Current Exhibitions

Mar 08 2019 - Jun 08 2019

Black & White: A Visual Dialogue

Nell Painter, The History of White People, digital print on foamcore. Courtesy of the artist.

Box Gallery, Express Newark
Participating Artists: Dominique Duroseau, Grace Lynne Haynes, Nell Painter
Curators: Gladys Barker Grauer and Adrienne Wheeler
Organized in collaboration with Women In Media – Newark

Opening reception: March 28, 6-8pm | RSVP on Facebook


Black: power, fear, mystery, strength, authority, elegance, formality, death, evil, and aggression, authority, rebellion, and sophistication.

Black is a mysterious color that is typically associated with the unknown or the negative. The color black represents strength, seriousness, power, and authority.

Black is a formal, elegant, and prestigious color. Authoritative and powerful, the color black can evoke strong emotions and too much black can be overwhelming.

In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief. The color black can be serious, professional, and conventional, but black can also represent the mysterious, sexy, and sophisticated.

Black is a visually slimming color for clothing and like other dark colors, in interior design, black can make a room appear to shrink in size.

The color black affects the mind and body by helping to create an inconspicuous feeling, boosting confidence in appearance, increasing the sense of potential and possibility, or producing feelings of emptiness, gloom, or sadness.

In western countries, black is the color of mourning, death, and sadness.

Black often represents the emotions and actions of rebellion in teenagers and youth.

The color black can represent both the positive and the negative.

As the opposite of white, movies, books, print media and television typically depict the good guy in white and the bad guy in black. In more recent times, the good guy is shown in black to create mystery around the character’s identity.

black tie, pitch black, black-hearted, black belt, blackwash, in the black, black box, black eye, black sheep, men in black, blacklist, blackguard, blackout, black market

Black: ebony, jet, ink, lampblack, coal, soot, charcoal, raven, midnight, obsidian, onyx, sable.

White: purity, virginity, innocence, light, goodness, heaven, safety, brilliance, illumination, understanding, cleanliness, faith, beginnings, sterility, spirituality, possibility, humility, sincerity, protection, softness, and perfection.

The color white can represent a successful beginning.

In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity. As the opposite of black, movies, books, print media and television typically depict the good guy in white and the bad guy in black.

The color of snow, white is often used to represent coolness and simplicity.

White’s association with cleanliness and sterility is often seen in hospitals, medical centers, and laboratories to communicate safety.

The color white is also associated with low-fat foods and dairy products.

To the human eye, white is a bright and brilliant color that can cause headaches. In cases of extremely bright light, the color white can even be blinding.

Throughout the western countries, white is the traditional color worn by brides, to signify purity, innocence, and virginity.

In eastern countries, the color white is the color of mourning and funerals.

In certain cultures, white is the color of royalty or of religious figures, as angels are typically depicted as wearing white or having a white glow.

A white picket fence surrounds a safe and happy home.

The color white affects the mind and body by aiding in mental clarity, promoting feelings of fresh beginnings and renewal, assisting in cleansing, clearing obstacles and clutter, and encouraging the purification of thoughts and actions.

White gemstones are believed to help create new beginnings, remove prejudice and pre-conceived notions, to see the innocence in others, and to clear emotional clutter and silence the inner critic.

white as snow, whiteout, white flag, white elephant, pearly whites, whitewash, white list, white sale, white knight, white lightning, white knuckle

White: snow, pearl, antique white, ivory, chalk, milk white, lily, smoke, seashell, old lace, cream, linen, ghost white, beige, cornsilk, alabaster, paper, whitewash.

Dec 20 2018 - May 24 2019

Jaimee Todd: Fluid Resistance: Heroism in Two Acts

Jaimee Todd, Nurtured , 2018, digital photography collage, 18 x 15 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

CJ Gallery, Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University – Newark

Artist talk: April 17, 10 am | More Info

Fluid Resistance: Heroism in Two Acts features a selection of recent work by Jaimee Todd. Of her work, the artist states:

“I specialize in Inkscape photography, which involves photographing ink and acrylic paint submerged in water. I frequently combine these abstract images with portraits of people from the African Diaspora. In my Black Superheroes series, I focus on Black civil rights icons whose portraits I abstract as a way to signify the magnitude of their heroism. My other series, Belle Noir, is a celebration of Black womanhood. In this context, I use my abstracts to highlight the complexity of Black women and challenge society’s insistence on rendering them invisible. Black women have historically been misrepresented in mainstream culture and my work endeavors to honor their intelligence, beauty, vulnerability and bravery.”

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.

Oct 18 2018 - Mar 21 2019

Genesis Tramaine: I SURRENDER: Letter of faith, includes 5 Devotional self portrait paintings Which are Offerings of gratitude :: to my guiding fe:male spirits

Genesis Tramaine, With Grace’ from the series Birthing Self – I surrender to the vision that I don’t see. The one God has for me. SELF Portrait Series, 2018, oil pastels, acrylic, and paint stick, courtesy of the artist

On view at Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery (350 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., First Floor)
Opening reception: October 18th from 5 to 7 o’clock in the evening, with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. | RSVP on Facebook | Download Press Release

Genesis Tramaine: I SURRENDER: Letter of faith, includes 5 Devotional self portrait paintings Which are Offerings of gratitude :: to my guiding fe:male spirits presents a selection of recent works by Genesis Tramaine. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tramaine is a highly motivated, self-identified Black- Queer- Female- bodied Urban Expressionist and Educator. She creates abstract portraits of men and women who transcend gender, color, and social structures as political or representative. Through a mixture of collage, acrylic, and oil based mediums, Tramaine’s portraits are layer upon layer of real moments and imagined metaphors. She explores ethics and insanity, the mundane and the inhumane, spirituality, and sexuality. The artist digests the everyday experiences of living and serving in disenfranchised communities and regurgitates it as work that evokes déjà vu, beckoning memories of past lives and glimpses of undiscovered futures.

I SURRENDER is the culmination of Tramaine’s six-month residency at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark. The Artist-in-Residence is selected by a jury of art professionals and receives a stipend and free studio located in the former Hahne and Co. Department Store. During their six-month tenure, the artist is an active member of the dynamic community of Express Newark and Rutgers University – Newark.

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