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Despite the Spoils

Sep 05, 2023 - Oct 26, 2023

Theda Sandiford, Where is Malibu Christie?, 2023, Paracord, ribbon, cool LED lights and various vintage Barbies on gold spray painted recovered shopping cart, H 36” x W 40” x D 24”, Courtesy of the artist.



Opening Reception Thursday, September 14, 2023 5p – 7p

Part of the series “An Invisible City (Newark)”

This is the first exhibition in an interdisciplinary, multi-year project focusing on collaborations with individuals to bring to light new knowledge about the city of Newark, to tell many stories about this place.  This project is centered around 25,000 artifacts that were excavated from a city block in a historic part of Newark which is now part of the Rutgers Campus (bordered by Washington, Halsey, New and Linden Streets). 

Curator Armisey Smith states, “This exhibition features artifacts based on uncovered remnants likely subject to complete decay but have survived despite environmental stressors. The artists and artwork selected for the Despite the Spoils exhibit amplify the resilience of women under constant assault by external factors and political factions.”



This series of oral histories was collected in conjunction with the exhibition Despite the Spoils (curated by Armisey Smith) and the mural A Question of Time (artist Armisey Smith).  This is part of the series Invisible City (Newark) which uses a set of excavated artifacts to present many histories of this city.  In 2023 the emphasis has been on the voices of women. This series of oral histories was collected to provide an opportunity for Newark women to speak about their life experiences. It can be listened to here:

Interview with Adrienne Wheeler

Interview with Armisey Smith

Interview with Elizabeth Wheeler

Interview with Nadirah Wheeler 

Interview with Noelle Lorraine Williams

Venue Information Opening Reception
  • Date: Sep 05, 2023 - Oct 26, 2023
  • Location:Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery
  • Curators:Armisey Smith

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