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Pam Owens: Inverted Architecture

May 10, 2017 - Jun 01, 2018

Pam Owens, Move Toward Open Arms, 2008, digital print, 30 x 40 inches, courtesy of the artist


Artist Talk

Wednesday, November 8th from 1:30 to 3 p.m.


Pam Owens is a Newark born and raised artist.  She has a B.A. in History and an M.F.A. in Photography.  Owens does not use photography as a medium for literal representation of the world.  She is instead interested in her medium as a way to see with the invisible eye, to experience something beyond a depiction of an object or space to a sensation, an energy contained within a two dimensional plane.  The title of the exhibition provides a clue as to her intention.  Architecture may be defined as forming a unified, coherent form or structure, but when inverted there is room for something much less concrete.  This is the space that Owens occupies with her photos.

This exhibition is made possible by Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grants. The purpose of the Seed Grant Galleries is integration: of spaces, of voices, and of intellectual/aesthetic disciplines.  Each of the five year-long pop-up exhibitions will appear in a non-art space in order to enhance Rutgers’ academic environment by expanding on the ways in which knowledge can be acquired outside the classroom.  Seed Grant Galleries will be established through the collaborative efforts of those within and without the University context, will highlight the relevance of visual literacy in understanding our intellectual landscape, and will provide platforms for voices that historically may have been excluded from the History of Art or recognized academic pursuit. 

Venue Information Opening Reception
  • Date: May 10, 2017 - Jun 01, 2018
  • Location:Conklin Hall, Department of African and African-American Studies
  • Curators:PRG