March Blows in Like a...Fluxus at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

February 29, 2012

New Brunswick, NJ – Cabaret from Dada to Fluxus and Beyond explores the influence of iconic urban hotspots on artists from the late-19th century to the present during two signature events at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers on Wednesday, March 7. The afternoon symposium and Art After Hours activities are free with museum admission, which is $6 for adults, $5 for adults over 65, and free for museum members, as well as Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18.

A tribute to the incubators of the avant-garde, Cabaret from Dada to Fluxus and Beyond begins with a symposium, from 1 to 4 p.m., which explores the culture and energy found in Europe’s cabarets and cafés during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Such venues as the Chat Noir in Paris, the Stray Dog in St. Petersburg, the Kadeco in Berlin, and the infamous Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich functioned as creative laboratories for artists, journalists, political figures, and the general public, igniting some of the most radical artistic movements of this era. Moderators Alfredo Franco, Curator of Education, and Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, welcome Rutgers art history professor Andres Zervigon to discuss “The Din of Dada and the Crash of Fluxus” and Associate Curator of European Art Christine Giviskos to examine “Montmartre is the Center of the World: The Art of French Cabaret at the Zimmerli Art Museum.” In addition, artist Rachel Perry Welty, whose solo exhibition 24/7 is on view at the Zimmerli, addresses the use of Twitter and Facebook as performance space in “Cyberspace Cabaret." This symposium is free with museum admission, but space is limited and reservations are required by calling 732.932.7237, ext. 615. A reception follows from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

The invigorating cabaret atmosphere extends into Art After Hours. The evening begins with a docent-led tour of at/around/beyond: Fluxus at Rutgers at 5:30 p.m. With more than 60 works – from assemblages to films – the exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first official Fluxus festival in 1962 and the movement’s historic ties to the university. At 6:30 p.m., Gudrun Buehler revives early twentieth-century German and French cabaret songs. A world-renowned soprano, Buehler is regarded as one of the premier singers of German Lieder (“art song”). Meagan Woods and her dance company evoke the spirit of early Modernism, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Inspired by choreographers Mary Wigman and Rudolf von Laban, who revolutionized movement during the first half of the twentieth century, the troupe circulates through the galleries – to the dynamic recording of F.T. Marinetti’s reading of his seminal 1912 poem, “The Battle of Adrianopoli” – on a journey from Modernism in Europe to Fluxus in America. Woods, a Mason Gross graduate, has been commissioned for her choreography by organizations throughout the region; her company currently is in residence at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. She also appears as a lead performer in filmmaker Orit Ben-Shitrit’s latest work, Vive le Capital.

The Museum Store features 20% off all purchases and complimentary Zimmerli coasters (one set of four per party) until 8:30 p.m.


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 avant-garde material; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. 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 for Cabaret from Dada to Fluxus and Beyond has been provided from an endowment established by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Phillip Dennis Cate Program Fund.

The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; 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; Johnson & Johnson; and the donors, members, and friends of the museum.


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 adults over 65; and free for museum members, as well as Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18. 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:


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