July 10: Art After Hours Spotlights New Exhibition of Children’s Book Illustrations

June 27, 2013

Specially Scheduled Art After Hours on July 10 Celebrates New Exhibition of

Children’s Book Illustrations at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University invites families to explore its eclectic series Art After Hours on Wednesday, July 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening offers a curator-led tour of the new exhibition “Maples in the Mist: Chinese Poems for Children Illustrated by Jean & Mou-sien Tseng” and a performance by the band Cancion Franklin. 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). Please note that due to the July 4th holiday, Art After Hours takes place on the second Wednesday of the month.

The evening begins with a 5:30 p.m. tour of “Maples in the Mist: Chinese Poems for Children Illustrated by Jean & Mou-sien Tseng,” led by Marilyn Symmes, Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Zimmerli. The Tsengs’ vibrant illustrations enchant children – and the young at heart – with timeless insights about the world’s wonders. Many Chinese children have learned to read by reciting poetry. This repertoire of simpler poems by some of the most celebrated poets of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) has been particularly popular since the 18th century. These poems were translated into English by Minfong Ho, who sought to engage her children and other readers with China’s traditions. Each image in the exhibition is accompanied by the poem that inspired it.

Cancion Franklin returns to the Zimmerli for two 45-minute sets, beginning at 7 and 8 p.m. This blues-rock trio plays throughout New York City and northern New Jersey, most recently at the popular Bar 4 in Brooklyn. Lead singer and guitarist Cancion Franklin, who grew up in Tucson, Arizona, taught himself to sing and play guitar. He also writes songs for the band. Ryan Smith, from New York City, is an accomplished drummer, saxophonist, and composer. Bassist Stephen Greenberg also produced and engineered the band’s new record. Learn more at http://cancionfranklin.com.

The Museum Store continues the final weeks of its clearance sale with 75% off most merchandise. Z Café, featuring the Food Architects, remains open late with sandwiches, salads, and snacks available for purchase. Zimmerli members receive a 10% discount at the Z Café.

“Maples in the Mist: Chinese Poems for Children Illustrated by Jean & Mou-sien Tseng” is on view July 10, 2013, through June 22, 2014. The exhibition is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (please note: the Zimmerli is closed the month of August). To reserve a class or group tour Tuesday through Sunday, please contact the Education Department at education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu or 848.932.6766, at least two weeks in advance. The exhibition was organized by Marilyn Symmes, Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator of Prints and Drawings, with Beth McKeown, former Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings. The Tsengs donated their illustrations to the Zimmerli Art Museum in 1998.

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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