
Voter Registration Forms Available at Puffin
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There's still time to register to vote for this year's important elections. Click on the links below to download a registration form or drop by the Puffin Foundation's office to pick one up in person. Just remember that the form has to be received by (or hand delivered to) the Division of Elections by October 14th. That means you should probably drop it in the mail by Friday the 11th at the latest to make sure it arrives before the deadline.

This year's elections are important. Every member of the U.S. House of Representatives is up for grabs, as well as one of New Jersey's US Senator seats. There will be statewide referenda on the ballot as well. But you can't vote, unless you¹re registered. You can find out more details on who can register at: http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information.html

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Download this file (bergen-voter-reg-form-esp-062212.pdf)Bergen County Form- Spanish 308 Kb
 
Join us for the People's Climate March in NYC this Sunday!
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http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone on board.
Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us.

Visit http://peoplesclimate.org/march/ for more details.

 
Calling All Artisans, Wood Workers, and Craftsmen to Recycle and Reuse the Teaneck Red Oak Tree
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Tuesday, October 7th & Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


The Department of Parks, in partnership with the Puffin Foundation, wishes to find a second life for the celebrated Teaneck Red Oak tree announcing an “All-Call” to artisans, wood workers, and craftsmen to recycle and reuse the sections of the Red Oak that were saved after it was taken down last summer.

Sections of the tree were cut into milled lumber at a sawmill and segments of the large tree trunk and limbs were set aside until a new home could be found. While a good portion of the tree was disposed of due to its decayed condition, usable portions were saved for a future life.

The Department of Parks has scheduled two pick-up days for people to select and take the wood in their personal vehicles. The pickup days are Tuesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 9th, 2014 The locations are:

• Rochelle Park, at the Saddle River County Park. This storage area is located on Lotz Lane, Rochelle Park. It is located across from the Rochelle Park Swim Club. Uncut tree trunk and limbs are available at this location.
• Mahwah, at the Campgaw Mountain County Park. The entrance to the park is via Fike Road off of Campgaw Road. This entrance is north of the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute. Milled wood from the tree is available at this location.
* Signs will be placed directing people to the pick-up areas.

On both days, wood can be picked up between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Bergen County Department of Parks staff will assist visitors in cutting and moving wood into their private vehicles.

In June 2013 the old-Teaneck Red Oak, located at Cedar Lane and Palisades Avenue, in the Township of Teaneck, was removed by the Bergen County Department of Parks. The removal of the tree confirmed analysis by a licensed tree expert who recommended its removal as it had significant wood decay and was a risk to the public.

 
Puffin Cultural Forum presents "Honoring Pete Seeger"
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During the summer of 2014 thousands of people came together in various locations to honor the lives of music activists and the work of Pete & Toshi Seeger.

The Puffin Cultural Forum is proud to continue honoring the outstanding couple through the months of September and October with "Honoring Pete Seeger." Events during the months of September and October are focused on folk music and the life of Pete Seeger. Performances include: Work o' the Weavers, Kim and Reggie Harris, and The Walkabout Clearwater Chorus. Visit the events page to see all of September and October.


Kim & Reggie Harris


Work o' the Weavers

 
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