Mar 15 2018 - May 26 2018
The Box Gallery, Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor | Newark, NJ 07102
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.
Apr 12 2018 - Jul 07 2018
Window Gallery, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102
Opening reception on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 6-8pm
This important and powerful portrait project founded by artist Christine Ilewski commemorates young victims of gun violence and offers support and comfort to their families. Local artists are invited to paint portraits of the victims, which are donated to the families. A digital image of the original portrait is incorporated into a quilt. The Faces Not Forgotten: New Jersey Quilt will be unveiled for the first time in this exhibition, featuring artwork by Audrey Anastasi, Lawrence Ciarallo, Linda Karlsberg, Diana Kurz, Jimmy Leslie, Jennifer Mack, Amanda McCutcheon, Eric Velasquez. This exhibition is co-curated by Christine Ilewski and Jim Bergesen. Other quilts on display in this exhibition include Chicago, Houston, and Georgia. The quilts have been exhibited in locations including the Vaughn Cultural Center, the Central Reform Congregation, the Foundry, the University of MO-STL, Blackburn College, Soulard Art Market, the Maryland Heights Community Center, The Regional Arts Center, and Christ Church Cathedral. The project has been featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch and recently on BBC news.
For more information, visit www.facesnotforgotten.com
Feb 19 2018 - Dec 20 2018
Main Gallery, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102
Opening reception: March 1, 5-8pm | RSVP on Facebook
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.
Sep 05 2017 - Apr 27 2018
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.
“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.”
Apr 04 2016 - May 30 2018
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:
May 10 2017 - Jun 01 2018
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