Upcoming Exhibitions

Main Gallery

Sep 06 2016 - Dec 22 2016

31 Central

Opening Reception Thursday, September 22, 5-7pm

An exhibition of five Newark artists working out of 31 Central Avenue, a longtime artist studio hub located on the brink of University Heights and Downtown.

Criminal Justice Gallery

Sep 06 2016 - Dec 22 2016

Partner in Crime

Josh Begley, "Prison Map," 2014, c-print, 60”x66 ½”, courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco

Josh Begley, “Prison Map,” 2014, c-print, 60”x66 ½”, courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco

The exhibition Partner in Crime explores the geography of incarceration, by examining the spatial representation of prisons, through works that offer an alternative analysis and approach to the way crime, imprisonment and geography are connected. This group show contains cartographical elements questioning the sprawling developments of prisons across the United States.

Curated by Shlomit Dror

The Wall

Jul 31 2016 - Jul 31 2017

Indivisible: Vaughn Spann

This mural is located in Engelhard Hall 1st Floor near the Office of Admissions at Rutgers University-Newark, 190 University Ave, Newark NJ 07102

Vaughn Spann writes, “The inspiration for my design is Iconography and Symbolism.  2016 has been a huge blessing for me. I married my college sweetheart, welcomed my first daughter into the world and was even accepted into Yale School of Art for my MFA. I wanted to find a way to give visual meaning to all of these events while paying homage to the school that help me establish a foundation for my future, Rutgers University.  Although this year has been full of wonderful events, it has been threatened by tumultuous ones. Donald Trump is running for president, police are abusing authority and my own Alma matter has faced issues of campus separatism. What we need always and now more than ever is love… Rutgers Newark sometimes gets a bad rap due to geographic factors. I chose the Rutgers Newark campus because I believed in everything it had to offer and didn’t let anything taint my opinion.  I often called Newark a ‘hidden gem’ because many people assume the goods are solely in New Brunswick but that couldn’t be any further from the truth!”

Vaughn Spann lives and works in Harlem, New York. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University in 2014. The artist has participated in numerous exhibitions which include shows at The Reginald Lewis Museum, RushArts, Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), Rupert Ravens Contemporary, The Newark Museum, Aferro Gallery, and the annual Newark Open Doors. Spann will be attending Yale School of Art in Fall 2016.

This mural was commissioned by the Rutgers University Office of Admissions and administered in collaboration with the Paul Robeson Galleries.

Sep 06 2016 - Jul 31 2017

Articulations: Jaz Graf

Jaz Graf, Graffiti 03, 2014, monotype, 12”x9”, courtesy of the artist

Jaz Graf, Graffiti 03, 2014, monotype, 12”x9”, courtesy of the artist

This exhibition is located in Engelhard Hall 1st Floor lobby at Rutgers University-Newark, 190 University Ave, Newark NJ 07102

Jaz Graf writes: “As an artist, I conjugate. I create lineages in different combinations of media which reflect variations in voice, tense, mood and of the mediums themselves. My body of work includes traditional and contemporary forms of print, installations, sculptural paper and drawings. The work is typically directed by concept and question, most often the starting point is writing. Language and text itself, can communicate ideas, convey emotion and act as an expressive motif. In my recent (and ongoing) series, Eviscera , narratives from old sketchbooks and personal journals are transcribed and printed lithographically onto muslin, referencing an act of evisceration in which guts appear outside the body (book). Markmaking is a form of writing. It is a visual gesture conveying sentiment, however muted or unidentifiable. I utilize scribble marks to suggest the coupling of the written word and drawn image.

“My approach involves deconstruction and reconstruction of materials and impressions with an emphasis on a physical process. I believe that my body of work, like a physical body, has both voluntary and involuntary functions. Balancing these forces is necessary in its sustainability. I am inspired by languages, nature, human nature, and the practice of play. Confronting dualities is part of my work; understanding relationships which are oppositional and contradictory yet indivisibly connected. I explore boundaries, areas that reside in between. This periphery is often where conflict can be confronted, and/or synergy can be developed. “

Jaz Graf works with paper and print, incorporating experimental techniques. She often combines materials while exploring variations and multiples. Writing and drawing are the starting point, followed by a tendency to deconstruct and rebuild impressions. Concepts dictate the medium and often explore personal histories, dualities and language. Jaz exhibits locally and internationally, has been featured in AM New York News, The Jersey Journal and on NJ’s Public Broadcast Channel, NJTV. She is a keyholder and former Vice President of Manhattan Graphics Center, a fine art print studio in NYC. For over 10 years, she has worked with a nonprofit focusing on freshwater conservation.

Curated by Adrienne Wheeler

Seed Galleries – A New Initiative

The purpose of the Seed Galleries is integration: of spaces, of voices, and of intellectual/aesthetic disciplines.  Each for the five year-long pop-up exhibitions will appear in a non-art space in order to enhance Rutgers’ academic environment by expanding on the ways in which knowledge can be acquired outside the classroom.  Seed Galleries will be established through the collaborative efforts of those within and without the University context, will highlight the relevance of visual literacy in understanding our intellectual landscape, and will provide platforms for voices that historically may have been excluded from the History of Art or recognized academic pursuit. 

This exhibition was made possible by funding from Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grant Initiative.

Sep 06 2016 - Jul 31 2017

Beneath Such Dreamy Moments: Joan Pamboukes

This exhibition is located at The Wall, Robeson Campus Center 1st floor, 350 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark NJ.

Joan Pamboukes, "Interfered interior of the Ballantine House parlor, Newark, New Jersey," 2015, Archival inject print, 6' x 19', courtesy of the artist

Joan Pamboukes, “Interfered interior of the Ballantine House parlor, Newark, New Jersey,” 2016, Archival inkjet print, 6′ x 19′, courtesy of the artist

Interfered interior of the Ballantine House parlor, Newark, New Jersey is a site-specific installation, created by artist Joan Pamboukes. Informed and inspired by Newark Museum’s historic Ballantine House, the artist used readily available technology – an iPhone camera and a panorama app – through which she investigates the effects of media and interactivity in our society, and the way we experience the world through the interference of constantly evolving technologies and ubiquity of images online. Through the device’s basic technological capabilities and photographic functions, Pamboukes’ depiction of the parlor section of the house is distorted and fragmented, causing the uneven surface and pixilated texture to interfere with the present reality. The circular movement of the camera and the app’s digital ability to read certain areas and objects, or pass over them, personifies the space, making this domestic scene imaginary and fantastic. The room’s distinctive character, the scale of the work in relation to our body, as well as the distorted representation of space, conjure a psychedelic feel, as though trapped in an Alice in Wonderland moment. Experiencing this room through a photograph, rather than the site itself, redefines a moment in time, and by fusing together two disparate worlds, Pamboukes further detaches the place from its past. Observing this historical and bourgeois environment in the context of Newark’s current climate, raises questions about the role of the city today, its changing landscape, diverse architecture, and its relation to the past. Looking at this interior through a contemporary lens (literally), the space becomes almost unimaginable and even fictional in today’s world, echoing in a sense how we witness, stage and present false realities.

Curated by Shlomit Dror

This exhibition was made possible by funding from Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grant Initiative and by support from the New York Film Academy.

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Seed Galleries – A New Initiative

The purpose of the Seed Galleries is integration: of spaces, of voices, and of intellectual/aesthetic disciplines.  Each for the five year-long pop-up exhibitions will appear in a non-art space in order to enhance Rutgers’ academic environment by expanding on the ways in which knowledge can be acquired outside the classroom.  Seed Galleries will be established through the collaborative efforts of those within and without the University context, will highlight the relevance of visual literacy in understanding our intellectual landscape, and will provide platforms for voices that historically may have been excluded from the History of Art or recognized academic pursuit. 

Sep 06 2016 - Jul 31 2017

Re-made Garden: Ira Wagner

This exhibition is located in Engelhard Hall 1st Floor lobby at Rutgers University-Newark, 190 University Ave, Newark NJ 07102

Ira Wagner, "Elizabeth", from the Garden State series, 2015, archival inkjet print, 30”x40”, courtesy of the artist

Ira Wagner, “Elizabeth”, from the Garden State series, 2015, archival inkjet print, 30”x40”, courtesy of the artist

In this photographic series titled Garden State, the artist Ira Wagner explores the industrial landscape of New Jersey. Documenting different areas familiar to many commuters passing the Garden-State, these isolated places become remote from both our consciousness and body. In these photographs, Wagner captures factories, warehouses, abandon sites, public facilities, roads and bridges, seeking representations of development, decline and renewal. His photographs possess a spectral, unexpected beauty of industrial zones and desolate scenes, emphasizing the man-made altered landscape, where steel, smoke, and monumental structures dominate the composition, yet absent of human presence. The light conditions appear soft and hazy, conjuring a sense of mystery and melancholy that is nevertheless romantic. In these carefully composed photographs, familiar objects and sceneries take on their own shape, evoking a surreal impression, such as the work Goethals Bridge, recalling De Chirico’s metaphysical landscapes and eerie cityscapes. Wagner’s photographic recording of the Garden-State follow the tradition of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s typology of industrial archeology, and can also be seen as an extension to Robert Smithson’s 1967 The Monuments of Passaic, where crumbling structures and machineries he photographed, were regarded and treated as art installations. Each of Wagner’s images are carefully produced, with great attention given to angles and lighting, underscoring both their documentary and fictional qualities.

Curated by Shlomit Dror

This exhibition was made possible by funding from Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grant Initiative.

Seed Galleries – A New Initiative

The purpose of the Seed Galleries is integration: of spaces, of voices, and of intellectual/aesthetic disciplines.  Each for the five year-long pop-up exhibitions will appear in a non-art space in order to enhance Rutgers’ academic environment by expanding on the ways in which knowledge can be acquired outside the classroom.  Seed Galleries will be established through the collaborative efforts of those within and without the University context, will highlight the relevance of visual literacy in understanding our intellectual landscape, and will provide platforms for voices that historically may have been excluded from the History of Art or recognized academic pursuit.