Join Us on February 7 to Celebrate New Exhibitions "Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17" and "Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese (TAR)"

January 10, 2017

 

Art After Hours Spotlights New Exhibitions with Two Guest Speakers

at the Zimmerli on February 7

 

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers invites the public to attend exclusive programming at Art After Hours: First Tuesdays on February 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening features two guest speakers to celebrate the new exhibitions Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17 and Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese (TAR). At 5:45 p.m., independent art historian and Rutgers alumna Christina Weyl provides insight into Innovation and Abstraction, which examines eight artists who worked at the legendary printmaking studio. Weyl first curated the exhibition for the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center on Long Island; it now travels to the Zimmerli, which is contributing additional works by these artists from its own collection. At 7 p.m., photographer Terrence A. Reese (also known as TAR) discusses Reflections, his project that has spanned two decades, evolving into a 2012 book and traveling exhibition. The exhibition at the Zimmerli includes 65 black and white photographs that depict pioneers from a variety of fields who have shaped American culture and history. In addition, Central New Jersey songwriter, producer, and guitarist Brandon Broderick returns to the museum. Influenced by such genres as folk, pop, rock, bluegrass, and country, his solo acoustic performance highlights his original compositions, with a few covers of classic songs. Art After Hours is free and open to the public, offering complimentary refreshments. To learn more, visit www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

 

Innovation and Abstraction, on view at the Zimmerli from January 17 to May 31, 2017, examines the formal innovations and burgeoning feminist consciousness of eight artists who worked in the studio’s New York location: Louise Bourgeois, Minna Citron, Worden Day, Dorothy Dehner, Sue Fuller, Alice Trumbull Mason, Louise Nevelson, and Anne Ryan. Atelier 17, a legendary printmaking studio, had relocated from Paris to New York at the outbreak of World War II, providing a workspace and support for some 200 artists – nearly half of whom were women – to experiment and collaborate during this period of upheaval and uncertainty in Europe. Experimental, often unorthodox, prints by the featured artists are displayed alongside their paintings and sculptures to explore how this work catalyzed their creativity and inspired these women to reshape American abstraction.  

 

Reflections, on view at the Zimmerli from January 17 to July 30, 2017, features a wide range of African American politicians, educators, artists, musicians, doctors, and business leaders—many with overlapping roles as activists who have fought against racial, social, and economic inequality—Reflections depicts a more personal view of these public figures. Reese carefully frames and composes each portrait, depicting his subjects as reflections in mirrors within their homes, offices, and studios. His resulting photographs are layered and complex, revealing the photographic process as a collaborative, focused encounter between artist and subject. Accompanying each photograph is a text by Reese that describes both the contributions of the sitters, including the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Gordon Parks, Lois Mailou Jones, B.B. King, and Eleanor Holmes Norton, and his own anecdotal reflections about making the photograph.

 

Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17 was organized by guest curator Christina Weyl for the Pollock-Krasner House in 2016. The presentation at the Zimmerli is coordinated by Nicole Simpson, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings. The exhibition is made possible by the donors to the Zimmerli’s Major Exhibition Fund: James and Kathrin Bergin; Alvin and Joyce Glasgold; Charles and Caryl Sills; Voorhees Family Endowment; and the Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Inc.—Stephen Cypen, President. The exhibition was also made possible by funds from the Pollock-Krasner Endowment and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese is organized by Kaitlin Booher, Graduate Fellow, Department of Art History, Rutgers University, with the assistance of Donna Gustafson, Curator of American Art and Mellon Director of Academic Programs. It is supported by the Estate of Ralph Voorhees and donors to the Zimmerli's Major Exhibition Fund: James and Kathrin Bergin; Alvin and Joyce Glasgold; Charles and Caryl Sills; Voorhees Family Endowment; and the 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 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.

 

VISITOR INFORMATION

Admission is free to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers. The 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.

 

The Zimmerli Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and select first Tuesdays of the month, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays, as well as the month of August.

 

PaparazZi Café is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items. The café is closed weekends and major holidays, as well as the months of July and August.

 

For more information, visit the museum’s website www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu or call 848.932.7237.

 

SUPPORT

The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts and the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the museum.

 

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