Now Available on ARTstor: Groundbreaking Images from Dodge Collection

January 3, 2013

Now Available on ARTstor: Groundbreaking Images from Dodge Collection

at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ –The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is pleased to announce that more than 250 images from its renowned Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union are available to view around the world through the ARTstor Digital Library at Among the pioneering artists represented are Grisha Bruskin, Eric Bulatov, Ilya Kabakov, Vitaly Komar, Alexander Melamid, Irina Nakhova, and Leonid Sokov.

“It is astounding how far technology has brought us,” observes Suzanne Delehanty, director of the Zimmerli. “When many of these artists created this work, some as recently as 25 years ago, they were forced to do so elusively, with the possibility that no one would ever see it. Now, it is accessible to millions of people – and on every continent – with a few mouse clicks.”

The Dodge Collection is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world. It documents the creative activities of underground artists in the Soviet Union who courageously broke away from Socialist Realism, the official artistic style of the communist regime. With works in all media, the collection spans the late 1950s to late 1980s—from the initiation of the underground movement during Khruschev’s cultural thaw to Gorbachev’s perestroika and the downfall of the Soviet Union.

The late Norton T. Dodge, an economist and Sovietologist, singlehandedly assembled the collection during two decades of travel to and from the Soviet Union during the 1950s and 1960s, in the process saving countless works from destruction. In 1991, Dr. Dodge and his wife Nancy Ruyle Dodge donated more than 20,000 works of art, by nearly a thousand artists, to the Zimmerli.

Delehanty adds, “The timing is perfect as the Zimmerli prepares to present ‘Ironic Objects,’ the first museum exhibition in the U.S. devoted to Leonid Sokov.” The exhibition, which opens January 26, includes 80 works from the Dodge and private collections, many on view for the first time. “A visitor at the museum can share the experience of viewing Sokov’s ‘Lenin and Giacometti’ sculpture with a family member or friend who lives across the country.”

ARTstor’s mission is to work with the international community to build an online image library and to use digital technology to enhance teaching and research. Initiated by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2001, ARTstor has been an independent nonprofit organization since 2003 and a live service since July 2004.

The ARTstor Digital Library makes available more than 1.4 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from outstanding museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, and artists. Today, 1,400 educational institutions and museums in more than 40 countries conduct their teaching, research, and scholarship with our high-resolution images and sophisticated online workspace and tools.


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 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.


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., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 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:


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