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Willie Cole, The Sole Sitter, 2013. Bronze, Edition 1 of 3.  Newark Museum Purchase 2013

Gallery Tours
February (Wednesday - Sunday)
3:00 pm
Spotlight on work by Willie Cole: Sole Sitter (2013) and Por la Mesa de Mi Abelita (2006)


Senior Friday
Enjoy a range of activities including gallery talks, art-making activities, music, theatrical performances and scientific activities.
Pre-registration required; call 973.596.6613.

February 14, 1-3 pm
Performance: No Mystery in Black History
In the tradition of the African Griot, Queen Nur brings the wisdom and humor of African and African American folktales into our lives through storytelling and musical performances.

34th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series
Saturday, February 15, 9:30 am-3 pm
Location: Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers-Newark

The 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be commemorated at the 2014 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, Tending the Light: Community Organizing and the Modern Civil Rights Movement, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the Rutgers University’s Newark Campus, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The daylong conference features four distinguished speakers: Bob Moses, civil rights movement veteran and president of The Algebra Project; Diane Nash, civil rights movement veteran; Charles Payne, Professor, University of Chicago; and Barbara Ransby, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Immediately following the MTW conference, the audience is invited to attend a free reception and gallery tours at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark. All events are presented by the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, and are free and open to the public. For more information visit the Institute’s website: ethnicity.rutgers.edu.  Or phone 973.353.3891.

Artists in Dialogue: A Conversation with Willie Cole
Sunday, February 16, 2-3 pm

Be part of a dialogue inspired by the Newark Museum's most recent aquisition, Sole Sitter, by Willie Cole.  Join artist Willie Cole and curator Dr. Christa Clarke as they discuss the artist's creative process and his many sources of inspiration, from African art to high-heeled shoes.

This program will be followed by a reception in the Engelhard Court, 3-4 pm.


Created Equal Film Series

Screening: Slavery by Another Name
Saturday, February 22, 2 pm
Guest Speaker: Sam Pollard, Producer/Director

This documentary, originally aired on PBS, challenges one of Americas’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the "Emancipation Proclamation." The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.   (90 minutes)

For further information, go to: www.slaverybyanothername.com/pbs-film/

Sam Pollard
is the editor of the Edward Norton feature length documentary, By The People: The Election of Barack Obama (HBO 2009).  He served as documentary producer of Blackside production’s Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crosswords, and Co-Executive Producer/Producer of I’ll Make Me A World: Stories of African-American Artists and Community. He directed Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun for American Masters.


Pollard has also worked extensively on Spike Lee’s films, including When the Levees Broke. His productions have won multiple Emmy Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, the George Polk Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Pare Lorentz Award from the International Documentary Association. Pollard is also a Professor of Film Studies at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Presented by the Newark Museum and the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience.

The Created Equal film series is sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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