A View of Caring: Johnson & Johnson / International Center of Photography Fellowship Exhibition

Willie Davis: Project Mercy’s Medhame-Alem School in Yetebon, Ethiopia, 2006
Jun 18, 2011 - Jul 31, 2011
Voorhees Gallery

A View of Caring: Johnson & Johnson / International Center of Photography Fellowship Program, draws from many hundreds of images taken by graduates of the documentary photography and photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. Since 2001, Johnson & Johnson, the New Jersey-based health care company, has sponsored a fellowship program at ICP that offers emerging photographers the opportunity to document the community based programs it supports in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  

Each photograph in the exhibition is a frozen second in a more arduous success story, one that represents one of the three focus areas of Johnson & Johnson’s giving: saving and improving the lives of women and children; preventing disease and reducing stigmas and disabilities in underserved areas; and building the skills of those who provide for the health needs of others, primarily through education.

The photographers represented in the exhibition are 2005 Fellows Harry Zernike (born Stamford, Connecticut, 1965), Nicolas Goldberg (born Paris, France, 1978), Hilary Duffy (born New York City, 1969); 2006 Fellows Willie Davis (born Washington, DC, 1976), Charlotte Oestervang (born Denmark); 2007 Fellows Kelly Shimoda (born California, 1976), Janea Wiedmann (born New Jersey, 1967), Shraddha Borawake (born Pune, India); 2008 Fellows Mark Manley (born Cleveland, Ohio, 1957), Myriam Abdelaziz (born Cairo, Egypt, 1976), Toni Greaves (born Newcastle, Australia, 1969); 2009 Fellow Tiana Markova-Gold (born Vermont, 1974); and 2010 Fellows Ruben Reyes (born Mexico, 1979), Christina Clusiau (born Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1980). These fellowship winners were selected by ICP and Johnson & Johnson from among recent graduates of its certificate program in documentary photography and photojournalism. 

This exhibition is the result of the cooperative efforts of three institutions, with primary curatorial and organizational input by the following individuals: Ashley L. Atkins, Curator, Corporate Art Program and Program Specialist, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson; Alison Morley, Chair, Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program, International Center of Photography, New York; Jeffrey Wechsler, Senior Curator, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University.


Willie Davis
Project Mercy’s Medhame-Alem School in Yetebon, Ethiopia

Rachel Perry Welty 24/7

Rachel Perry Welty: Lost in my Life (fruit stickers), 2010
Jan 29, 2012 - Jul 15, 2012
Voorhees Gallery

Rachel Perry Welty is a conceptual artist who creates humorous and beautifully crafted work on the subject of life in the 21st century. Addressing issues that include consumerism and information overload, she uses fruit stickers, restaurant take-out containers, messages left on her answering machine, medical records, toys, and email spam as materials for her art. By drawing attention to what she calls the “business of living,” Welty reminds us to look at what we overlook and to pay attention to the momentary.

Marking the artist’s first large-scale solo museum presentation, the exhibition includes drawing, sculpture, collage, installation, video, photography, and performance works using iPhones, Facebook, and Twitter. Rachel Is, an online performance in which she documented her activity every waking minute for a 24-hour period, and Karaoke Wrong Number, a video of the artist lip-synching the voices of strangers who mistakenly left messages on her answering machine, are both included in this 10-year survey. Large-scale photographs of performative work, site-specific sculptures, and a series of collages referencing the music that plays around us as we do errands aptly titled Soundtrack to My Life, are also included. The exhibition is accompanied by an artist’s book, with essays by Nick Capasso and Stephen Merriam Foley, a cell-phone audio tour conducted by the artist, and a wide range of public programs.

Rachel Perry Welty 24/7 is organized by Nick Capasso, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, and Lexi Lee Sullivan, Koch Curatorial Fellow, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. The presentation at the Zimmerli is organized by Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator.

The exhibition and related programs at the Zimmerli are made possible in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation with support from an endowment established by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and donors to the Zimmerli’s Annual Exhibition Fund.

Lost in my Life (boxes), 2009
Pigmented ink print, edition of 3
91 1/4  x 60 in.
Courtesy of the Artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery (New York)

Popcorn & Starbaby: Children's Book Illustrations by Frank Asch

Popcorn & Starbaby
Jun 25, 2011 - Jun 24, 2012
Duvoisin Gallery

Popcorn and Starbaby, two captivating series of original children’s book illustrations by Frank Asch, are featured in this exhibition designed to appeal to viewers of all ages. Popcorn (1979) is about Sam Bear hosting an impromptu Halloween party when his parents are out. The illustrations show Sam and his young friends popping popcorn when, much to Sam’s alarm, popcorn soon fills the entire house. Starbaby (1980) is a delightful bedtime story about a boy who lives in the sky. After Starbaby falls to Earth, he discovers happy family life.

Frank Asch is a noted author and illustrator of over 65 children’s books, poetry, juvenile nonfiction, and children’s novels. 

Organized by Marilyn Symmes, Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator of Prints and Drawings

Frank Asch 

Original illustration for Starbaby (detail), 1980

Watercolor, pen and black ink collection

Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

Gift of the artist, © Frank Asch

Photo Peter Jacobs

Exhibitions Overview

The Zimmerli exhibition program is global in its perspective. Each year, the museum presents two large exhibitions that survey a particular theme or movement in art or focus on the work of particular artists, especially women artists.

The museum also presents a series of four or five cameo shows each year. These shows, which highlight the Zimmerli’s permanent holdings, are organized by Zimmerli curators in tandem with Rutgers graduate students enrolled in the Department of Art History in the School of Arts and Sciences.