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Public Enemy: The Art of Bleriot M. Thompson

Mar 19, 2024 - Dec 13, 2024

The artist, Bleriot M. Thompson, in his studio, Newark, 2022, courtesy of the artist. Works from Left to Right 

Left: Bleriot M. Thompson, 1968, From the series Public Enemy, 2022. Mixed media on unstretched canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Right: Bleriot M. Thompson, InvisibilityFrom the series Public Enemy, 2022. Oil on fabric. Courtesy of the artist.


The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University–Newark is proud to present the inaugural signature exhibition celebrating the work of Newark-based artist Bleriot Thompson and his series “Public Enemy”.

The opening reception for this exhibition will be held on Tuesday, March 19 from 3pm to 6pm, at Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall, Room 206, 15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. It will feature the artist Bleriot Thompson in conversation with Jamilah Malika Abu-Bakare, Instuctor of Professional Practice in the Department of African Studies, Rutgers University–Newark. 

Please register here: go.rutgers.edu/bleriot-reception

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The artwork from Thompson’s “Public Enemy” series will be on display until December 13, 2024, at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice Newark office, located on the 2nd floor of Ruth Bader Ginsberg Hall, Rutgers University, 15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102. To make an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact Terri Kupersmit via email (tkupe@oq.rutgers.edu) or telephone (732-932-3020). Website https://globalracialjustice.rutgers.edu/

 The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice is a conduit for new knowledge and ideas, providing opportunities for Rutgers faculty whose inquiries address racism and social inequality to work collaboratively and effect meaningful action and positive change. In bringing together scholars from multiple humanities disciplines across Rutgers—from law to language, from philosophy to art, from history to gender studies—the institute serves as a university wide intellectual corridor that escalates the likelihood that their explorations and findings will inform real-world decisions, providing solutions to problems that have been increasingly thrust into sharp focus in the United States and around the globe.

 The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice (ISGRJ) is funded by the Mellon Foundation to support its mission of humanities-driven research to address racism and social inequality and to effect meaningful action and positive change. ISGRJ-Newark engages with these pressing issues by establishing dialogues and partnering with communities around us. Staying true to the mission of Rutgers-Newark as an anchor institution, we are proud to support local Newark artists. The Paul Robeson Galleries are supported, in part, by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and by private donations. We are also supported by The Chancellor’s Office, Express Newark, Robeson Campus Center, and the Cultural Programming Committee, Rutgers University-Newark. 

Venue Information Opening Reception
  • Date: Mar 19, 2024 - Dec 13, 2024
  • Location:The Institute of Global Racial Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall Second Floor, 15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
  • Curators:ISGRJ x PRG

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