Current Exhibitions

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 of 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”

“Articulations: Jaz Graf”

“Re-made Garden: Ira Wagner”

“Beneath Such Dreamy Moments: Joan Pamboukes”

“Pam Owens: Inverted Architecture”

Sep 05 2017 - May 13 2018

Pavel Romaniko: A Guide to Collective Melancholy

Criminal Justice Gallery at the Rutgers Center for Law & Justice
123 Washington Street 5th Floor, Newark NJ 07102

Join us on November 2nd from 3 to 5 p.m. for a reception and artist talk. Reception will begin at 3 p.m. in Room 571, followed by an artist talk at 4 p.m. in Room 025. RSVP on Facebook.


Pavel Romaniko, “Untitled (Accident)”, 2016, digital chromogenic print, 16”x20”, courtesy of the artist

Pavel Romaniko, “Untitled (Accident)”, 2016, digital chromogenic print, 16”x20”, courtesy of the artist

“My work has long dealt with change, and specifically with the opposites of that concept. On the one hand, the world and society have sped up and the rate at which everything is changing has become immeasurable. On the other hand, some societies have resisted that change—constructing bubbles and keeping them afloat. Post-Soviet Russia is one of those places.

“For many years, I had travelled between the United States and Russia to look for and photograph signs of change; I eventually stopped bringing a camera. I realized that I was reliving and producing the same images over and over again. I felt as though I were making copies, therefore I chose to take a different approach to constructing copies. I bought paper and scissors, a knife and glue, and I started remaking the content of my images into small paper sets later to be photographed.

“Just like Russia itself, my act of making these images anew has become metaphoric of the country’s problematic relationship with its own past. At the moment of remembering something, the Russian people seem to forget that very same thing that they had just tried to recall. And this process repeats. The same image is re-made over and over again. In psychology such behavior is often attributed to people that have lived through traumatic events. This in itself often blocks experiences from converting into memories, and instead leads to forgetting.”

Sep 20 2017 - Apr 07 2018

Resistance Across Time

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

"Every Body Moves Against Control", 2004, 23"x17", Courtesy of the collection of Interference Archive

“Every Body Moves Against Control”, 2004, 23″x17″, Courtesy of the collection of Interference Archive


“Resistance Across Time” is a selection of posters from Interference Archive meant to remind viewers of the long history of social movements led by and in support of women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and the rights and safety of people of color. Social movements and the fight for justice, fairness and equality have being taking place for centuries of human history. In the U.S. the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties is often taught and discussed as the most defining series of actions and events towards social justice. Archives like Interference’s show us that the struggle is multifaceted, ceaseless, and ever evolving.

Movements often help us develop and employ the language that we use to describe our experiences and desires, that language is developed within the context of time, community and people, and that language changes to reflect the charging atmosphere and evolving contexts that it functions to serve.

This exhibition is created to honor the women, LGBTQ people and People of Color who have led the way in the past, often at great personal sacrifice and high cost, while also encouraging next generation social justice warriors to learn from our history while they develop and create new methodologies and practices to try and carry us forward toward a better future for all people.

Interference Archive is an all-volunteer run community archive in Brooklyn, NY. The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements.

Opening reception for ‘Resistance Across Time’ will be on Saturday October 7th, 2017 from 3pm – 5pm at the third floor lobby in Express Newark Hahne’s Building. RSVP on Facebook.

Curated by Evonne M. Davis


May 10 2017 - Jun 01 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

Feb 15 2018 - Mar 28 2018


Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., 1st Floor, Newark, NJ 07102

Kay Reese, Hearing It, 2013, photograph printed on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist

Kay Reese, Hearing It, 2013, photograph printed on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist

February 15 – March 28, 2018
Opening reception: March 15, 2018, 5-6:30pm | RSVP on Facebook
Curated by Adrienne Wheeler and Gladys Grauer

Participating artists: Rachel B. Abrams, Suzanne Anan, Aliza Augustine, Kathy Bruce, Donna Conklin King, Lisa Conrad, Anne Dushanko Dobek, Deanna Lee, Anne McKeown, Rachel Rampleman, Kay Reese, Nette Forné Thomas, RoByn Thompson, Genesis Tramaine, Noelle Lorraine Williams, Amanda Thackray, Jennifer Coard, Bisa Washington, Eleta Caldwell, Miriam Stern

Each year Women In Media – Newark presents a thematic exhibition of works by visual artists that coincides with their annual film festival. This year’s theme is Women in Transition. On view at the Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery from February 15 to March 28, Transitions features work from 20 artists in a range of media, curated by Adrienne Wheeler and Gladys Grauer. The exhibition attempts to examine the ways in which transitions or the state of transitioning impacts the works of women artists. These transitions are inclusive of, but not limited to gender identity transition, transition to motherhood, transition in aging, transition in work, transition through loss, transition in grief, transition in death.

Feb 19 2018 - Dec 20 2018

Mirror Mirror

Main Gallery, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102

Anne-Karin Furunes Of Faces X (Portraits of Archive Pictures) 2016 Acrylic on canvas, perforated 98 3/8 x 177 1/8 inches Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, New York

Anne-Karin Furunes
“Of Faces X (Portraits of Archive Pictures)”
Acrylic on canvas, perforated
98 3/8 x 177 1/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, New York

Opening reception: March 1, 5-8pm | RSVP on Facebook

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Mirror Mirror presents works in a variety of media from thirty-two international emerging and established artists and one artist collective: Manuel Acevedo, Zoë Charlton, Paolo Cirio, David Antonio Cruz, Kevin Darmanie, E.V. Day, Leah DeVun, Nona Faustine, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Anne-Karin Furunes, Phyllis Galembo, Chitra Ganesh, William Kentridge, Riva Lehrer, Ani Liu, Jessamyn Lovell, Hyphen-Labs (Carmen Aguilar y Wedge, Ece Tankal, Ashley Baccus), Peggie Miller, Anna Ogier-Bloomer, Polixeni Papapetrou, Patricia Piccinini, Wendy Red Star, Faith Ringgold, Kevin Blythe Sampson, María Verónica San Martín, Leo Selvaggio, Laura Splan, Dread Scott, Beat Streuli, Arne Svenson, Shoshanna Weinberger, Deborah Willis, and Martha Wilson.


Mirror Mirror plumbs the relationship between identity, cultural norms, and representation. In the most abbreviated of forms, a portrait is a depiction of a person, usually a face, occasionally a torso, sometimes more of the body, or even a symbolic presentation of an aspect of an individual’s character. The artists in the show have approached the subject of portraiture in a multitude of ways. Historically, portraiture was utilized in service of the ruling classes, and some of the works in the exhibition explore the machinations of the powerful, touching upon the fraught histories of colonialism, slavery, American inference abroad, and eugenic practices. Photography is presented in both documentary modes and as a means to deconstruct representations of femininity, adolescence, and motherhood. Other artists work in non-traditional media, exploring the portrait painted by our data and bacteria, and radical possibilities of self-invention through new virtual and bio technologies. Taken as a whole, the works in Mirror Mirror communicate the connected nature of representation and self-determination.


The exhibition is accompanied by a 140-page illustrated catalog with essays from Susan Bright, Amanda Cachia, Nell Painter, Dorothy Santos, Jay Stanley, Anne Swartz, Jorge Daniel Veneciano, and Carla Christopher Waid, amongst others. Mirror Mirror includes a dynamic schedule of free, public and educational programs that include a performance of David Antonio Cruz’s green,howiwantyougreen; artist talks from Kevin Darmanie, Riva Lehrer, Peggie Miller, Kevin Blythe Sampson, Laura Splan; curator tours; workshops, and more.

Mar 15 2018 - May 26 2018

The Shadows of Houses

The Box Gallery, Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor | Newark, NJ 07102

Terry Boddie, Watering the Walk, 2001, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches, courtesy of the artist

Terry Boddie, Watering the Walk, 2001, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches, courtesy of the artist

March 15 – May 26, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 15, 6:30-8pm | RSVP on Facebook


The Shadows of Houses is a three-person show featuring black and white photographs from Terry Boddie, Shakia Lewis, and Cesar Melgar. The title of exhibition is taken from Newark native Amiri Baraka’s poem “Legacy,” a mediation on history and home. Melgar’s street photography cast a sharp eye on the inhabitants and city of Newark. Selections from Lewis’ series, The Value of Hope, focus on the small details of the subjects lives in an attempt to transform over-determined narratives of homelessness. Boddie’s pictures capture fleeting moments of intimacy between people and their environments.