Art After Hours on September 5: Art=Text=Art Opening and Eric Mintel Quartet

August 23, 2012

Art=Text=Art After Hours: New Season at

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ – Explore the dynamic dialogue between art and language at the opening reception for “Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists” during Art After Hours on Wednesday, September 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The event launches the museum’s vibrant 2012-13 schedule and includes an exhibition tour, a performance by the Eric Mintel Quartet, and word games. 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 September program begins with a 5:30 p.m. tour of “Art=Text=Art” led by Marilyn Symmes, the museum’s Curator of Prints and Drawings and Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts, and Rachel Nackman, curator of the Kramarsky Collection. This major exhibition spotlights more than 100 American works on paper, created between 1960 and 2012, selected from the internationally respected collection of Sally and Wynn Kramarsky, noted New York collectors of modern and contemporary drawings. Juxtaposing both the verbal and the visual aspects of individual words, passages of text, numbers, and symbols, these works prompt insights into wide-ranging subjects: from daily "to do" lists to literature, from individual identity issues to mapping nature's phenomena or the universe of mathematics. Among the 48 artists who delve into the form, function, and multiple interpretations of language are: Carl Andre, Alice Aycock (a Rutgers alum), Trisha Brown, Nancy Haynes, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, and John Waters – yes, that John Waters.

The Zimmerli welcomes regional favorites the Eric Mintel Quartet for their first appearance at the museum, with two sets beginning at 7 and 8 p.m. Composer Eric Mintel (piano), Nelson Hill (saxophone, clarinet, flute), Jack Hegyi (electric bass), and Dave Mohn (drums) have played together since 2005. Following summer appearances at Bethlehem Musik Fest and Lansdale Festival of the Arts, the band continues a fall tour in support of its latest CD “Just Around the Corner.” Though influenced by jazz icon Dave Brubeck, the band’s first collection of all original compositions captures their musical journey and personal experiences over the past year. For more information and to listen to the new songs, visit www.ericmintelquartet.com.

The Zimmerli Student Advisory Board, composed of undergraduate students from all disciplines  who take an active role is planning Art After Hours, welcomes visitors, who are invited to create their own art and text with a variety of word games throughout the evening. Complimentary light refreshments are available and the Museum Store features 20% off all purchases and a free gift with purchases of $25 or more. The September Pick of the Month item is the Vapur Anti-Bottle, an eco-friendly, reusable water bottle in new designs and colors.

"Art=Text=Art" was organized by the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia, and curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions, University of Richmond Museums, with Rachel Nackman, Curator, Kramarsky Collection, New York. The presentation at the Zimmerli, overseen by Marilyn Symmes, has been expanded to include a dozen additional works from the Kramarsky Collection, as well as loans of eight drawings that the Kramarskys have donated to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

The exhibition and related programs at the Zimmerli are made possible in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and donors to the Zimmerli’s Annual Exhibition Fund: Sustainer/Voorhees Family Endowment and Supporter/Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Inc. – Stephen Cypen, President.

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 nineteenth-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.

The Zimmerli Art Museum is supported by Rutgers University 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, 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 732.932.7237, ext. 610, or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

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