May 4, 2019

Kara Walker Presents: The Colossus of Rutgers

May 11–25, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 5 to 9 p.m.
As the culmination of her four-year tenure as Tepper Chair in Visual Arts at Rutgers, Kara Walker presents an exhibition of work by MFA students and recent alums who have taken part in Walker's investigation of Memory, Memorials and Monuments (MMM) – a journey that has taken the research group to Atlanta, New Orleans, and sites around their home base of New Jersey.

Brooklyn Army Terminal, Building A
140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Fridays 4 to 8 p.m. and by appointment

Exhibition is included in NYC X Design 2019

Free and open to the public.
Wheelchair accessible

What use are flowers?

Now on view outdoors at Voorhees Mall near College Avenue thru October 1, 2019.

"What use are Flowers"

“What Use Are Flowers?” is an exhibition of ten outdoor sculptures
made by MFA students in Patrick Strzelec and Ohad Meromi's 2019 spring
graduate sculpture course at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Our
inspirations range from music, politics, history, nature and the
environment, to subjects related to Rutgers’ history specifically,
including the centennials of the founding of Douglass College and Paul
Robeson’s graduation from the university. We developed our ideas,
material choices, and collaborative processes as we immersed ourselves
in conversations and texts about the unique implications, constraints
and possibilities of public art.

These sculptures are the fruit of our explorations and collaborations
over several months. They offer opportunities for reflection and
contemplation, diverse emotional, physical, and aesthetic experiences,
and collectively weave together art and a social and natural
environment outside of gallery walls. Much like Lorraine Hansberry’s
short play of the same title, “What Use Are Flowers?” suggests a
spirit of participation and engagement rather than acquiescence. The
exhibition questions and challenges status quos, makes a case for the
value of the seemingly futile, and aims to inspire curiosity,
conversation, and understanding in those who encounter the sculptures.

April 13, 2019

Visiting Artist Lectures – Ohad Meromi, Yo-Yo Lin, and CAConrad

This week there will be three Visiting Artist Lectures due to prior rescheduling!

Tuesday, April 16th: MGSA faculty Ohad Meromi, 6:40 p.m. in Civic Square Building 110

Wednesday, April 17th: Yo-Yo Lin, lecture 6:40 p.m. in Civic Square Building, James J. Florio Forum

Friday, April 19th: CAConrad, lecture 6:40 p.m. in Civic Square Building 110

Ohad Meromi was born in 1967 in Kibbutz Mizra, Israel, and lives and works in New York. He graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and went on to receive his MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. He has exhibited at venues and events including The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Tel Aviv Museum of Art; The 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art; The Lyon Biennial, France; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Magasin 3, Stockholm; De Appel Museum, Amsterdam; Sculpture Center, New York; MoMa PS1, New York; and Art in General, New York.

Yo-Yo Lin is a media artist who creates audiovisual installation experiences and explores the possibilities of the animated medium in the context of emerging technologies. She uses intelligent projection/ lighting, digital and hand-drawn media, interactive objects, and lush sound design to create meditative 'memoryscapes'. Her work often evaluates human perception and connection as a vehicle for self-knowledge. A first generation immigrant from Taiwanese parents, Yo-Yo often draws from childhood memories borrows iconography from her Tao Buddhist religion.

She has shown new media works at international multimedia art galleries (Human Resources, Lincoln Center, La Corte Contemporanea), music festivals (Coachella, Panorama, Steez Day), film festivals (New York Film Festival, SXSW, LA Pacific Asian Film Festival), and public art venues. Her work has been featured in the HuffingtonPost, Indiewire, and Surface Magazine.

CAConrad is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including "While Standing in Line for Death" (Wave Books, 2017); "ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness" (Wave Books, 2014); "Philip Seymour Hoffman (were you high when you said this?)" (Worms Press, 2014); "A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics" (Wave Books, 2012); "The City Real & Imagined" (Factory School Press, 2010), "with the poet Frank Sherlock; and The Book of Frank" (Chax Press, 2009), recipient of the Gil Ott Book Award. He has also authored a book of nonfiction essays, "Advanced Elvis Course" (Soft Skull Press, 2009).

CAConrad’s honors include fellowships from the Banff Art Center, Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and Ucross Foundation. CAConrad conducts lectures and workshops across the country on (Soma)tics and Ecopoetics. He currently lives in Philadelphia.

Where: 33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ.

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is organized by the Rutgers MFA program and includes weekly lectures, studio visits and critiques by luminaries working across a wide spectrum of mediums.

Free and open to the public.

Wheelchair Accessible; ASL/CART available on request. Contact Cassandra at or 848-932-5399 one week prior to event.

April 11, 2019

The Rutgers MFA 2019 candidates present a group exhibition of new work in a variety of media at 21 Ludlow St, New York, NY.

"Like a Day"
April 27 – May 18, 2019

Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 27, 6-9 pm

First Friday Performances:
Friday, May 3, 6-9 pm

Enrique Figueredo
Henderson Peternell
Hiroka Yamashita
Iris Ward Loughran
Jeanette Mundt
Josh Minkus
Karina Cunningham
Luis Maldonado
Mahsa Biglow
Malcolm Peacock
Mariangela Ciccarello
Nick Grasso
Valerie Suter
William Robinson
Young Sun Han

21 Ludlow Street, New York, NY
(between Hester and Canal St)
East Broadway (F), Grand St (B, D)

Wednesdays – Sundays: 12-6 pm and by appointment

Late gallery hours during Frieze weekend: 
Friday, April 3: 12-9 pm
Saturday, April 4: 12-8pm
Sunday, April 5: 12-8pm

Free and open to the public.
Wheelchair accessible. 

April 8, 2019

Faculty Lecture – John Yau

The MGSA Faculty Lecture will feature John Yau, who will present a lecture and poetry reading on Wednesday, April 10th beginning at 6:40 p.m.

John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, publisher of Black Square Editions, and freelance curator. His recent books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2008) and Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. He was the arts editor for the Brooklyn Rail from 2006 to 2011. In January 2012 he started the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend with three other writers.

He has collaborated with many artists, including Norman Bluhm, Ed Paschke, Peter Saul, Pat Steir, Jürgen Partenheimer, Norbert Prangenberg, Squeak Carnwath, Thomas Nozkowski, Max Gimblett, and Richard Tuttle, on different projects. These collaborations have been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City: the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; and the Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia.

He has received grants and fellowships for his poetry, fiction, and criticism from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, Peter S. Reed Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation. His awards include a General Electric Foundation Award, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Brendan Gill Award. In 2002, he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

Where: Rutgers - Mason Gross School of the Arts, Civic Square Building, Florio Forum
33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ.

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is organized by the Rutgers MFA program and includes weekly lectures, studio visits and critiques by luminaries working across a wide spectrum of mediums.

Free and open to the public.

Wheelchair Accessible; ASL/CART available on request. Contact Cassandra at or 848-932-5399 one week prior to event.