February 17: Leading Art Historian Robert Storr

February 4, 2013

Leading Art Historian Robert Storr Discusses Soviet Nonconformist Art

on February 17 at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers


New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is pleased to welcome American critic, curator, and artist Robert Storr for the presentation “Soviet Nonconformist Art: A View from the U.S.A.,” on Sunday, February 17, at 2 p.m. The lecture is devoted to the topic of Soviet nonconformist and Russian contemporary art. Admission is free for Rutgers faculty, staff, and students (with valid ID); $5 for Zimmerli members; and $10 general admission. Reservations are required for this highly anticipated event. Please RSVP at 848.932.6766 or education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu

Robert Storr has served as Professor of Painting and Dean of the School of Art at Yale University since 2006. He was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, and was chosen commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennial – the first American invited to that position. He has been a contributing editor at “Art in America” since 1981 and writes frequently for “Artforum,” “Parkett,” “Art Press” (Paris), and “Frieze” (London). Storr has written numerous catalogs, articles, and books, notably about such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, and Philip Guston. Among his many honors, Storr has received awards from the American Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, Independent Curators International, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, as well as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres medal from the French Ministry of Culture.

This program is presented in conjunction with the new exhibitionLeonid Sokov: Ironic Objects,the first major United States solo exhibition for Sokov (born 1941), one of the leading figures in Soviet underground and Russian-American contemporary art. A survey of his career from the 1960s to 2000, this exhibition highlights themes and developments in his art. A trademark of the artist’s work is the multi-layered visual and verbal pun that draws upon figures in popular culture from both communist Russia and capitalist America. In a witty and lighthearted way, Sokov’s art affords the viewer a deeper understanding of contemporary culture, politics, and everyday life. “Ironic Objects,” which includes 80 works of art, is on view through July 14, 2013.


The exhibition and related programs are supported by the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund. Additional support has been provided by the Thickman Family Foundation and donors to the Zimmerli’s Annual Exhibition Fund: Sustainer/Voorhees Family Endowment; Supporter/Charles and Caryl Sills and Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Inc. — Stephen Cypen, President.


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.


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 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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