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2008 Exhibits

NEVER HAS SHE EVER…

Renée Cox, "Lolivya" (BW), from the series, "Queen Nanny of the Maroons, 2004.
Digital ink-jet print on watercolor paper, 53 x 43". Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist

Never Has She Ever: Renée Cox
Solo Show
2008-09 Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist-in-Residence

Monday, September 22 - Monday, December 8, 2008
Mabel Smith Douglass Library Galleries
8 Chapel Dr., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Gallery Hours: M-Th; 8:30 am - 7pm; Friday 8:30 am - 4pm; weekends by appt.

Renowned contemporary American photographer Renée Cox, celebrates black womanhood at the same time she challenges the roles assigned to Blacks and women in our culture. She is one of the most controversial African-American artists working today, using her own body to celebrate black womanhood and criticize a society she often views as racist and sexist. When Yo Mamma's Last Supper was shown at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, Mayor Rudolph Guiliani wanted it removed and created a commission to restrict such works supported by public funds.

"Queen Nanny of the Maroons: The Mother of a Nation," by Karla Gottlieb.
Interview with Renée Cox by Nicole Plett

Special Event

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Renée Cox: Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist-in-Residence Public Lecture
Reception at 6 pm, Lecture to follow at 6:30 pm
Mabel Smith Douglass Room, Douglass Library
8 Chapel Dr., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
http://rumaps.rutgers.edu/?id=C72291

This exhibition and lecture have been organized by the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, a program of the Institute for Women and Art (IWA) in partnership with the Rutgers University Libraries, in collaboration with the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions and the Visual Arts Department/Mason Gross School of the Arts. The IWA operates under the auspices of the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic & Public Partnerships in the Arts & Humanities. Co-sponsors include: Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, Barbara Voorhees Leadership Initiative, Department of Art History, The Feminist Art Project, Global Initiatives, Institute for Research on Women, Office of the Dean of Douglass and Douglass Residential Campus, and the Women's and Gender Studies Department. These events are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

LaToya Ruby Frazier and Groana Melendez, © 2008.
Artists pictured clockwise from center: Renée Cox, Jamie Bruno, Cauleen Smith, Hanneline Rogeberg, Donna R. Brown, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Shanell Betts, Lauren Kelley, Susanna Coffey, and Priya Nadkarni.

Exhibition: Tuesday, October 14 - Friday, October 31
Mason Gross Galleries
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 - 4pm / Wednesday 10 - 6pm /
     Saturday, Noon - 4pm / Closed Sunday and Monday /

Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University is pleased to present Never Has She Ever… an exhibition curated by LaToya Ruby Frazier, featuring 10 women artists re-representing the female gaze and figure, twisting and challenging internalized notions of beauty and womanhood. This intergenerational exhibit brings together artists working in diverse media and techniques: photography, painting, drawing, installation, film and video.

The Female Gaze is a critical feminist discourse contesting the sexually objectified female figure and her role, discussed by feminist film critic, Laura Mulvey, in her essay "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema," and feminist theorist, bell hooks, in her essay "The Oppositional Gaze: The Black Female Spectators."  Both Mulvey and hooks scrutinize the voyeuristic, psychosexual, visual pleasures of the male gaze. hooks further complicates the Female Gaze by citing the absence of the black female entirely on the screen or in the audience. Once one has internalized, read and understand feminist objection to the dominant male gaze imposed upon women in visual culture, the only thing left is to witness the Female impersonate Female. Through her new role and figure never has she ever looked better.

Susanna Coffey "You might say that painting is a signifier for beauty itself, and the realm of the aesthetic. The subject of "feminine appearance" has also to do with categories of beauty and aesthetics. So I feel that these two things - painting and representations of women - are important to one another, and for me are worthy of a lifetime's investigation." Susanna Coffey functions as the foreground and background of the human psyche camouflaging her face with current global war reportage. Never has the female portrait / self portrait depict such pain and agony inside and outside the mind, body and spirit since Frida Kahlo. Coffey teaches painting at Yale School of Art and served as the resident faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007.

Renée Cox is one of the most controversial African- American artists working today. She often uses her own body clothed or nude to celebrate black womanhood and criticize a society she often views as racist and sexist. When Yo Mamma's Last Supper was shown at the Brooklyn Museum in New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani wanted it removed and created a commission to restrict such works supported by public funds. Cox has been invited as the Estelle Lebowitz lecturer and artist-in- residence for the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers.

Lauren Kelley describes herself as a "thirtysomething adult still invested in toys." Kelley uses Barbie dolls to symbolize everything that is wrong with society's image of women. Utilizing claymation and stop animation she fabricates elaborate props and scenes at 5 frames per second to underscore the tension in her characters who are close to the edge. The fictions between her Barbie dolls and real social issues in the psyche of black women are blurred as she samples voices of friends and family members for her Barbie's voice over. Kelley's video, Big Gurl, led to her prize as one of four emerging artists to receive an Altoid Award 2008 at the New Museum. She teaches and is the director of the gallery at Prairie View A&M, Texas.

Hanneline Rogeberg's paintings dismisses the limited binary female/male gaze by blending a hybrid of female-to -female, male-to male intimate figures morphing and touching, heightening all human sensory modes. "The body as well as the skin will hold the history of its experience," says Hanneline Rogeberg. The artist teaches at Rutgers University in the Department of Visual Arts. She has also taught at the University of Washington, Cooper Union and Yale School of Art.

Cauleen Smith "I carry locations, figures, celluloid, around in test tubes waiting for the opportunity to conduct time- based experiments." Smith's films ask questions about what it means to be a person in a world that compartmentalizes humanity into modules of race, gender and class. In her film, Family Photo, designed after Malian photographer Seydou Keita, characters in the image are six avatars displaced and lonely seeking communication with the beloved. Smith received a Creative Capital Grant to travel to Lagos, Nigeria, to produce her next feature length film. Cauleen Smith's short films are distributed by Canyon Cinema. Her feature length film is available for rental exclusively at Hollywood Video stores nationwide.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum is the ultimate nomadic woman. The artist creates drawings and animations of the accumulated self through human traces that connect us to places, landscapes and other bodies. The universal experience of travel and migrating shape-shifts her body and transnational identity, imprinting her body's residue as work on paper. "This idea of the simultaneous self or the multiplied self often surfaces in my work as ritual, play or repetition." Sunstrum teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Shanell Betts, Donna R. Brown, Jamie Bruno, and Priya Nadkarni are the featured artists in the Mason Gross Gallery Project Space.

The exhibition is funded by the Department of Visual Arts, Institute for Women and Art, Office of the Associate Vice- President for Academic and Public Partnerships in the Arts and Humanities, and the Office of the Dean/Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Special Events

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Artist's Talk: Lauren Kelley, 6:30 pm
Civic Square Building, Room 117
33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Never Has She Ever… Public Reception, 5 -7 pm
Mason Gross Galleries, Civic Square Building
33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
http://maps.rutgers.edu/building.aspx?id=78

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Renée Cox: Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist-in-Residence Public Lecture
Reception at 6 pm, Lecture to follow at 6:30 pm
Mabel Smith Douglass Room, Douglass Library
8 Chapel Dr., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
http://rumaps.rutgers.edu/?id=C72291

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Artist's Talk: Susanna Coffey, 6:30 pm
Civic Square Building, Room 117
33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
http://maps.rutgers.edu/building.aspx?id=78
For directions to campus: maps.rutgers.edu

For information, please call 732-932-2222, ext. 798



2008 Celebration of Women Artists of South Asia

Exhibition:
"Tiger by the Tail! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture, Part 2"
Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries, Civic Square Building
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
May 31 - July 1, 2008

Public Reception, Wednesday, June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m.
All are welcome


Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 1 pm - 4 pm
Exhibiting artists: Navjot Altaf, Arpana Caur, Sheba Chhachhi, Anju Dodiya, Rumana Hussain, Gogi Saroj Pal, Sonia Khurana, Shilpa Gupta, and Vasudha Thozhur.
Tiger by the Tail! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture was organized by the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, and was co-curated by Elinor W. Gadon, Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, and Roobina Karode.

Exhibition:
"Tiger by the Tail! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture, Part 1"
Tuesday, January 15 - Thursday, July 31, 2008
Mabel Smith Douglass Library Galleries
8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Summer gallery hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4pm
Exhibiting artists: Navjot Altaf, Arpana Caur, Kanchan Chander, Anita Dube, Gogi Saroj Pal, Shukla Sawant, Nilima Sheikh, and Arpita Singh.
Tiger by the Tail! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture was organized by the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, and was co-curated by Elinor W. Gadon, Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, and Roobina Karode.

Exhibition:
"Passage To New Jersey: Women Artists of the South Asian Diaspora in Our Midst"
January 15 - July 31, 2008
Brodsky Center Gallery, Heldrich Conference Center
10 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Gallery hours: Open daily, 9 am - 5 pm
Artists: Siona Benjamin, Anuradha Das, Priya Kambli, Swati Khurana, & Ela Shah.

Sponsored by the Institute for Women  &  Art (IWA) in partnership with Rutgers University Libraries. The IWA operates under the auspices of the Associate Vice President for Academic & Public Partnerships in the Arts & Humanities, Rutgers University. Co-sponsors include: Associate Alumnae of Douglass College; Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions and Dept. of Visual Arts/Mason Gross School of the Arts; Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes; Department of Art History; The Feminist Art Project; Institute for Research on Women; SAS Office of International Programs; and the Women's and Gender Studies Department, all at Rutgers; and the Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center, New Brunswick.

These events are made possible by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maria and Henry Leon Memorial Fund. These exhibitions and programs complement campus-wide related events organized by the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and the South Asian Research Initiative at Rutgers (SARI). Viewers are invited to see New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, April 13 to July 31, 2008.

For directions to campus: rumaps.rutgers.edu/

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Swati Khurana, Thirsty Bride, 2005, digital inkjet print, 30 x 20 in.
From the exhibition, "Passage to New Jersey: Women Artists of the South Asian Diaspora in Our Midst."
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Vasudha Thozhur, Untouchable, 2001, oil on canvas, 95 x 75.5 inches. From the exhibition, “Tiger by the Tail! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture, Part 2.”


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Anita Dube, Sea Creature, 2000, two silver gelatin prints, each 30 x 40 in. From the exhibition, "Tiger by the Tail! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture."
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