Jan 21 2014 - Apr 02 2014
Opening Reception Jan 30, 2014, 5-7pm
The need to convey data, statistics, and territory in a creative manner is a challenge embraced by artists who have used data abstractions—including maps, charts, and diagrams—as the basis for their work. Artists explore how visual representation of information can manifest not only the literal and calculable, but also the intangible, inestimable, and subjective.
Artists in this exhibition: Manuel Acevedo, Alice Attie, Rob Carter, Dahlia Elsayed, Nick Lamia, Mark Lombardi, Loren Munk, John Jerome O’Connor, Nell Painter, Joseph Gerard Sabatino, Fred Wilson
This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by Anonda Bell, Caren King Choi, Darin Jensen, Stephen S. Hall, Hand Drawn Map Association & Kris Harzinski, and Peter Turchi.
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.
This mural will be on display on the ground floor of the Robeson Campus Center (outside the Main Gallery) until July 31, 2015. Brought to you by the Robeson Campus Center and the Paul Robeson Galleries.
Jan 21 2014 - Jul 30 2014
Gail Mitchell began making quilts for her children from articles of cast off clothing. She soon began to incorporate photo transfers into her quilts, documenting historical events and honoring the accomplishments of African American artists, authors, poets, academics, and politicians. She writes, “Americans need to remember and to be reminded that African American history is American history.”
Mitchell’s work has been exhibited at institutions of higher education across New Jersey and at the Newark Museum. Mitchell is a retired educator and teacher of English as a second language.
Jan 21 2014 - Jul 30 2014
An exhibition of work by New Jersey artists Eleta Caldwell, Gladys Grauer, Vivian McDuffie, Bisa Washington, Florence Weisz, and Adrienne Wheeler. This group show is presented in conjunction with Women in Media-Newark’s 5th Annual Women’s History Month Film Festival, which will take place from March 6-8, 2014, at the Robeson Campus Center.
Women in Media-Newark is an organization that advocates for and educates the public about issues affecting the lives of women using film, video and new media as its platform. Merging culture and academia, it rallies behind the brave women who courageously struggle to assume leadership roles in the film industry with a conscious effort to present a balanced image of women, dispelling stereotypes, and changing public perception of their sisters worldwide.
Jan 30 2014 - Jul 30 2014
In Nicaragua, one of Central America’s poorest nations, preventable maternal mortality and childbirth complications plague the nation. The photographs in this exhibition show the efforts of Rutgers-Newark students to improve these conditions. Through the six-day International Service Learning and Leadership Exchange to the capital city of Managua, Rutgers leaders immersed themselves in Nicaraguan culture, engaged in critical dialogues on community health and gender, and helped to forever change the face of international women’s health advocacy and service.
Sep 03 2013 - Jul 31 2014
Kevin Darmanie writes, “The mural is an amalgamation of images drawn together to elicit the conflict and sense of possibility spawned from a blending of two identities: the distant aggressiveness of the Caribbean and the liberal individualism of the American. I employ motifs from my current body of work: a manual construction, a popular phrase, the artist as hero and a map of Trinidad reconfigured to express American sentiments. The work is a spying glass for freedom; the viewer perceives a freedom seemingly apparent in each identity from the confines of the latter identity. The piece also asks, how much of each identity and its social values are lost in exchange for immigrant self actualization?”
After receiving his education in Trinidad & Tobego, Darmanie came to
Newark and has since exhibited in a number of venues including Lex Leonard Gallery, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Gallery Aferro, and the Paul Robeson Galleries. He is a largely self-taught artist with some formal training , whose work is comprised of comic books, works on paper, paintings, murals, and installations. His work melds such seemingly disparate elements as critical art theory and the techniques of fine art with comic illustration.
Criminal Justice Gallery
Sep 03 2013 - Jul 30 2014
“I am questioning, ‘What is justice?’ The need for innovation and risk in reform efforts and the impact of our prison industrial complex on poor families must be seriously considered. Too often, we overlook the imperative to incorporate creative methods to stimulate social justice reform. Family is used as a metaphor in my imagery encouraging the observer to engage in discourse and challenge assumptions. The title ‘Inside-Out’ refers to both the prisoner and the impact on the family dynamic.”
Carol Shapiro visited her first prison at the age of 16, and has since been a powerful force in pushing justice reform. She studied art and criminology at Carnegie Mellon University and founded a not-for-profit organization called Family Justice. Family Justice uses the visual and performing arts to raise awareness and organize interventions that engage social networks and staff of correctional facilities. Shapiro’s life has seen an inextricable twining of her passions for art and reform.