Art After Hours Welcomes Visual Artist Rita Leduc and Rap Artist David Rush on October 3

September 24, 2012

Language as Art: Seen and Spoken

at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ – Art After Hours invites visitors to experience the power of language on Wednesday, October 3, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The evening includes an exhibition tour of “Art=Text=Art,” a performance by rap artist David Rush, an interactive drawing project with artist Rita Leduc, and an open mic student poetry slam. 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 October program begins with a 5:30 p.m. tour of “Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists” led by Marilyn Symmes, the museum’s Curator of Prints and Drawings and Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts. This major exhibition explores the dynamic dialogue between art and language with 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. 

The Zimmerli welcomes rap artist David Rush (formerly known as Young Boss) for his first appearance at the museum, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Lower Dodge Gallery. Rush, along with DJ El Niño from Dover, performs a mix of old and new tracks in support of the digital release of “Moon High,” which is available through his website and planetpit.com. A life-saving kidney transplant in 2010 has allowed Rush to continue his musical journey. The Highland Park native has enjoyed success with his international hits "Go Girl" (featuring Pitbull and Trina) and "Shooting Star" (featuring Pitbull, Kevin Rudolf, and LMFAO). Information about all of Rush’s projects, including a national tour this winter, is available at www.davidrushonline.com, as well as on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Artist Rita Leduc invites visitors to be part of “Making Sense of What We Sense,” an interactive drawing installation, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., in one of the Zimmerli’s modern art galleries. A 2012 MFA graduate in visual arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, Leduc creates a space for visitors to explore drawing by using all of their senses and develop a firsthand understanding of the increasingly blurry boundaries in contemporary art. This first-time happening at the museum is a unique opportunity that allows all visitors to discover their own creativity and contribute to a community collage, which will remain on view until Sunday, October 7. Participants and observers are welcome to drop in to or stay for the entire session as the drawing “grows” in the gallery. Traditional and non-traditional drawing materials are provided. Information about the artist is available at ritaleduc.com.

The Zimmerli Student Advisory Board (ZSAB) presents the first poetry slam of the year, from 7 to 8:45p.m., inviting amateur and experienced students to share their work. To register for a guaranteed performance slot, e-mail ZimmerliStudentBoard@gmail.com. Following registered performers, open mic opportunities are available. ZSAB is the student voice of and for the museum, serving as a bridge between the student body at Rutgers and the Zimmerli. ZSAB members gain valuable skills in leadership and teamwork, as well as strategic planning and decision making. Students interested in becoming involved with ZSAB throughout the year can e-mail board chair Victoria Natenzon at natenzvi@eden.rutgers.edu.

Complimentary light refreshments are available. The Museum Store features 20% off all purchases and a free note card with purchases of $25 or more. In addition, the October Pick of the Month item is Graphite Objects by Batle Studio. These artist-designed drawing tools are sculptures in their own right; yet, while all of the surfaces can write, the graphite does not stain the hand.

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 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 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

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