Artist Talks

Michael Mandiberg Artist Talk

Installation view of Michael Mandiberg, Quantified Self Portrait (One Year Performance), 2016–17 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, February 16 – August 8, 2017

April 12, 2019 | 4 p.m.
Room 213, Lecture Hall, Express Newark

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Artist Michael Mandiberg will discuss their recent projects, artistic process, and the themes that recur in their work. Mandiberg is an interdisciplinary artist whose work manifests the poetics and politics of the information age. Mandiberg works within systems to make visible processes that are often hidden in plain sight, or on public web servers. While technically sophisticated, Mandiberg’s work exceeds simple novelty to make propositions about how our lives are being shaped by these tools, and the ideologies undergirding them. This queer approach crosses media and evades stable categorization: from large-scale installations like Print Wikipedia’s 7,473 books, to custom software driven durational performance like Quantified Self Portrait, to socially engaged pedagogy like the New York Arts Practicum and collaborations such as Art+Feminism, of which Mandiberg is a co-founder and co-lead organizer.

Mandiberg received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Brown University. Mandiberg’s projects have been exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New Museum, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Arizona State University Museum and Library, Denny Gallery, Eyebeam, and Transmediale, amongst others, and are in the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum and 21c Museum. Mandiberg’s work has been written about widely, including in Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, The New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal.

Mandiberg is the recipient of a LACMA Art+Technology Lab grant, three Eyebeam fellowships, a Mellon fellowship at the CUNY Graduate Center, several Wikimedia Foundation grants, and commissions from Rhizome,, and Link Art Center/Abandon Normal Devices. Mandiberg has participated in residencies at Fonderie Darling, the Banff Centre, Eyebeam, the MacDowell Colony, and 18th Street Arts Center.

Mandiberg is Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and Doctoral Faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. Mandiberg’s work lives at

Mandiberg will be in conversation with the Paul Robeson Galleries’ Jacqueline Mabey. This event is organized in collaboration with the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at Rutgers University – Newark.

Jaimee Todd Artist Talk

April 17, 2019, 10am-12pm
Workshop 2, Express Newark
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Join us for a talk where Jaimee Todd will share insights into her practice. The talk will take place in Workshop 2, Express Newark. Following the talk, participants will walk to the CJ Gallery at the Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University – Newark to view Todd’s exhibition, Fluid Resistance: Heroism in Two Acts.

Jaimee Todd lives and works in New York City. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Todd’s work has been shown at the Mint Museum, Charlotte; The National Black Theatre, New York; and the New York Mercantile Exchange, as well as in a number of private galleries. She is a regular contributor to Postcards From the Edge, an annual charity benefit that supports New York City artists living with HIV/AIDS. Her video installations have also been used to highlight the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Todd has been published in MfonWomen Photographers of the African Diaspora and RadarStation magazine.

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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