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Wigstock by Pierre Dalpé

From 1984 to 2001, Wigstock was an annual outdoor drag festival that took place at the end of June throughout New York City to mark the end of the summer for LGBTQIA+ people. The community gathered in numbers and created a safe environment for themselves and allies alike. Pierre Dalpé captured the attendees during its peak in popularity from 1992-1995. From cross-dressing in drag to DIY outfits and carnivalesque costumes, the attendees all had the same goal: freedom of expression.

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Mashell Black

Temporary Mural Project

We cordially invite Kean University students and community members to participate in the Temporary Mural Project. This collaborative endeavor will unite the Kean University community and its supporters with the acclaimed Jamaican-born artist Mashell Black. Utilizing the walls of the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery as a canvas, we seek to create a visually compelling representation of the diverse individuals associated with Kean University.

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Silence Breaking: Gail Winbury

Gail Winbury’s Field of Green demonstrates an outwardly calm dynamic  complimented by the artist's gift for mystery through reduction. Her emotional prowess and life experiences are expertly conveyed onto her canvas. This series, with its fundamental simplicity and subdued directness is counteracted by omission or subtraction, using a “less is more” approach noted by art critic, Dominique Nahas.

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Hemingway in Comics

The exhibition Hemingway in Comics provides a unique and entertaining lens for considering one of America’s most influential authors through themes that explore his origin story as well as his legendary iconic personas, both fact and fiction.

Featured Exhibitions

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Pierre Dalpé, Untitled (men in black), Wigstock, 1995

From 1984 to 2001, Wigstock was an annual outdoor drag festival that took place at the end of June throughout New York City to mark the end of the summer for LGBTQIA+ people. The community gathered in numbers and created a safe environment for themselves and allies alike.  Pierre Dalpé captured the attendees during its peak in popularity from 1992-1995. Although there were many drag performances and musical concerts, Dalpé was more attracted to the surrounding crowd. From cross-dressing in drag to DIY outfits and carnivalesque costumes, the attendees all had the same goal: freedom of expression.

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Winbury’s Field of Green series are bold action work. She moves across the canvas with decisive gestural movements, allowing her intention, and subconscious to drive pigment stick strikes and brush strokes.

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Flowers

Rooted in her Caribbean and African heritage, spirituality and identity, Heather Williams’ work explores the concept of damage and repair. Known for her abstract paintings, figurative sculpture, and film, Williams’ artistic voice is clear, purposeful, and unwavering. An introspective person with a thoughtful narrative to share with the world, she does not shy away from difficult subject matter.

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The exhibition Hemingway in Comics provides a unique and entertaining lens for considering one of America’s most influential authors through themes that explore his origin story as well as his legendary iconic personas, both fact and fiction.

Upcoming Events

  • July 8, 2024 - August 1, 2024

    Our immersive summer art programs, for middle and high school students, are divided into two separate two-week sessions: Summer I and Sum

    Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery
  • August 1, 2024 | 5PM to 7PM

    Description:

    Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery
  • October 12, 2024 - November 16, 2024 | Saturdays, 9AM to 12PM

    Art in Action: Art Intensive Program

    Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery

Locations

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    Karl and Helen Burger Gallery
    Karl and Helen Burger Gallery

    Center for Academic Success, Kean University

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    Liberty Hall Academic Center
    Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery

    Liberty Hall Academic Center, Kean University

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    Human Rights Institute
    Human Rights Institute Gallery

    Human Rights Institute, Kean University

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    Nancy Dryfoos Gallery
    Nancy Dryfoos Gallery

    Nancy Thompson Learning Commons, Kean University

Hours

Karl and Helen Burger Gallery

Monday-Friday 10 AM-4 PM

Nancy Dryfoos Gallery  

Monday-Friday 10 AM-4 PM

Human Rights Institute Gallery 

Monday-Friday 10 AM-4 PM *Opening October 2, 2023

Liberty Hall Academic Center (LHAC) gallery 

Monday-Friday 10 AM-4 PM