Current Exhibitions

Oct 04 2018 - Mar 16 2019

Body Anomaly: Arts Unbound

Rosary Solimanto, Armor of Adaptation: Vulnerability, 2017

On view at the Window Gallery, Express Newark
Opening reception: October 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. | RSVP on Facebook

Participating artists: Sybil Archibald, Monica Chulewicz, Maria Mineo, Katinka Neuhof, Theda Sandiford, Rosary Solimanto
Curator: Celene Ryan, Director of Artist Development, Arts Unbound

Body Anomaly: Arts Unbound includes six woman artists who each have a physical disability, a body glitch. Each reveals a complex relationship to their physical anomaly through their art; living with physical limitations, physical and emotional pain, body shape and image differences, and discrimination. Each artist examines how to work with, adapt to, and negotiate their unique physical anomaly, visible or – as for four of the artists – invisible, informs their art making.

Body Anomaly: Arts Unbound demonstrates that the experience of having a disability is met with broad and layered spectrum of emotional and philosophical approaches. Through the wide scope perspectives presented in the art, this exhibition aims to broaden and deepen our understanding of what “disability” means for an individual.

Arts Unbound is dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and to the continuing artistic enrichment of seniors. They provide visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete on the retail market. By promoting the work of artists with disabilities and seniors, Arts Unbound centers their art-making rather than any impairments and by doing so challenge the stigma associated with disability and aging.

Sep 01 2018 - Feb 23 2019

Kevin Blythe Sampson: Olde Soul

The Box Gallery
54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor | Newark, NJ 07102

Photo of Kevin Blythe Sampson by Cesar Melgar

Opening reception: October 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. | RSVP on Facebook

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Olde Soul presents a selection of rarely-seen drawings by Kevin Blythe Sampson, alongside early mixed-media sculptures and ephemera from the artist’s studio.

The son of a civil rights leader, Sampson was raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He initially trained with and joined the New Jersey police force as a sketch artist and served for eighteen years, ten of which were spent police sketching. A series of family tragedies eventually compelled him to heal himself by making art.

“I am a member of my community, and my job is to get their hopes, dreams, loves, and hates out there,” Sampson has said of his practice. “It’s my obligation. I go out in the streets. I run my mouth all day long. I fi nd out what people are thinking about most things. I try to fi nd out the real stories behind people’s lives. I need all of them to make my day and to make a piece of work.”

This exhibition is held in dialog with the large-scale survey exhibition, Kevin Sampson: Black and Blue, on view at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, from September 28, 2018, to January 27, 2019.

Sep 04 2018 - Dec 10 2018

Cuba Today: Through the Eyes of Eleven Photographers

CJ Gallery
Center for Law & Justice, Fifth Floor
123 Washington Street, 5th Floor | Newark NJ 07102

Barbara Berger Brill
Ballet
2013
Inkjet print
Courtesy of the artist

Cuba is much more than old cars and cigars. This exhibition brings together a diverse group of photographers whose journeys have taken them from Santiago De Cuba and Guantanamo in the east to Camaguey, Trinidad, Santa Clara, and Havana in the west. Their work give us an opportunity to see the Cuban people with new eyes. Their images are a testament to richness of the Cuban peoples’ heritage, culture, history, diversity, and ingenuity as well as the Cuban government’s reminders of their revolution. With work from Cyndie Burkhardt, Barbara Berger Brill, E. Jan Kounitz, Marsha Michel, Nancy Ori, Franc Palaia, Karen Rossen, Jay Seldin, Constance Sterling-Engman, Heidi Sussma, and Peter Tilgner.

Curated by Peter Tilgner.

Feb 19 2018 - Dec 20 2018

Mirror Mirror

Main Gallery, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Stop Telling Women to Smile, 2018, wheat paste installation, dimension variable, courtesy of the artist

Opening reception: March 1, 5-8pm | RSVP on Facebook

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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.

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