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.

Aug 14 2017 - Mar 11 2018

Justseeds: Migration Now!

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

Pete Railand, "Migration Now!," 2012, relief print, courtesy of Justseeds

Pete Railand, “Migration Now!,” 2012, relief print, courtesy of Justseeds

Justseeds is a loose print collective with members working in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers who believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action.  This exhibition is constituted by one portfolio they produced on the theme of migration.  Justseeds want to re-imagine migration as an inevitability, as a social practice that is not to be prevented but to be related to, like weather. All migration starts with social relationships. When people move, they are going either towards their families or communities, or more often, away from them. They move to help their relatives, or support them by leaving. People migrate because their homes stifle them, because those homes become burdens they need to shed in order to have full lives. They move in search of opportunity, or to escape their past, or to simply survive. They move because of lies they are told and that they come to believe, and they move to fulfill the most beautiful and fragile of dreams. Migration is fundamentally about our right to move freely across planet Earth, in search of our fullest and best selves.

May 02 2017 - Sep 10 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.

 

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”

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