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Picturing Black Girlhood: Moments of Possibility

Date & Time

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 12:00 p.m.-Saturday, July 02, 2022, 5:00 p.m.


Showcasing Excellence Exhibitions


Virtual Event | Exhibition at Express Newark in Newark


Express Newark. 54 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Admission is free.

Exhibition Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 12-5 pm, Thursday 12-8 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm. 

two young African American girls

Express Newark presents Picturing Black Girlhood: Moments of Possibility as part of Black Portraiture[s] VII: Play & Performance Conference.

Opening Panel: Join the online discussion on Thursday, February 17, for Picturing Black Girlhood: Moments of Possibility. Learn more and register for the panel discussion.

The Exhibition

Location: Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street Newark, NJ 07102

Rutgers: This Is What Excellence Looks Like

Comprising all three main exhibition floors of Express Newark at Rutgers University-Newark, this international exhibition restages intimate Black girl coming-of-age narratives made in the reifying lens of Black women and genderqueer artists and the real-time experiences and perspectives of Black girls themselves. The images made by Black women photographers and filmmakers are placed alongside those made by Black girls. The result is a disruption of traditional art world hierarchies and a centering of Black girls as subjects, artists, and agents of their own lives. 

Doris Derby: Member of the Southern Media
Doris Derby: Member of the Southern Media
Doris Derby

The event features over 180 works by over 72 Black women, girls, and genderqueer artists - ranging in age from 8 to 94 - who work in the mediums of photography and film and are exploring the concept of Black girlhood. Among the 30 artists are Carrie Mae WeemsLatoya Ruby FrazierLorraine O’GradyLola FlashSophia Nahli AllisonDeborah Roberts, and Tawny Chatmon.

Picturing Black Girlhood: Moments of Possibility was curated by Scheherazade Tillet and Zoraida Lopez-Diago. 


Seventh Annual Black Portraiture[s[: Play and Performance Conference
This event is part of the Black Portraiture[s]: Play and Performance, the seventh annual Black Portraiture[s] Conference from Thursday, February 17 to Saturday, February 19, 2022. The three-day conference explores the theme of play and performance in past and contemporary African diasporic art and performance and will conclude with a series of groundbreaking keynote conversations for the 42nd Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture at the Newark Museum of Art.

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