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February 4—May 22

Claiming the Narrative
Claiming the Narrative is a group exhibition of figurative work that seeks a more authentic representation of our diverse society. Depicting people who have been marginalized, ignored, or even erased from the narrative of Western Art History, this show raises the question, “Whose story gets told on museum walls?”

Parvathi Kumar: Everyday Blackness
Parvathi Kumar: Everyday Blackness showcases black and white portraits from the book, Everyday Blackness: Celebrating Exceptional Women, by NJ photographer, Parvathi Kumar. The 25 “ordinary” Black women who posed for her come from diverse backgrounds, but all exemplify courage, tenacity, and resilience.

Jess T. Dugan: Seen
Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work centers around an exploration of identity—particularly gender and sexuality. Drawing from their own experience as a queer, non-binary person, Dugan employs traditional photographic techniques to create color portraits that reflect the complex beauty and humanity of their subjects. This focused exhibition highlights color portraits from their recent and ongoing projects, To Survive on This Shore, and Every Breath We Drew, and includes a reading area where Dugan’s three fine art photography books will provide a more comprehensive view of their work. Conveying a sense of both directness and intimacy, Dugan’s portraits and self-portraits encourage empathy and understanding and underscore the importance not only of seeing but of being seen.


February 4, 2022


Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street
Summit, NJ 07901 United States
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