Scarlet Speakers from the Heart of New Brunswick: Collective Yearning

Executive Dean Peter March and the School of Arts and Sciences offer “Scarlet Speakers from the Heart of New Brunswick” – a series of virtual events with Rutgers faculty members and alumni, that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home. 

In this talk from September 20, 2022, Professor Wiley discusses the process of planning Collective Yearning: Black Women Artists from the Zimmerli Art Museum from initial conception as a graduate-level Exhibition Seminar to installation and development of programming.

Featuring prints, photographs, and multimedia artworks, this exhibition is the first time the university has conducted a comprehensive and methodical review of its holdings of art by Black women artists. Many of the artists have ties to New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia, ranging from canonical figures such as Rutgers faculty and artists Emma Amos and Kara Walker, to emerging artists Nona Faustine, Atisha Fordyce, and Daonne Huff. The exhibition is curated by Wiley and her students Jasmine Daria Cannon, Kyle b. co., Helen Gao, Grace Lynne Haynes, Emily Hu, Grace Kim, Desiree Morales, Michael Randall, and Audrey Roclore.

Artists: Emma Amos, Chakaia Booker, Barbara Bullock, Elizabeth Catlett, Nona Faustine, Atisha Fordyce, Nefertiti Goodman, Daonne Huff, Margo Humphrey, Stefanie Jackson, Carmen Cartiness Johnson, Nadine DeLawrence Maine, Nell Painter, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Lorna Simpson, Shinique Smith, Renée Stout, Sharon E. Sutton (FAIA), Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Bisa Washington, and Carrie Mae Weems For more information on the exhibition and programming, click here.


Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Douglass Library 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9am-6pm; weekends by appointment only. Free and open to the public. *MASK REQUIRED for entry. Hours are subject to the university libraries operating schedule.


Focus Gallery, Zimmerli Art Museum (satellite exhibition) 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Hours: Sat. & Sun. 12-5pm; Wed. & Fri. 11am-6pm; Thurs. 11am-8pm; closed Mon. & Tues. Free and open to the public.