April 3: Art After Hours Explores Derriére L’Étoile Print Collaborations with Contemporary Artists

March 19, 2013

Art After Hours Explores Derriére L’Étoile Print Collaborations with Contemporary Artists

on April 3 at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ – What was it like to help painter Elizabeth Murray make her first lithographic series in 1980? Or to work with Keith Haring as he transformed his iconic subway murals into his first prints? And what technical skills are required to assist Jeff Koons? Stop by Art After Hours on Wednesday, April 3, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, to learn about these and other printmaking innovations over the last 35 years. The evening spotlights the new exhibition “Stars: Contemporary Prints by Derrière L’Étoile Studio.” Zimmerli curator Marilyn Symmes and studio founder Maurice Sánchez lead a tour of “Stars,” followed by a conversation about his experiences working with many artists who have defined the American art scene since the 1980s. In addition, the Museum Store welcomes Kuhl Designs for a jewelry trunk show and members of the Zimmerli Student Advisory Board (ZSAB) answer questions about becoming involved with Art After Hours programming. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID).

Art After Hours is the eclectic evening series held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Zimmerli. The April program begins with a 5:30 p.m. tour of “Stars: Contemporary Prints by Derrière L’Étoile Studio,” led by Marilyn Symmes, Director of the Zimmerli’s Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Maurice Sánchez,  founder of Derrière L’Étoile. The exhibition is the first survey of the studio’s printmaking achievements and features works from the 1980s through the early 1990s. Other artists showcased are Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Sarah Charlesworth, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Susan Rothenberg, Kenny Scharf, and Laurie Simmons. On view March 23 to September 29, 2013, this is the first in a series of three exhibitions.

At 6:30 p.m., a conversation program features Marilyn Symmes and Maurice Sánchez discussing anecdotes and insights about the creative process behind the many Derrière L’Étoile Studio collaborations with top artists of America’s art world. When Sánchez founded his workshop in 1978, he called it “Derrière L’Étoile”—meaning “behind the star” in French­­—to express his role as part of a technical team supporting the artist in printmaking projects. “In the late 20th century, many artists created images by using original photography, as well as manipulating commercially published stock photographs or film stills,” Symmes explains. “Derrière L’Étoile Studio already excelled at lithography. It then became one of the first workshops to combine new offset, photographic, and digital technologies in realizing these innovative images. Maurice is widely admired for his printmaking expertise, which has made possible remarkable contemporary prints that are found in many leading museums.” A question and answer session follows.

Maurice Sánchez studied art history and lithography at the University of New Mexico and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He also received a fellowship at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop (then in Los Angeles). In 1972, Petersburg Press recruited Sánchez to work in New York with James Rosenquist on a series of prints based on his paintings, including his monumental “F-111” (1964-65), which is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1978, Sánchez founded Derrière L’Étoile Studio, which continues to produce major prints and multiples projects by some of the most recognized names in contemporary art.

Sandwiches, salads, and snacks are available for purchase in the recently reopened Z Café. The Museum Store features 20% off all purchases. The Museum Store also welcomes Kuhl Designs for a trunk show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hilary Shank-Kuhl is a painter and assemblage artists who has been making jewelry since 1992. She combines stones and settings from the late 19th to late 20th century with her own vintage-style designs to create unique pieces that can be worn for all occasions; from casual and business clothing, to evening attire.

Members of the Zimmerli Student Advisory Board (ZSAB) are available throughout the evening to answer questions about becoming involved with this student-run organization that contributes to Art After Hours programming.

The exhibition was selected from the Zimmerli’s extensive print collection and is organized by Marilyn Symmes, Director, Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator of Prints and Drawings, with Beth McKeown, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Boyoung Chang, an intern at the Zimmerli Art Museum and a graduate student in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University.

ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM|RUTGERS

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.

SUPPORT

The Zimmerli Art Museum is supported by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as well as the income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment Fund, among others. Additional support comes from the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from other corporations, foundations, and individuals, as well as earned income, also provide vital annual support for the Zimmerli’s operations and programs.

LOCATION AND HOURS

The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street at George Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID). Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 848.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

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