New Year's Resolution: Experience Art!

Updated January 5, 2015


Need a Break from the Cold Outside? Warm Up at the Zimmerli!


New Brunswick, NJ – This winter, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers offers a diverse schedule of programs and events for all interests. Catch up on current exhibitions or relax at a variety of musical performances. Activities take place at the Zimmerli, located at 71 Hamilton Street in New Brunswick, on the Rutgers University College Avenue campus. Admission to the museum and all activities is free. For more details, visit


Kick off 2015 at Art After Hours: First Tuesdays by stopping in on the first Tuesday of the year, January 6. The evening includes a curator-led tour of the new exhibition 2X: Paintings, Pairs, Twins, and Diptychs, as well as the galleries that showcase George Segal and Abstraction in Sculpture, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The tour is immediately followed by the next selection in the Big Ten: Art series, which spotlights one intriguing work of art from the collection each month. The New Brunswick Jazz Project presents vocalist Najwa Parkins, joined by Dan Hanrahan (guitar), Chris Simonini (organ), and Kevin Ripley (drums). A graduate of the Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, Parkins frequently performs throughout the greater Philadelphia region and has appeared at jazz festivals in the Hague and Detroit. Her album Not the Next Someone Else features jazz standards and her original compositions. The quartet performs two sets, beginning at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Art After Hours takes place from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., featuring free admission and complimentary refreshments. To learn more, visit


The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra brings its salon series to the Zimmerli in the new year. The first performance takes place on Sunday, January 11, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Musical selections are interspersed with wine, cheese, and conversation, inviting guests to chat with the musicians about what inspires them and the process behind their art. Future performances begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, and Friday, May 8. Admission is free for the salon series.


The Music at the Museum concert series also continues in 2015. Students from the Mason Gross Extension Division present their recitals on Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18. These family-friendly weekend concerts are organized by the Extension Division and hosted by the Zimmerli Art Museum. Admission is free for the concerts, but seating is limited. For the complete schedule, visit


2X: Paintings, Pairs, Twins, and Diptychs spotlights five large-scale contemporary works, both loans and from the permanent collection, that examine the concept of doubling. In Western art, interest in the double has a long history, beginning with depictions of Narcissus and his reflection. In modern and contemporary art, artists have incorporated the double (or copy) for a variety of purposes: to juxtapose two states of mind or matter; to complicate notions of time and place; to explore the multiplicity of identity; or even to allude to the moral implications of cloning. These thought-provoking paintings by David Diao, Fariba Hajamadi, Joan Snyder, and Martin Wong is on view through July 31, 2015. 



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.



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 the first Tuesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays, as well as the month of August.


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 café is closed major holidays, as well as the months of July and August.


For more information, visit the museum’s website or call 848.932.7237.



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, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the museum.


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