Past Exhibitions


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Post Code Criminals
Sept. 13th – Oct. 20th 2012

International Collaboration with Artist Dread Scott, Filmmaker Joan Kushner, and the youth from Liverpool, UK and Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Last year New York police stopped 686,000 people as part of their "Stop and Frisk" policy. Post Code Criminals is an artistic collaboration between Dread Scott, a Brooklyn based artist, Joann Kushner an artist in Liverpool UK, and young adults in Brooklyn and Liverpool whom they have been working with since Fall, 2011.

LL Cool J by Talib Abdul Haq.

Constructed Concepts
Curated by Charlotte Mouquin
August 16–31

Constructed Concepts brings together five artist from the Rush Arts Gallery submissions in a special summer exhibition. Grace Kim, Jessica Liggero, Jason Paradis, Rosemarie Padovano, and Jenny Salomon question human truths by exploring the cosmos, mortality, nature and the human condition through drawing, painting, video, and installation.

Grace Kim.


LL Cool J by Talib Abdul Haq.

Cullen Washington, Jr.: One Dimension
August 16–31

Rush Arts Gallery is pleased to present the work of 2012 Summer Artist in Residence Cullen Washington, Jr.

Alexi Torres.


LL Cool J by Talib Abdul Haq.

Young Talent From Atlanta
Curated by Mark Karelson
April 19–May 19

Young Talent from Atlanta features work by five of Atlanta’s most talented young artists: Stephen Hayes, Julianne Trew, Manty Dey, Alexi Torres.

Alexi Torres.


LL Cool J by Talib Abdul Haq.

April 12th -14th


Kings of Rock: photos commemorating the Beastie Boys by Sunny Bak, Rush Artist Management photos by Talib Adbul Haqq and graphic works of Cey Adams. Presented by Russell Simmons, Cey Adams, and Bill Adler

This exhibition will be accompanied by a book discussion and signing of Def Jam Recordings: The Last Great Record Label a book by Bill Adler, Def Jam's founding publicist, and Dan Charnas, author of "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop" (New American Library 2010). Cey Adams, the label’s founding creative director, designed this book which explores the fashion, art, and culture of Hip Hop.

Photo: LL Cool J by Talib Abdul Haq.


joshua peters beau jackson Joshua Peter : (One) Man Show
A Solo Exhibition
March 22–31


nekked black girlsNeekid Blk Gurls
December 2, 2011 – January 27, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday December 8 2011, 6-8pm. Sean Atherley, Ingrid Baars, Alaric Campbell, Howard Cash, Barron Claiborne, Dephine Fawundu-Buford, Kerika Fields, Russell Frederick, John Henderson, Dexter Jones, Saddi Khali, Quazi King, Guenter Knop, Deana Lawson, Zoraida Lopez, Mikelle Moore, Zenel Muholi, Radcliffe Roye, Mahlot Sanosa, Stan Squarewell. Image credit: ingrid Barrs, L'Afrique C'est Shique! photography, 2010/2011



15 x 15: Celebrating Rush Arts Gallery's 15th Anniversary
September 15 - October 28, 2011
15 x 15 commemorates Rush's legacy of cultivating talented artists early in their career. For 15 x 15, guest curator and art advisor Ingrid LaFleur brings together fifteen Rush alumni- Simone Leigh, Kalup Linzy, Ayana V Jackson, Tahir Hemphill, Sol'Sax, Wangechi Mutu, Sanford Biggers, Navin June Norling, Diane Wah, Kenya (Robinson), Michael Paul Britto, Renee Cox, Barron Claiborne, Lennon Jno-Baptiste, Angelbert Metoyer. 15 x 15 is a provocative cross-section that highlights Rush's roster of celebrated artists. It also recognizes the significant role Rush played in making space for emerging artists of color. This established Rush as a springboard for many artists' career garnering them critical success. Rush founder and arts advocate, Danny Simmons, had this vision in mind when he created the gallery in the then burgeoning arts district of Chelsea, "Rush arts was so necessary to give a voice to young artists of color. It was often these artists' first exposure to critics, patrons and the public. Over the years it has become a sought after venue where young artists have found their creative voices. As we move into the next phase of the gallery's development we will take these important voices onto the global arts stage and let the world know what they have to say." In tandem to Simmons' vision and the ultimate mission of Rush, former director Derrick Adams developed an intelligent curatorial program for over 10 years. This has resulted in Rush's reputation for exhibiting experimental art work across all genres. In addition to 15 x 15 Rush has collaborated with Artspace to produce a portfolio of fifteen limited edition prints by the same artists available Fall 2011.


just a band makmende amerudiJust a Band: Kudishnyao!
Presented by the Wangechi Mutu Studio  
August 18-September 3, 2011
Rush Gallery is pleased to present KUDISHNYAO! (pronounced COO-DISH-NY-OW), the first exhibition in the United States of Kenyan collective Just A Band. This enterprise was formed in 2003 by an animator, a musician and a photographer who met at university in Nairobi. Just A Band's live shows and DJ sets are known for their raucous energy and contagious mix of beats and visuals. KUDISHNYAO! provides the occasion for their US gallery and concert debuts. Combining infectious music, offbeat visuals and social commentary, KUDISHNYAO! is a 6-channel video installation. Each channel is an individual narrative that interacts and shares a single soundtrack, telling stories of fate, love, deceit and escape, with a cast of "terrorists, dancers, victims, survivors and lovers." The piece was also recently exhibited at the Goethe Institut in Nairobi


Alexandria Smith
It Just Feels Right To Me: Process, Product, Ponder

August 18-September 3, 2011
The exhibition explores themes of identity, violence and childhood innocence through two concurrent bodies of work. Smith captures young girls engaging in illusory play that borders between sexual investigation, and innocuous play a Smith's girls, captured in mocking scenes of self-humiliation in a hostile environment of their own, eerily absent of adults, latently struggle for power. Employing a vibrant palette, based in nostalgia, Smith uses a cartoon vernacular to reference racial stereotypes to further evolve her personal narrative. Smith's work is inspired by the characterization of Claymation and cartoons and meta-historical concepts. Her works probe into the idealized, taboo versions of black girlhood to reveal the unspoken realities.


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The Black Portrait
Curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Natasha L. Logan 
March 31st – May 21st
Christine Wong Yap
Coby Kennedy
Delphine Diallo
Duron Jackson
Felandus Thames
Kajahl Benes
Kambui Olujimi
Keisha Scarville
Shane Aslan Selzer
Toyin Odutola


Sculpted Memory
February 2nd - March 26th 2011
Jen Blazina
Trevor Brown
Sheila Goloborotko
Johnny Mattei
Michael Mut
Curated by Charlotte Mouquin

This group exhibition links time, surface and material through sculptural installation, mixed media, painting, photography, and print making. Jen Blazina, Trevor Brown, Sheila Goloborotko, Johnny Mattei, and Micheal Mut, will be the participating artists in this exhibition that stretches the boundaries of mediums.  Sculpted memory ties past histories with present experience.


Sophie Mörner

February 4th - March 12th 2011
Curated by Nina Ziefvert


February 4th - March 12th 2011
Dawn Blackman
Grant Willing
Andrew Laumann
Curated by Karen Codd



Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series
February 4th - March 12th 2011
Jorge Cavelier
Stan Squirewell

Rush Arts Gallery and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is pleased to collaborate with Bombay Sapphire to present the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series - a national contest to discover and cultivate the next wave of aspiring artists in photography and visual art. This national competition showcased 8 semi final exhibitions around the country and brought 20 finalists to showcase their selected work in Miami during Art Basel in December. Rush Arts Gallery will present the works of Jorge Cavelier and Stan Squirewell, the final winners and awarded artists of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series.



The Mothership Has Landed
February 2 – March 20, 2010
Guest Curator: Derrick Adams

The Mothership Has Landed is a group exhibition featuring sculpture, video, photography and painting by Brandon C. Cox, Lainie Dalby, Ayana V. Jackson, Glendalys Medina, Marcus Morales and Jacolby Satterwhite. The title of the show borrows from the infamous George Clinton + Funkadelic and their decades-long experimental movement combining music, fashion, illustration and performance. Their phrase, "The Mothership Has Landed" can roughly translate to "The shit is about to hit the fan!" and illustrates the collective nature of the group's overall expressive and raw quality. A similar expressive and raw quality can be seen in this group of artists. Their works are cultural hybrids borrowing from the familiar and inspired by their investigation of media transformed through personal experience, resulting in a cosmic array of images, objects and performance. "Here's a chance to dance our way out of our constrictions…with the groove our only guide, we shall all be moved." One Nation Under A Groove -George Clinton + Funkadelic

Lynn Elizabeth Palewicz
February 2 – March 20, 2010
Curator: Nico Wheadon

Selves is a solo project space exhibition featuring photographs and drawings by Lynn Elizabeth Palewicz. The title of the show refers to Palewicz's ongoing investigation of self-portraiture: the self as subject, the self as material, and the self as creative impulse. The exhibition includes works from her girl series, and torso series as well as drawings and sketches illuminating her creative process. ''These are not scenes from so-called real life, yet we utterly believe in them, as if they were stills from a heretofore unsuspected collective memory.'' - Guest Writer: Marcelle Clements

Leor Grady
February 2 – March 20, 2010
Curator: Nico Wheadon
Leor Grady contemplates language and intimacy in his site-responsive installation in the gallery's new exhibition space; a 3' by 5' glass display case located near the entrance that caters to small-scale works that are sized to fit yet loud and unconvential in message. A tiled backdrop alludes to the oddly private yet performative space of the bathroom and foregrounds small, embroidered textiles that weave plural language and meanings into familiar objects.





November 24, 2009 - January 6,2010
Carla Aspenberg
Andrew Demirjian
Nicky Enright
Hong Seon Jang
Yeni Mao
Noelle Lorraine Williams
Curator: Nico Weldon

The multimedia works of Carla Aspenberg, Andrew Demirjian, Nicky Enright, Hong Seon Jang, Yeni Mao and Noelle Lorraine Williams uniquely engage notions of placelessness, loss and nostalgia to redefine the borders that limit our definitions of self, otherness and history. Borderline mines our indefinable position on the timeline between creation and extinction and celebrates the uncertainty of our future through imagery that borders on the simultaneously pre- and post-apocalyptic. These works erase the functionality of familiar objects and places—dolls, hammers, bananas, books, zipties, doorways, classrooms and stairwells—to suggest new contexts, memories and psychologies. What were once binaries become valued as diverse sites of transition where plural meaning is embraced.

November 24, 2009 - January 16, 2010
Jennie Baptiste
Accompong Maroons is the culmination of a two year journey by London-based photographer Jennie Baptiste. The colorfully rich digital canvas prints on panels form a collage, giving insight into the Maroon lifestyle and heritage. Baptiste is a photographer inspired by youth culture and music in relation to her identity. She has documented many genres within youth culture and photographed P Diddy, Mary J Blige, Nas and Jay Z to name a few. In her own words, "I continue to be fascinated by the influence of Black Youth Culture in London. I wish to use my work to inform and educate people about Black Youth Culture outside the stereotype. So that our history is also their history, creating a greater understanding of the different cultural diversities that makes up British society here and beyond." CURATOR: NICO WHEADON

That was then…
September 25 – November 7
Kevin Baker
Rashaad Newsome
Ardan Özmeno­glu
Guest Curators: Casey Fremont + Vanessa Riding

That was then… examines the personal histories of 3 artists; Kevin Baker paints psychedelic and  autobiographical floral imagery over the kitschy patterns of classic oil cloth. Ardan Özmenoglu adorns and rearranges everyday objects that reference imagery of her native Turkey. Rashaad Newsome films contemporary Vogue choreography and documents the dance in two-dimensional line drawings.

Lester Julian Merriweather
Vanilla Extract
September 25 – November 7
Curator: Derrick Adams
The Vanilla Extract Series explores the frequency and/or lack of black representation in mainstream media outlets. Merriweather "extracts" white people from the pages of high-end fashion magazines, as well as other printed materials, to illustrate the universal social imbalance in reference to the representation of African Americans within society.


Keith Anderson
Glass Case Exhibition Series

September 25 – November 7
Curator: Nico Wheadon
Keith Anderson showcases a diverse collection of fertile, vast, combustible, inclusive and malleable works inspired—yet not defined—by a multitude of cultural and artistic resources. Anderson's work hovers between minimalism, arte povera and abstraction and employs a minimalist simplicity of form and an emphasis on process and unconventional materials such as raisins, cotton puffs, black-eyed peas, felt pads, match heads, clothespins, flammable glue, straight pins, egg whites, onions, and patternmaking paper.

In Progress Residency
Carol Pereira and Jonas Olson
August 3 – September 12
Curator: Derrick Adams
For their residency, Pereira and Olson showcase an experimental collaboration between two people employing wall drawing, video projection and performance. The pair transformed the gallery into a multi-sensory environment that engaged their spatial surroundings and audience to interrogate notions of power, body and space.


The Happening: Kinesics as Art Object
April 14 - May 30
Keith Anderson
Johannes DeYoung
Wayne Hodge
Jessica Lagunas
Regina Rocke
Lerato Shadi
Ezra Wube
Curator: Nico Wheadon

In the early 1950s, Ray Birdwhistell—a dancer turned anthropologist—termed kinesics, the study of the way people communicate through posture, gesture, stance, and movement. Paralleling the birth of the "science of expression" was an unprecedented cultural awareness of the body's ability to transform creative production away from the tangible and toward a multi‐sensory experience that challenges traditional modes of perception and highlights body language as a nuanced tool of not only expression but also liberation. The work of these seven artists unites and expands upon these foundations laid more than half a century before and employs media to both document an autobiographical exploration of kinesics and place themselves in position or opposition to global discourses on identity and representation.

Fiona Gardner
Meet Miss Subways
April 14 - May 30
Curator: Derrick Adams
Fiona Gardner exhibits carefully constructed portraits of the former Miss Subways contest winners wearing sashes with lettering taken directly from their original Miss Subways placards. Her photographs' dramatic lighting references the glamour of pageantry, while the settings—homes and places of work—are the everyday spaces of the women's lives. Her images focus on the personal stories of these briefly famous women, while also viewing their lives through a wider historical and feminist context. There were nearly 200 winners of the Miss Subways beauty contest held by New York City's transit system between 1941 and 1976.

February 3 - March 28
Sung Jin Choi
Brendan Fernandes
Mona Kamal
Sungmi Lee
Vered Sivan
Jessica Vaughn
Curator: Nico Wheadon

In the many modes that latitude can describe place on both a personal and global scale, the six artists in this exhibition investigate the complexities of mixed cultural identity and the increasingly unstable political and emotional notions of homeland. Each approach visual narrative and representation uniquely yet share a communal emphasis on material and process. Much like the longitudinal and latitudinal lines of the globe, the highly-detailed, repetitive quality in these works highlights the prescribed parameters of the gallery space and challenges this rigidity to further complicate the boundary of experiences and redefine notions of identity, authenticity and heritage outside of a hegemonic vernacular.

Pierre Obando
February 3 - March 28
Curator: Derrick Adams

The works of Pierre Obando operate with a minimal and graphic aesthetic that suggests blankness, and a lack of identity. The paintings challenge our tendency to place them in customary categories like abstraction or representation, and also emotional categories like sincere or ironic. His techniques of using dots to render his images give the impression that the image we are looking at has been enlarged. Like views under a microscope, over vision is enhanced while the identity of what is seen is obscured. These paintings offer no reassurance that what we perceive is an immediate entity, like a lyrical abstraction, or a typological example of that style of painting.



White Lies, Black Noise
November 14, 2008 - January 24, 2009
Ricky Day
Anthony Fuller
Amin Rehman
LaToya Frazier
Shani Peters
Philip A. Robinson Jr.

The photography, sculpture, video and text-based work of Shani Peters, Ricky Day, Amin Rehman, LaToya Frazier, Anthony Fuller and Phillip Robinson are juxtaposed to demonstrate how source material is used to explore subculture and subtext, questioning social awareness and relevance. These six artists explore the relationship between communicator and communication and illuminate communal experiences—in both marginalized and non-marginalized communities—through iconic subject matter and technology.

Ashanti Chaplin
ROMANS 14:11 every tongue shall confess…

November 6-8
ROMANS 14:11 every tongue shall confess… is a multimedia installation created by Ashanti Chaplin, that consists of performance, sculpture, video, and sound. The content of the installation explores themes of voyeurism, mimetic desire and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The elements of the installation were created to construct a narrative. The assemblage of recorded and edited confessions combined with live confessions of attendees will create a story about that day, the space, and the people who occupy the space. The layering of confessions will ultimately act as an unreliable narrator that attempts to present a tale that is a reflection of contemporary times. It is the artist's intent to explore the nature of public and private dialogue and the connection between the sacred and the sinister. As an artist Ashanti is interested in how repression, whether it is political or psychological, shapes the landscape of things desired and furthermore how those desires are realized and revealed in the collective conscience.

Off Color
September 23- November 1
Elizabeth Axtman
Andrea Chung
Russell Watson
Kareem Black
Pamela Sunstrum
Petrushka Bazin
Nekisha Durrett
Guest Curators: Kalia Brooks and Hank Willis Thomas

Off Color highlights the work of twelve emerging international artists who employ video, photography, and illustrative software to investigate the formative possibilities within the image-narrative complex. These artists encapsulate a generation of creative inquiry that reflects an impulse to purse a variety of technological media in order to construct images that challenge authorship and traditional visual representation.

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
Mildendranthema Grandeflorum

September 23- November 1
Mildendranthema Grandeflorum, a piece that incorporates photography, video, installation and sculpture, is a performative work by Lyn-Kee-Chow who embodies a mythical character, appropriately called the flower thief. In dynamic and vividly colored photographs, Lyn-Kee-Chow transcends spatial and temporal parameters as we witness the flower thief treading grounds in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, the White House's Rose Garden in Washington D.C., and Queens, New York. Although the artist has contextually anchored the protagonist's location in Jamaica, it is simultaneously transnational in scope and speaks to how this legend can be applied universally.