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Picturing Black Girlhood: Moments of Possibility

Exhibition Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Sat: 12-5, Thurs 12-8, Closed on Friday and Sundays.

PICTURING BLACK GIRLHOOD: MOMENTS OF POSSIBILITY is the largest exhibition on Black Girlhood in the world. Features more than eighty Black women, girls, and genderqueer artists—ranging in age from 8 to 94—who work in the mediums of photography and film, this show is a sustained exploration of the theme of Black girlhood as a source of an essential stage of development, an embattled site of representation, an integral moment of political awakening, and artistic inspiration. Comprising all three main exhibition floors of Express Newark, this show brings together iconic image-makers, emerging artists, and young photographers (over half the artists in the show are under 20) to center Black girls as subjects, artists, and agents of their own lives. Picturing Black Girlhood is curated by Scheherazade Tillet and Zoraida Lopez-Diago.

Exhibition Dates: February 17 to August 15, 2022.
Exhibition Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Sat: 12-5, Thurs 12-8, Closed on Friday and Sundays.



In accordance with the guidelines from Rutgers University and the State of New Jersey, visitors 12 years and older must be vaccinated against Covid-19, and visitors two years and older must wear a mask. Photo ID and proof of vaccination or negative PCR test from a test taken no more than 72 hours before the event must be presented when entering the building. This applies to all populations: students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors.


Express Newark is a center for socially engaged art and design that brings together the community, the campus, and the City of Newark. Supported by Rutgers University, Newark, it is conceived as a “third space” for students, artists, and activists to make art that matters, addresses our city’s most prevailing social justice issues, and advocates for systemic change.

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