New Fall Series Features Gallery Talks, Films

October 8, 2013

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Launches New Fall Series of Talks and Films

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is pleased to announce a new series of talks and films, which are free with museum admission. Launched in September, “Insights: Gallery Talks,” a view of select artworks, meet on first Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. and second Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. “Films about Art and Artists” are screened on third Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. “These new programs encourage first-time and returning visitors to explore different aspects of the museum’s collections through the eyes of a variety of experts,” states Suzanne Delehanty, the Zimmerli’s director.

Insights: Gallery Talks” offers in-depth tours of select artworks led by Zimmerli curators, emerging scholars, graduate fellows, and distinguished docents. Tours begin in the lobby. On first Wednesdays, from 6 to 7 p.m., recently opened exhibitions are spotlighted: artist Diane Burko visits to present “Freeze Frame: Art and the Cryosphere,” in conjunction with her solo exhibition “Glacial Perspectives” (November 6); and Marilyn Symmes, Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator, provides a tour of Part Two of “Stars: Contemporary Prints by Derrière L'Étoile Studio” (December 4). Second Sundays, from 2 to 3 p.m., highlight: climate change and the sublime in “Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives” with curator Donna Gustafson (October 13); themes of freedom and repression in the Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art with docent Marcie Leff (November 10); and the secrets of early and late Renaissance works in the European collection with docent Linda Virtue (December 8). Tours are free with admission.

Films about Art and Artists” are screened every third Sunday of the month from 3 to 4 p.m. During the fall, selections from the critically acclaimed PBS series “Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century” feature insightful interviews with major contemporary artists, several of whom have works on view in the Zimmerli’s exhibition, “Derriere L’Etoile.” Episodes include: “Identity,” with Louise Bourgeois, Maya Lin, Kerry James Marshall, and Bruce Nauman (October 20); “Balance,” with Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, and Sarah Sze (November 17): and “Power,” with Laylah Ali, Ida Applebroog, Cai Guo Qiang, and Krysztof Wodiczko (December 15). “Films about Art and Artists” are free with museum admission.


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’s operations, exhibitions, and program are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment, and the Voorhees Family Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and 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.


Museum 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.

Z Café featuring the Food Architects is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items. 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:


Who to contact: