Current Exhibitions

Jan 23 2017 - Dec 22 2017

Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50

The Main Gallery at Express Newark
54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ

The Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) has been collecting jazz records at Rutgers University—Newark and sharing them with a wide audience for the past 50 years.  These not only include sound recordings of jazz music, but also the “record” of jazz history found in photographs, documents, written music, and historic artifacts.  Expanding on the original vision of IJS founder Marshall Stearns, the Institute has grown to become one of the biggest centers in the world for the study of jazz history.  Most importantly, the IJS preserves these valuable materials that document jazz history so that people can use them now and into the future.  IJS users listen to recordings, study archival documents, read books about jazz, or look for a piece of music to play, to name a few common uses. *Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50* is the first time the IJS has exhibited so many of its treasures at once.  Although they represent only a small fraction of the Institute’s collections, the artifacts, documents, and sound recordings in this exhibit provide a record of IJS history and the music at its core.

Jan 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017

Looped Dialogue: Dominique Duroseau

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The Box Gallery at Express Newark
54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102

Hours: Mon-Wed, 12-5pm, Thurs 12-8pm, Sat 12-5pm

“The narrative which I create, as an artist, urges viewers to reexamine the world around them, notice patterns, human behavior, cause and effect, analyze subjects from different viewpoints, and ask questions even if they cause discomfort.” – Dominique Duroseau.

May 02 2017 - Aug 27 2017

Brick by Brick, Ironbound Oral History Collection

The Glassbook Project Flyer (3)

Unveiling Event
Monday April 24, 2017
1130am-1pm
Express Newark Room 312
54 Halsey Street, Newark NJ 07102

Window Gallery at Express Newark
54 Halsey Street 3rd floor, Newark NJ 07102

GlassBook Project: Brick by Brick, The Ironbound Oral History Collection was created by Artists-in-Residence paulA neves and Adrienne Wheeler in collaboration with Dr. Tim Raphael and students in the Honors Living and Learning Community course “Ironbound GlassBook Project.” This urban research and studio-based art course  immersed students  in the Ironbound neighborhood  of Newark and the Oral History of the Ironbound Project archive a collection of over 250 interviews with Lusophone migrants that was founded in 2002 by Dr. Kimberly DaCosta Holton. The interviews served as inspiration for books  produced by the student artists with Newark-based GlassRoots. The books are abstract portraits of the individuals and their stories from the archive’s oral recordings. They are on display as a catalyst for public dialogue about the Ironbound and the role of immigrants in shaping Newark and its history.

The GlassBook Project, ongoing since 2009, is a socially engaged artwork by Nick Kline that attempts to bear truthful witness to lived experience, particularly of those who have undergone struggles and psychological trauma. Together with students in a Rutgers Book Arts class and visiting artists-in-residence, Kline facilitates the collaboration creation of unique artists’ books that are literally made out of glass. The GBP is not focused on depicting a trauma event itself, nor a clinical definition of trauma, nor is it art therapy. Rather, GBP’s main concept is to step into the shoes of another and from this experience, create compelling abstract portraits.

Brick By Brick was created in partnership with  Newest Americans  and the Center for Migration and the Global City, at Rutgers University-Newark. The project received support from the Honors Living Learning Community, the Office of the FASN Dean and the Office of the Chancellor at Rutgers University-Newark. Students received training in glass book production at GlassRoots, Newark, NJ. Brick by Brick is the 11th collection of the GlassBook Project. A special thanks to Ironbound project consultant Dr. Kimberly DaCosta Holton, playwright/screenwriter Richard Wesley and poet/essayist Hugo Dos Santos who generously shared their knowledge of the Ironbound with the student artists.

 

Jan 17 2017 - Jul 31 2017

Portrait Garden

Lynn Cazabon, "Portrait Garden (Wendi, Hemerocallis, ‘Pardon Me’)"

Lynn Cazabon, “Portrait Garden (Wendi, Hemerocallis, ‘Pardon Me’)”

An exhibition by Lynn Cazabon

School of Criminal Justice Gallery at the Rutgers Center for Law & Justice
123 Washington Street 5th Floor, Newark NJ

Reception Monday, March 20, 2-4pm

Portrait Garden is a metaphorical garden of “portraits” of eleven women incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCIW), a multilevel security prison in Jessup, Maryland. Portrait Garden used environmental stewardship as a tool for self-reflection, resulting in the creation of three perennial gardens on the prison grounds. Cazabon conducted interviews with each woman, asking them to self-identify with perennial plants. She then selected for each an additional, native species. In the fall of 2013, Cazabon and the eleven women established the gardens, which the women continued to maintain. The following spring, Cazabon returned to photograph the mature plants, creating Portrait Garden, a collection of photographs of the cultivated plants paired with the recorded conversations she shared with each woman.

Jul 25 2016 - Jul 31 2017

Indivisible: Vaughn Spann

Vaughn Spann, "Indivisible" (installation shot with the artist), 2016, acrylic, enamel paint on glass, approx. 8’x8’, courtesy of the artist and the Office of Admissions, Rutgers University-Newark

Vaughn Spann, “Indivisible” (installation shot with the artist), 2016, acrylic, enamel paint on glass, approx. 8’x8’, courtesy of the artist and the Office of Admissions, Rutgers University-Newark

Engelhard Hall adjacent to the Office of Admissions
190 University Ave, Newark NJ

Reception Thursday, October 20 5-7pm

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 in collaboration with the Paul Robeson Galleries.

Apr 04 2016 - May 30 2018

Seed Grant Galleries

A New Initiative

The purpose of the Seed Grant 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 Grant 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. 

Click here for more information on Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grants.

The Seed Grant Gallery exhibitions are as follows:

“The Ade Series: Ade Bunmi Gbadebo” – now closed

“Articulations: Jaz Graf”

“Re-made Garden: Ira Wagner”

“Beneath Such Dreamy Moments: Joan Pamboukes”

“Pam Owens: Inverted Architecture”

May 10 2017 - May 30 2018

Pam Owens: Inverted Architecture

Pam Owens, "Move Toward Open Arms," 2008, digital print, 30"x40", courtesy of the artist

Pam Owens, “Move Toward Open Arms,” 2008, digital print, 30″x40″, courtesy of the artist

Conklin Hall, Department of African and African-American Studies
175 University Ave 3rd Floor, Newark NJ

Pam Owens is a Newark born and raised artist.  She has a B.A. in History and an M.F.A. in Photography.  Owens does not use photography as a medium for literal representation of the world.  She is instead interested in her medium as a way to see with the invisible eye, to experience something beyond a depiction of an object or space to a sensation, an energy contained within a two dimensional plane.  The title of the exhibition provides a clue as to her intention.  Architecture may be defined as forming a unified, coherent form or structure, but when inverted there is room for something much less concrete.  This is the space that Owens occupies with her photos.

Curated by Adrienne Wheeler

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.

Reception Thursday, September 22, 5-7pm

Dedicated in memory of Ben McClellan.

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. In this work, Pamboukes also explores the way we experience the world through the interference of constantly evolving technologies and ubiquity of images online. The device’s basic technological capabilities and photographic functions, enables Pamboukes to depict the parlor section of the house as distorted and fragmented, causing the uneven surface and pixilated texture. 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 this work, rather than the site itself, redefines a moment in time, and by fusing together two disparate worlds, of technological advancement and history, 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. By observing 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

Built in 1885 for the celebrated Newark beer-brewing family, the Ballantine House contains a suite of galleries and period rooms and has been part of the Newark Museum since 1937.

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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Sep 06 2016 - Jul 31 2017

Re-made Garden: Ira Wagner

Engelhard Hall
190 University Ave 1st Floor, Newark NJ

Reception Thursday, October 20 5-7pm

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 through the Garden-State, these isolated places become remote from both their 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 humans. 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 German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher’s typology of industrial archeology, and can also be seen as an extension to American artist Robert Smithson’s 1967 The Monuments of Passaic, where crumbling structures and machineries he photographed around New Jersey, 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.

 

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

Engelhard Hall
190 University Ave 1st Floor, Newark NJ

Reception Thursday, October 20 5-7pm

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

 

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