Artist Talks

Kevin Blythe Sampson in Conversation with Renee Stout

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark
Organized by Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Artists Kevin Blythe Sampson and Renée Stout will have a conversation about their artwork, the themes represented therein, and their processes.

Sampson’s work is currently on display at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, under the exhibition title Kevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue, which will be on view through January 27, 2019. The work presented incorporates mixed-media sculptures, drawings, a site-specific mural, and a recent series of porcelain sculptures responding to the Black Lives and Blue Lives Matter movements. Sampson’s work is also on display in the exhibition Olde Soul at PRG’s Box Gallery at Express Newark through February 23, 2019. This show presents a selection of rarely-seen drawings alongside early mixed-media sculptures and ephemera from Sampson’s studio.

Renée Stout is an American sculptor and contemporary artist known for assemblage artworks dealing with her personal history and African-American heritage. Born in Kansas, raised in Pittsburgh, and now living in Washington, D.C., she is strongly connected through her art to New Orleans, and has strong ties to these regions of the US. Her art reflects these connections with a thematic interest in African diasporic culture throughout the country.

Artist Talk: David Antonio Cruz

David Antonio Cruz
Puerto Rican Pieta
Oil on canvas
70 x 70 in. (177.8 x 177.8 cm)
Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York / Museum purchase through a gift from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation / acc.# 2015.7 / Artwork © David Antonio Cruz
Image courtesy of the artist

Monday, October 22, 2018 | 10:00am-11:30am
Main Gallery, Express Newark

David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary, New York-based artist fusing painting, video, and performance to explore the invisibility and silencing of brown and black queer bodies. His work is currently on view in the exhibition, Mirror Mirror.

Artist Talk: Anne-Karin Furunes

Anne-Karin Furunes
Of Faces X (Portraits of Archive Pictures)
Acrylic on canvas, perforated
98 3/8 x 177 1/8 inches
Courtest of the artist

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 12:30pm-2pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Contemporary Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes is best known for hyper realistic portraits created through a rigorous process of perforating the surface of the canvas.

Fashioning Memory

Fabiola Jean-Louis, “Madame Beauvoir’s Painting,” 2016, photograph and paper shoes, 26 x 33 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 6-7:30pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Fashioning Memory will explore the connections between dress and personal narrative, particularly how the symbolisms imbued in the objects we choose to adorn ourselves with allow us to engage in the concealing or revealing of our identities. Discussants include artist Fabiola Jean-Louis; artist Dong Kyu Kim; curator Kalia Brooks Nelson, PhD; and fashion designer Marco Hall, and will be moderated by Dressed co-curator Kristen J. Owens. This conversation is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Dressed.

Dressed Reception & Artist Talks

Lauren Silberman, “First Lady Tammy Dunmore,” 2016, archival pigment print, courtesy of the artist

Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 5-7 p.m.
Window Gallery, Express Newark

Join us on Thursday July 12th at 5 p.m. for the opening reception of Dressed. Dong Kyu Kim, Joseph Liatela, LaKela Brown, Lauren Silberman and Sneha Ganguly will speak about their work in the exhibition at 5:30 p.m.

About the Exhibtion | For centuries, the presentation of one’s physical appearance has intersected with opportunities to communicate a variety of messages—aesthetic as well as social, cultural, and political. Dressed showcases artists who use elements of fashion in their work to not only acknowledge traditional methods of representation, but to imagine contemporary and future narratives in relation to topics such as age, race, beauty, gender, sexuality, politics, and more.

Participating Artists: LaKela Brown, Dario Calmese, Sneha Ganguly, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Dong Kyu Kim, Joseph Liatela, Whitney Lynn, Lauren Silberman

Stop Telling Women to Smile

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 2:30-4pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark


Tatyana Fazlalizadeh & Salamishah Tillet in conversation about issues of gender based harassment and the role of the arts to galvanize change, to educate, and to empower.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn-based artist, a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30, and the creator of Stop Telling Women to Smile, an international street art series that tackles gender based street harassment.

Scholar, author, and activist Salamishah Tillet is co-creator, with her sister Scheherazade Tillet, of the documentary Story of a Rape Survivor and co-founder of A Long Walk Home, Inc, a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate and empower young people to end violence against girls and women.

Presence and Absence: The Paradox of Disability in Portraiture

Riva Lehrer, “66 Degrees,” 2016, acrylic on wood panel, collection of Laura and Larry Gerber

March 1, 2018 | 5-pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Riva Lehrer’s work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body. She is best known for representations of people with impairments, and those whose sexuality or gender identity have long been stigmatized. In this talk, Lehrer examines the history of the visual representation of people with disabilities. This artist talk is presented as part of the exhibition, Mirror Mirror.

People Power

Thursday February 8, 2018 |  5:30pm-7pm
Workshop 2 (Room 312), Express Newark

A panel discussion on grassroots arts organizations and the role of collaboration in creating accessible, democratic, and community-driven arts initiatives. Free and open to everyone, light refreshments provided.

Lisa Conrad, Newark Print Shop
Evonne Davis, Gallery Aferro
Josh MacPhee, Justseeds & Interference Archive

Artist Talk: Kati Vilim

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 | 2:30-4:00PM
Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery, Rutgers University – Newark Campus 

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

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