Current Exhibitions

Sep 05 2017 - Feb 01 2018

Plexity: Kati Vilim

Robeson Campus Center Gallery
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark NJ 07102

Kati Vilim, “Forces,” 2017, oil, canvas on panel, 39.5”x39.5”, courtesy of the artist

Kati Vilim, “Forces,” 2017, oil, canvas on panel, 39.5”x39.5”, courtesy of the artist

 

Kati Vilim is a Hungarian born, Newark based geometric abstractionist. The work presented in this exhibition is the result of her time as the Robeson Galleries inaugural Artist in Residence at Express Newark.

Opening reception for ‘Plexity’ will be on Wednesday September 13th, 2017 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center from 5pm – 7pm. RSVP on Facebook.

Sep 05 2017 - Feb 23 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

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.”

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

Lalo Alcaraz, "Migration Now!" 2012, screenprint, courtesy of Justseeds

Lalo Alcaraz, “Migration Now!” 2012, screenprint, 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.

Opening reception for ‘Justseeds: Migration Now!’ will be on Saturday October 7th, 2017 from 3pm – 5pm at the second floor lobby in Express Newark Hahne’s Building. RSVP on Facebook.

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 - 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