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June 6, 2016 | 6-8 p.m.
Main Gallery, Express Newark

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The exhibition, Stitches of Strength, is currently on view at Express Newark in the Window Gallery. It is a collaboration between the Paul Robeson Galleries and the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance.

The squares that constitute the quilt on view are part of the Clothesline Project on the Rutgers University – Newark campus. The colorful t-shirt material and denim squares represent sexual violence and intimate partner violence in various forms. This quilt is upheld, both literally and figuratively, by stiches of strength.

Taylor Miller will discuss the curatorial process and provide prevention information. Fury, likewise, will discuss practical ways to engage these ideas and the people it affects.

The conversation will be followed by a pop-up shop curated by Fury, in Room 312/ Workshop 2.

Taylor Miller joins the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance office with a Bachelors in Social Work from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She acts as a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate for the County of Middlesex. Taylor has worked with the National NO MORE Campaign as well at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children as a research assistant. She is a two-time TEDx Speaker and RAINN Speaker Bureau member.

Fury is the owner of the specialty dress shoppe, Dressed Up, coming soon to Newark’s Teachers Village. As a domestic abuse survivor, Fury is committed to bringing sustained awareness to this epidemic as a writer. In addition, she was recently appointed to the subcommittee of Essex County’s The Domestic Violence Unit for the support and safety of domestic abuse survivors. Plus, Fury launched reDressed, an advocacy program dedicated to providing dresses (and other clothing) to abuse survivors.

Paul Robeson Galleries is pleased to participate in SUMMER FRIDAY: SPICE.  Join us on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 5 to 11 p.m for an evening of food, culture, and music.


5PM | THE SPICE TOUR with Keary Rosen
Keary Rosen of Form Design Studio and Lab invites you to the SUMMER FRIDAY SPICE TOUR for an inside look at the 3D printing lab and a peek into the world of 3D printed food. This tour is in conjunction with Paul Robeson Galleries’ Feast & Famine. RSVP HERE

6:15PM| FEAST AND FAMINE Self Guided Tour at Paul Robeson Galleries
Feast & Famine explores food as a social, political, and bodily phenomenon. The exhibition considers food as a commodity; the relationship between food, death, sex, and the abject; food’s relationship to global economics and geo-politics; food and its likeness as a medium for artistic experimentation; the food chain and the environmental impacts of food production; and food justice. Feast & Famine gathers together works in a variety of media from artists and artist collectives working nationally and internationally, at different stages in their career.

6:30PM | FEMALES OCCUPYING SPACE presented by Paul Robeson Galleries
Join us for performances featuring Females Occupying Space. This multi-artist performance and talk highlights the practices of four local artists of color: Dominique Duroseau, Ayana Evans, Lisette Morel, and Mary Valverde.

These performances will take place simultaneously throughout the Hahnes Building.

6:30pm-7:15 performances
7:15pm-8:00 Q&A

6:30PM | SPICE UP YOUR LIFE: A Food Tasting Experience with Jamie Bruno, Karen Florez, Chef Bo Pedersen, and fayemi shakur
“Spice Up Your Life”, is riveting conversation on food and wellness exploring the intersections of art, culture, economic development and displacement all through the lens of food. Writer, cultural critic, and curator, fayemi shakur will be moderating this discussion with food enthusiasts Jamie Bruno, Karen Florez, and Chef Bo Pedersen. This discussion will also include a unique tasting experience brought to you by Chef Bo’s Scrumptious Group. RSVP HERE:

7:15PM & 9:30PM | DJ LotusMoon
LotusMoon is a New York-based DJ whose art-making is interested in engaging with the multi-dimensional threads, narratives, and histories, that run through African Diasporic experiences. Through music, drawing heavily from Afro-Caribbean roots and upbringing in Harlem, she hopes to cultivate and foster a space of resistance and transcendence that centers the bodies of womxn + femmes + qtpoc globally. A space for us to fully be.

8:30PM | Jasmine Mans
An author, performer, poet, teacher…yes to all of those titles, but more importantly Jasmine Mans is an artist…an artist who enjoys having various forums to express her thoughts, moods, opinions and a voice to speak out on behalf of others and the community around her. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison (2014), Jasmine received her BA in African-American Studies (Black Theory & Literature) and is the recipient of the Star-Ledger – NJPAC; Arts Millennia; and (New York) Knicks Poetry Slam Scholarships and awards. However, Mans began stringing rhymes together as a middle-school student in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Those artistic skills were honed while attending the first performing arts high school in the nation, Newark Arts High School.

9:00PM | ShamGod
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German Pitre, 7 Lincoln Heads, 2017, casting wax. Courtesy of the Artist.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 12-5 p.m. | Free & open to everyone

The Paul Robeson Galleries pleased to present programming in concert with Newark Spring Open Studios.


German Pitre Open Studio
Room 416, Express Newark
54 Halsey Street, 4th Floor

Our Artist in Residence, German Pitre, will open his studio in Express Newark to the  public.


Disenfranchised Dissent: See Me Now
Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery
350 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Ground Floor

There will be special viewing hours for Disenfranchised Dissent: See Me Now at the Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery.

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.

Join us on Thursday, March 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark (54 Halsey St., 3rd Floor | Newark 07102) to celebrate the opening receptions for Feast & Famine, Stitches of Strength, and Black & White: A Visual Dialogue. The receptions are free an open to the public; refreshments will be served.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peggie Miller
“Peggie Miller”
Digital Print
11×17 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 4:00pm-6:00pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

With Mirror Mirror artist Peggie Miller, showcasing Butch identified models, designers and entertainers.

Genesis Tramaine, “Night Nurse” from the series “God Is. Trans,” 2018, mixed media on canvas, 40”x30, courtesy of the artist

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 12:00pm-5:00pm
Room 417, Express Newark

In conjunction with the Newark Arts Festival, an opportunity to visit Artist-in-Residence Genesis Tramaine in her studio at Express Newark.

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.

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

From @genesisTRAMAINE on Instagram

Thursday, July 12, 2018
6-8pm | Room 417, Express Newark

PRG Artist in Residence Genesis Tramaine is a self-identified Black-Queer-Female-Bodied Urban Expressionist and Educator with a passion for creative justice through the arts. Through a mix of collage, acrylic and oil-based media, Tramaine’s portraits are layer upon layer of real moments and imagined metaphors. Preview Tramaine’s work on her Instagram account before you see what she’s working on in her studio!

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.

Maria Veronica San Martin, “In Their Memory. Human Rights Violation in Chile. 1973-1990,” 2012, screen print on paper and ink, courtesy of the artist

April 18, 2018 | 2:30-4:30pm
Room 312, Express Newark

María Verónica San Martín discusses her work and leads participants in a hands-on art making activity inspired by the materials, methods, and perspectives of her practice. All skill levels welcome! María Verónica San Martín (b. 1981, Santiago, Chile) is an artist, graphic designer and printmaker living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work, In Their Memory. Human rights violation in Chile, 1973-1990 is a book of resistance that carries forward the protest begun by the families of the disappeared in Chile during the military dictatorship (1973-1990). This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mirror Mirror. Free and open to everyone, art materials and refreshments provided.

Still image from “Wanted” composite sketch session

April 16, 2018 | 11:30am-1pm
Room 312, Express Newark

Kevin Blythe Sampson is a sculptor, painter, muralist, and airbrush artist who is recognized for tackling difficult issues that concern him and his Newark, NJ neighbors. A retired police officer and composite sketch artist, Sampson is a mentor for local youth and an arts educator. He has been represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery since 1992. In this art-making workshop, Sampson will use as a starting point the project Wanted, in which Sampson collaborated with artist Dread Scott to address the criminalization of youth in America. All skill levels welcome! This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mirror Mirror. Free and open to everyone. Art materials and refreshments provided.

Image courtesy of Alaina Simone and Quiana Adams

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 2:30-3:30pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark


David Antonio Cruz’s Green,howiwantyougreen is based on the last eleven poems, Sonnets of Dark Love, by the Spanish poet Garcia Lorca. The poems are fused with personal narratives and text from Lillian Hellman’s The Children Hours and Oscar Wilde by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, both written around the time of Lorca’s assassination. The multilingual performance clashes high art against queer slang, playing with language, music and double entendres particular to Latino and Black underground gay culture. The music is composed by Daniel de Jesus based on the last poems. Green,howiwantyougreen was developed during David Antonio Cruz’s residency at Project For Empty Space and LMCC. Green has been performed at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, The Whim Estate Plantation in St Croix, The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Leslie Lohman Museum, and Gateway Projects. The performance is altered for each location to address the history of the building and/or neighborhood. This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mirror Mirror.

Ian Cofre, Jeanne Brasile, Jacqueline Mabey and Anonda Bell

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 1-3pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark


Curators Jeanne Brasile, Ian Cofre, and Jacqueline Mabey discuss their philosophies and practices, including insights on interacting with artists and the day-to-day life of a curator both within an institutional context and as independent practitioners. This event is presented as a part of Art Biz, a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world.  All programs are free of charge and open to the public.

Ceaphas Stubbs, “Unrequited Love/…Only Willing Participants…” 2015, archival inkjet print, courtesy of the artist

April 4, 2018 | 2:30-4:30pm
Room 312, Express Newark

Ceaphas Stubbs leads participants in a hands-on art making activity inspired by the materials, methods, and perspectives of his practice. All skill levels welcome! In his work, Ceaphas Stubbs explores black sexuality, nostalgia and pleasure through a queer lens. Working at the intersections of photography, sculpture, and painting, Stubbs work suggests the sometimes slippery relationship between expectation, perception and reality. This is presented in conjunction with Stubbs’ residency at the Paul Robeson Galleries and his forthcoming exhibition, Phantom Limb.

March 28, 2018 | 2:30-4:30pm
Room 312, Express Newark

Kevin Darmanie discusses his work and leads participants in a hands-on art making activity inspired by the materials, methods, and perspectives of his practice. All skill levels welcome! Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Darmanie lives and works in Newark, New Jersey. He has produced paintings, murals, installations, comic books, and works on paper. Darmanie’s watercolors originally incorporated tropes of graphic novels to re-examine Caribbean attitudes, social critique, and introspection. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mirror Mirror. Free and open to everyone. Art materials and refreshments provided.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 10am-1pm
Lecture Hall, Express Newark

Combining two strategic planning tools from NYFA’s Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp program, NYFA staff wll provide practical advice to help you support your artistic practice and self-evaluate your strategies from a big picture perspective using SWOT Analysis to SMART Goal setting that provides practical advice for setting long and short term goals. The workshop will provide an opportunity to work in small groups/pairs and identify action steps for your arts career. Free and open to everyone. Light refreshments provided.

Part of Art Biz, a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world.


Saturday, March 3 | 2018, 2-5pm
Lecture Hall, Express Newark

The portfolio review session provides artists with an opportunity to get feedback on their work from industry professionals. Feedback may relate to aesthetics or general advice about career management. Reviewers include David Xu Borgonjon, Jasmin Hernandez, Roddy Schrock and Wendy Vogel. This event is part of Art Biz, a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world.


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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 5:30-7pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark


A wine and cheese event including a tour and discussion of the exhibition Mirror Mirror, which utilizes the concept of portraiture to challenge dominant paradigms about gender, race, age, societal norms, technology, and beauty. Paul Robeson Galleries staff will speak informally from their own artistic, curatorial, and/or personal perspectives about artworks and themes in Mirror Mirror. This event is co-hosted by Bozzuto-Hahne & Co.

Anonda Bell: PRG Director and Chief Curator; visual artist
Caren King Choi: PRG Associate Director of Programs; visual artist, writer, illustrator
Bryant Lebron: PRG Administrative Assistant; visual artist
Jacqueline Mabey: PRG Assistant Curator; independent curator, Haligonian, secret merperson
Kristen Owens: PRG Program Assistant; fashion lecturer
Joseph G. Sabatino: PRG Head Preparator; multidisciplinary visual artist

Sharon Louden

February 15, 2018 | 5:30-7pm
Room 312, Express Newark


This workshop led by Sharon Louden is designed to share information on how an artist can sustain their creative life including setting up goals, building an audience, reaching out to people to create opportunities and to work with people in the field. This event is part of Art Biz, a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world. All programs are free of charge and open to everyone.

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

Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 6:00-8:00PM
Main Gallery, Express Newark

An evening performance of passion, prose, music and an experience unlike any other as the legendary greats are celebrated in the exhibition Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 6pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

The decade from late 1969 to 1979 saw major shifts in the American social, political, cultural, and artistic landscape.  The turbulence of the previous decade carried over to the next and brought with it changes that had a great impact on the music we call jazz, the people who performed and curated it, and the listeners for whom it was a part of the soundtrack of their lives. Join us as we traverse the decade of recorded jazz with the exhibition Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50 as a physical and metaphorical backdrop. Afros, dashikis, denim jackets, and platform shoes welcome.

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.

Thursday November 9, 2017 | 6-8pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark


Song’s Crossing, a performance by vocalist, songwriter and visual artist, Nadïne LaFond, will feature tunes both original and classic that celebrates the evolution of Jazz is inspired by and mixes African based call and response ring shouts, Blues, standards and beyond to share a musical bridge through history. This performance coincides with the exhibition Records at Play: Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

Marcela Peñalva – guitar
Vel Johnson – alto sax
Calvin X. Jones – bass
Matthew Wade – piano
Justin Jones – tenor sax
Gerg Searvance – drums

October 15, 2017 | 1230pm-2pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Caleb and Allison Rumley Quintet

Join us for a free, fun, family-friendly concert right in the middle of the exhibition Records at Play: Institute of Jazz Studies @50. This exhibition and concert gives audiences of all ages the chance to learn about jazz, improvisation, and musical collaboration.

Workshop 2 (Room 312) | 10am-3pm (drop-in)
Family Refresh Zone

A laid-back area for weary art-goers of all ages to cool their heels. Featuring art activity stations and light refreshments. Relax with a Jazz coloring book – featuring famous jazz musicians provided along with colored pencils and fine-tip markers. Or take part in You’re A Star! – create and decorate a “microphone” out of recycled materials. Take a polaroid photo of yourself striking a pose with your creation with props such as sunglasses and hats.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 1230-2pm
Room 312, Express Newark

Artists discuss their lives and how they are actually “making it work” in the real world.  An informal discussion and Q&A, speaking directly about the experiences they have had, both positive and negative, and how they support themselves in parallel jobs, while maintaining their core studio practice. This event is presented as a part of Art Biz, a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world.  All programs are free of charge and open to the public.

Visual artist, arts advocate, and curator Jo-El Lopez
Arts administrator and professional artist, Armisey Smith
Curator and Co-Founder of Gateway Project Spaces, Jasmine Wahi

Mary Lou Williams, Decca Records studio, New York, 1940, Mary Lou Wiliams collection, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 6pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark, 3rd Floor

Join Elizabeth Surles, archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies, for a curated listening session featuring recordings by the female performers, composers, and arrangers highlighted in the exhibit Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.  From Bessie Smith to Carla Bley, the evening will present a smorgasbord of women in jazz and include a wide variety of jazz styles.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 6-8pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Experience the First Lady of Song in sound and video touching on over 50 years in the career of the woman who, over 20 years after her death, remains the gold standard. Tad Hershorn of the Institute of Jazz Studies on the Rutgers-Newark campus, who photographed Fitzgerald extensively between 1971 and 1991, will provide an evening of songs and reminiscence of this great artist. This program is presented as a part of the exhibition,  Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

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