Fall Exhibitions: September 28, 2018–January 27, 2019

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Kevin Blythe Sampson
USS Enterprise, 2018
Mixed media
27 x 36 x 29 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Cavin-Morris Gallery, NY.

Kevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue
Main Gallery
September 28, 2018–January 27, 2019

Kevin Blythe Sampson (b. 1954) is a sculptor, painter, and muralist recognized for tackling difficult issues through socially-engaged artwork. Inspired by Caribbean and American Southern artistic traditions, he transforms discarded objects and ephemera into intricate vessels and memorials that have personal significance to him or his subjects. His sculptures draw spiritual energy from the community at large and reflect an intimate understanding of the contemporary African-American experience. Born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, Sampson served for 18 years as a New Jersey police officer and has lived and worked in Newark for the past two decades. The exhibition incorporates sculptures, drawings, a site-specific mural, and a recent series of porcelain sculptures responding to the Black and Blue Lives Matter movements. Sampson addresses these complicated issues from his perspective as an African American artist as well as a retired police officer.

To read more about the NEA Grant that is funding this exhibition, click here.

 

Fred Scruton
Work of Melvin Gould; Cheyenne, WY, 2011
Chromogenic print
24 x 30 in.
Courtesy of the artist
© Fred Scruton

Messages from the Interior
Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Galleries
Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery
September 28, 2018–January 27, 2019

Messages from the Interior is a two-part exhibition highlighting the work of Fred Scruton, a photographer, videographer, and writer who documents visionary and other non-mainstream artists and the environments they create. Traveling extensively throughout the United States and periodically revisiting many of the artists and sites, Scruton shines new light on artists whose work is often overlooked. A series of his photographic portraits of the artists and their environments is on view in the Robinson Strolling Gallery. Selected artworks from Scruton’s personal collection—made by some of these artists—are displayed in the adjacent Eisenberg Gallery.

 

Theda Sandiford
Wonder Women, 2018
Mixed media on fabric, 10 x 8 feet
Courtesy of the artist.

Stair-gazing: Theda Sandiford
Main Staircase
September 28, 2018–January 27, 2019

Our fall Stair-gazing exhibition features the work of Theda Sandiford, a collage, mixed media, and installation artist who is based in Jersey City. In Wonder Women, Sandiford combines drawing, photography, digital media, and found objects to make a large-scale self-portrait on fabric. In the tradition of the sewing circle or quilting bee, she invited members of the community to help her sew embellishments such as buttons, beads, artificial flowers, and other ephemera.

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