New Jersey Premiere of Lynd Ward Documentary at Art After Hours on December 5

November 12, 2012

NJ Premiere of Lynd Ward Documentary

at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ – Art After Hours spotlights graphic novel pioneer Lynd Ward with a reception for the exhibition “Lynd Ward Draws Stories: Inspired by Mexico’s History, Mark Twain, and Adventures in the Woods,” on Wednesday, December 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The evening includes an exhibition tour, a screening of the film “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward,” and the annual holiday cookie decorating celebration. 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).

Art After Hours is the eclectic evening series held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Zimmerli. The December program begins with a 5:30 p.m. tour of “Lynd Ward Draws Stories,” led by Marilyn Symmes, Director, Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator of Prints and Drawings, with Beth McKeown, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings. The exhibition pays tribute to one of America’s great illustrators of the 20th century. A gifted artist-storyteller, Ward (1905-85) illustrated more than 100 books, most of them for children and young adults. Featured in the exhibition are captivating original and printed illustrations selected from the Zimmerli’s extensive permanent collection. Among the highlights are 21 of Ward's vivid original illustrations for "A Mexican Story" (1953), as well as two of his masterful drawings for "The Biggest Bear" (1952), which brought Ward the prestigious Caldecott Medal. In addition, Ward was a prolific draftsman and printmaker, particularly in wood engraving, and he pioneered the American graphic novel without text, which he called a “novel in woodcuts” for adults. His earliest books, “Gods’ Man” (1929) and “Mad Man’s Drum” (1930), exemplify this genre and also are on display in the exhibition.

At 6:30 p.m., the Zimmerli hosts the New Jersey premiere of “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward,” a 2012 documentary by independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films, based in Connecticut. This 90-minute film, the first about Ward’s fascinating life and career, provides insights into the artist’s printmaking mastery. It includes interviews with his daughter, Robin Ward Savage, and recently rediscovered footage of Ward at work in 1937. A conversation follows with Mr. Maglaras (writer, director, and narrator of the film), who has remarked, “Lynd Ward was an artist of great gifts and, as a man of conscience, was committed to the portrayal of the human condition. Lynd Ward’s story is the story of America in the 20th century.” Further information is available at www.two17films.com.

A holiday tradition continues throughout the evening, as visitors are invited to decorate cookies. Adorn a modest snowman in sprinkles or recreate your favorite painting from a palette of frosting. All supplies are provided.

The Museum Store celebrates with the annual Holiday Boutique, offering 25% off all purchases over $150 from November 20 to December 23. The shop also features 20% off all other purchases and a free note card with purchases of $25 or more on December 5. Complimentary light refreshments are available.

“Lynd Ward Draws Stories: Inspired by Mexico’s History, Mark Twain, and Adventures in the Woods,” organized by Marilyn Symmes, Director, Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator of Prints and Drawings, with Beth McKeown, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, was based in part on work by Gail Aaron, former Assistant Curator for Children’s Illustrations at the Zimmerli. These Lynd Ward children’s book illustrations were donated by May McNeer Ward to Rutgers on her husband’s behalf; in 1985 the Rutgers University Libraries transferred them to the Zimmerli Art Museum.

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 University 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, 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 732.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

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