The College of New Jersey Art Gallery

AIMM Building, 1st Floor,TCNJ, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 - United States





Free Everyday

The mission of TCNJ’s Art Gallery is to enhance and complement the educational mission of the College and to contribute to the cultural life of the College and the surrounding central New Jersey community. The Art Gallery presents exhibitions that explore diverse cultures and perspectives and that foster visual literacy and critical thinking. The Art Gallery and adjacent Student Galleries serve as public gateways for TCNJ to showcase the intellectual and creative interests and accomplishments of the College. In developing exhibitions and related programs, the Art Gallery collaborates with faculty and students in the Department of Art and Art History and other academic departments across the campus.


On August 30, 2022, The College of New Jersey Art Gallery will open Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects. The exhibition includes recent photographic and video works questioning stereotypes that associate black bodies with criminality. Images from the All the Boys and The Usual Suspects series implicate these stereotypes in the deaths of black men and women at the hands of police, and confront the viewer with the fact of judicial inaction. Blocks of color obscuring faces point to the constructed nature of our notions of race and how these imagined concepts obscure humanity—here with very real and deadly outcomes. People of a Darker Hue, a meditative compilation of video, found footage, narration, and performance commemorates these deaths.

Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences of power.

Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects is organized by LSU Museum of Art. The project, which includes a fully illustrated catalogue, is a collaboration between the LSU College of Art + Design, the LSU School of Art and LSU Museum of Art. Support for this exhibition is provided by The Winifred and Kevin P. Reilly Jr. Fund with additional support from LSU Museum of Art Annual Exhibition Fund donors. At TCNJ, this program is made possible, in part, by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Commissioners and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

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