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Contemporary Artists Employ Photography
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, August 29, 2017–January 2018

Since photomechanical methods originated in 1820, artists have learned from photographers and appropriated elements of their practice. Many artists interested in photography today employ a multimedia approach, referencing influential photographers, but re-contextualizing their sources through a variety of artistic, conceptual, and narrative strategies. In the process, the photograph is transformed into a more hybrid work of art.

The works of art in this exhibition are by artists invited to create new work by Brodsky Center, Rutgers’s artist-in-residence program and printmaking and papermaking studios. Although they are traditionally studied as separate disciplines, printmaking and photography practices have long been seamlessly connected. In these prints, photography is used to evaluate personal archives and collective history, through material traces, such as newsprint, influential movies, and historical artworks; or through scientific sources, such as art conservation reports, forensic records, or the seemingly objective tradition of display of cultural artifacts in museums.


What Makes Us? Brodsky Center Prints by Zeina Barakeh, Chitra Ganesh, Ben Patterson,
and Duke Riley.
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, February 16–March 15, 2017.

Created by invited artists in residence at Brodsky Center, Rutgers’ printmaking and papermaking studios, the prints in this exhibition feature allegorical narratives and meditations on history and identity. They encompass ancient myths and current events, universal narratives and random constellations of everyday details, political realities and personal aspirations. Artists Zeina Barakeh, Chitra Ganesh, Ben Patterson, and Duke Riley ask themselves, “What makes us who we are?” Their responses, while individually rooted in each artist’s unique background, unveil a shared layer of psychological commotion and intellectual sifting that such interrogation provokes. As viewers, we learn as much from their discoveries as from the unswerving courage, wit, and curiosity that drove them to delve into difficult, often uncharted territory.

Fred Wilson: THE MASTER PLAN or In Between the Big Bang and Modern Art is the Restroom.

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, September 5, 2016–February 15, 2017.

Excerpted from traditional collection care terminology, visitor services signage and gallery layouts from visitor orientation maps of eighteen European and North American museums of anthropology, art, cultural or natural history, THE MASTER PLAN provides a fascinating opportunity for viewers to gain deeper awareness of the influential institutions that are entrusted with the conservation and understanding of human kind through history, culture and artifacts. Uncovering how museums reflect society’s cultural constructs through object selection, display, and interpretation has been Fred Wilson’s persistent focus. It has made his work one of contemporary art’s most transformative contributions of the past three decades. In 2004 Wilson was invited by Brodsky Center, where this suite of 22 photogravures was completed in 2009. This is the first time THE MASTER PLAN or In Between the Big Bang and Modern Art is the Restroom is exhibited in its entirety.

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Collaborators in Print and Progress
Open Lens Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, September 22, 2016 –January 20, 2017.

Creation Stories
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, April 13–August 31, 2016 .

This portfolio was created from 2002–2004 through a collaboration between Brodsky Center, Johnson & Johnson, Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts in Oregon. Creation Stories is a portfolio of 10 lithographs, with handmade paper and silkscreen text. Artists fromthe Kalahari Desert region in Botswana and Native American artists were invited to create prints that explore the universal theme of creation through words and images. The portfolio is a collaboration celebrating cultural myths and the common bond between peoples of the world.

Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition 2012–2013
Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, December 19, 2012–January 17, 2013.

This exhibition includes work by Clytie Alexander, El Anatsui, Alexandre Arrechea, Lynda Benglis, William Kentridge, JC Lenochan, Grace Matthews, Faith Ringgold, and Pat Steir. In addition, it features Will Barnet from the collection of Dr. Muriel and Dr. Leonard Moss; Creation Stories, a portfolio collaboration between Brodsky Center, Artist Proof Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts in Oregon; and work by Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe produced by Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Projects from the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University
The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, NY, April 21–May 30, 2012.

Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition 2011–2012
Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ, December 20, 2011–January 19, 2012.

Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition 2010–2011
Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ, December 20, 2010–January 19, 2011.

Always Remember 9/11
Brodsky Center Gallery at the Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ,
September 16, 2010–November 30, 2010.

Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition 2009–2010
Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ, December 21, 2009–January 22, 2010.

Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition 2008–2009
Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ, December 17, 2008–January 23, 2009.

Mary Cross: Sacred Spaces
Brodsky Center Gallery at the Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ,
October 17, 2008–January 4, 2009.