Current Exhibitions

Main Gallery

Jan 20 2015 - Apr 01 2015

Empire of Dirt

Dirt is a substance so common that it is known to all regardless of location.  It may be dust, soil, earth, clay, loam, grime, silt, filth or mud.  It is a substance reviled by some as a marker of poor hygiene, or cherished by others who grow plants.  Dirt is waste, excrement, rubbish, bacteria, it is also a humble foundation for mighty buildings.  In the home or laboratory a constant battle with dirt is waged.  This exhibition will expand the dialogue on dirt.

Artists in this exhibition: Kim Abeles, Allison Cekala, Wim Delvoye, Alisha McCurdy, Laura Moriarty, Nancy Ori, Alexandre Orion, Dorene M. Quinn, Raquel Rabinovich, Shelby Shadwell

The Wall

Feb 15 2014 - Jul 31 2015

Nelson Mandela Tribute Mural by Warcheerah Kilima

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist and the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.  This tribute mural by Warcheerah Kilima celebrates Mandela’s achievements on the world stage, and his lifelong commitment to equality for all.

About his use of a tree to symbolize Mandela’s life and work, Kilima writes: “Trees represent the movement from what something (or someone) has been into what it has become over time… Tree roots can run deep, travel far, and fit and attach themselves to places, around things, and survive in inhospitable locations.”  Kilima draws upon diverse African and global arts traditions, incorporating symbols, significant historical events, and lyrics from popular songs.

Warcheerah H. S. Kilima was born in Tanzania and raised near Dar es Salaam.  He studied at the Bagamoyo College of Art (TASUBA) and helped develop opportunities for local artists, including co-founding an artists’ market in an old slave market.  Kilima’s work has exhibited in Africa, Europe, and the United States.  He is also an educator, leading programs and workshops that teach many aspects of art making, including puppetry, murals, recycled art, and spoken word poetry.

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This mural is brought to you by the Robeson Campus Center and the Paul Robeson Galleries.

U-Gallery

Sep 02 2014 - May 16 2015

Sojourn: Linda Hu & Krissia Thaiane

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Though vastly different in style and medium, both Linda Hu and Krissia Thaiane’s practices are marked by a meditative, progressive building-out from simplicity to complexity.  These two emerging artists are recent graduates from Rutgers University-Newark’s Department of Arts, Culture and Media.

The bulk of Linda Hu’s work consists of traditional pen and ink on paper.  The black and white drawings expose a practice that is obsessive and precise, with complex detail rippling outward from a foundational framework.  The long periods of strenuous and meditative concentration, she writes, “provide the time and quiet for me to construct connections with people, ideas, environments.”

Krissia Thaiane writes, “My work explores the strength and frailty of the fabric of family and tradition through knitted industrial materials.”  Each individual knot is magnified by the ponderousness of the materials and multiplied by the outsized act of knitting, drawing attention to the relationship between part and whole.

Orbit 1

Jan 20 2015 - Jul 30 2015

Healing Through Art: A Collaborative Exhibition

This juried exhibition is a collaboration between the Healing Arts Program of Atlantic Health System and Paul Robeson Galleries of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – Newark Campus.  To celebrate their shared vision for art and its engagement with the community, Healing Arts and Paul Robeson Galleries invite artists from the community and around the world to share their vision of the restorative effects of art. Many artists have experienced art-making as a healing tool to help them navigate through life’s physical and emotional difficulties and to improve their spirit and well-being.

Artists in this exhibition: Mini Arora, Sandra Deanda, Jane Dell, Chloë Feldman Emison, Rida Fatima, Michael S. Fenton, Kate Matthiesen, Trung Pham, Kathleen Rebek, Karen Starrett, Ellen Waldstein, Florence Weisz, and Jave Yoshimoto.

A panel discussion, “Healing Through the Arts: An Interdisciplinary Discussion on the Benefits of Engaging in the Creative Experience” will be held on February 25, 2015 at 230pm in the Main Gallery of the Paul Robeson Galleries.  Speakers: Danny Marain, MT-BC, Healing Arts music therapist; Deb Douek, MS Ed, LCAT, ATR-BC, CCLS, Healing Arts art therapist; Mike Fenton, participating artist and Healing Arts volunteer/professional; and Ania Lesiak, Healing Arts professional.

 

Orbit 2

Jan 20 2015 - Jul 30 2015

Fertile Soil

In 2014 the world lost two great female artists, Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee.  Not only were they artists but also political and social activists.  This exhibition, curated by Gladys Grauer, coincides with the Women in Media Film Festival and features New Jersey artists Yvette Lucas, Rosalind Nzinga Nichol, Sarah Petruziello, and Nette Forne Thomas.

“You may write me down in history
With your bitter twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

Maya Angelou

Pequod Deck

Feb 16 2015 - Jul 30 2015

Our Common Cause: Rutgers University-Newark Students Engaging Women’s Health in Nicaragua-Spring 2015

An exhibition of photographs documenting a seven-day International Service Learning and Leadership Exchange, in which Rutgers University-Newark students worked to improve health conditions for mothers and children in Managua, Nicaragua.

 

 

Messier Gallery

Sep 02 2014 - Jul 30 2015

Under/Over: Dahlia Elsayed

Dahlia Elsayed, "Under/Over," 2014, acrylic and latex paint, 119"x165", Courtesy of the artist

Dahlia Elsayed, “Under/Over,” 2014, acrylic and latex paint, 119″x165″, Courtesy of the artist

Dahlia Elsayed writes, “The murals are all based around the idea of celebrating the brutalist architecture of the Newark Campus. The much-maligned architectural style features strong geometric shapes, repetition of modular elements, and raw materials. I wanted to use the physical experience of walking around the campus and viewing the buildings from multiple points—from eye level, from above and from below. So the painted shapes that appear on the walls are directly linked to those research navigations and echo the shapes of the buildings—the side view of the concrete awning on Boyden Hall, the thin windows in between concrete slabs of the Dana Library, the overhang of the roof of Smith Hall, etc. There are also references to the natural elements (day sky/night sky) but these too are presented in hard-edged forms, echoing the architectural shapes.  The three walls of the mural present three different readings of the sketches made during those walks. One is presented as a long panorama/scroll, another as a triptych, and the third as an unbound diagram. The title Under/Over relates to the different viewpoints when I was looking at the buildings and also to the formal elements and painting process of the murals.”

Dahlia Elsayed’s paintings and installations have been exhibited in group and solo shows in the United States, Poland, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Italy, Armenia, and Egypt.  Her work can be found in the collections of The Newark Museum, the US Department of State—Art in Embassies, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, The Jersey City Museum, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Noyes Museum of Art, Ritz Carlton Hotel NYC, and many more.  Elsayed is currently an assistant professor of fine arts at CUNY LaGuardia Community College.

Criminal Justice Gallery

Jan 20 2015 - Jul 30 2015

Clark Stoeckley: The United States Versus Private Chelsea Manning

Reception on Tuesday, March 10th, 4pm
123 Washington Street, 5th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102
Join us for a reception with the artist.  Free and open to the public, refreshments provided.

Drawing and writing in real time from inside the courtroom, artist and WikiLeaks activist Clark Stoeckley here captures first-hand the extraordinary drama of The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning, one of the most important and secretive trials in American history.

In the course of the trial, Private Manning insists that her release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs to WikiLeaks was an act of conscience, justified by the urgent need to reveal to the world the atrocities committed by the US military in the ostensible cause of freedom. At the prosecution table, military lawyers for the American government seek to set an example and discourage future whistleblowers by locking away Manning for decades, possibly the rest of her life.

Clark Stoeckley, Providence Inquiry, February 28, 2013, ink and colored pencil, 8 ½”x12”, courtesy of the artist

Clark Stoeckley, Providence Inquiry, February 28, 2013, ink and colored pencil, 8 ½”x12”, courtesy of the artist