Programs Accompany Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein Throughout Fall Semester

PLEASE NOTE: If you are attending the flim The Museum, presented by the Bildner Center, on September 25, click HERE to register your vehicle to park in a university lot.


This fall, the Zimmerli hosts the nationally touring exhibition Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, which highlights the untold story of the “Dimensionist Manifesto,” authored by Hungarian poet Charles Sirató in 1936 and calling for an artistic response to groundbreaking scientific discoveries that changed human understanding of the universe. On view through January 5, 2020, the exhibition features some 75 artworks by more than 36 artists.

Please Note: ** indicates program does NOT take place at the Zimmerli. Refer to host location's website for additional information and questions.

Hearing Out There: The James Brandon Lewis Trio in Conversation and Performance
Friday, September 27 / 4 to 6pm

Free and open to the public.

Join us for a performance and conversation with the tenor saxophone-led jazz trio, the James Brandon Lewis Trio. The trio’s new album An UnRuly Manifesto (2019) is an album dedicated to bassist Charlie Haden, saxophonist Ornette Coleman, and Surrealism.


Art After Hours: First Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 1 / 5 to 9pm

Free and open to the public.

The evening features curator-led tours of Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, live music from New Brunswick’s own Cold Weather Company, and  the mesmerizing science films of French filmmaker Jean Painlevé. Please visit the Art After Hours page for complete details, including important parking information.


Interdisciplinary Dimensions: A Rutgers Symposium
Friday, October 4 / 10am to 4:30pm

Free and open to the public.
Morning Panel (10am); Lunch & Tour Provided (12:15 to 1:45pm); Afternoon Panel (2pm)
Please RSVP here to guarantee your spot and reserve lunch.

Inspired by the traveling exhibition Dimensionsim: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, this all-day symposium looks at the exciting junctures of art and science, and more broadly, interdisciplinary work at the university. Artists, physicists, philosophers, mathematicians, and others, grapple with the topics of “Technology & Culture” and “Chance.” Moderated by Charles Keeton and Ellen Levy, the panels are composed of Rutgers faculty who embody these progressive approaches at our university. Audience participation is encouraged.

Organized by the Zimmerli Art Museum and faculty across the university with funding from the museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Endowment Fund. The morning panel organized in collaboration with Leonardo: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology and their LASER event.


Exclusive Autumn Members Celebration at the Zimmerli Art Museum
Saturday, October 12 / 5 to 7pm

The evening includes a private viewing of Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, and a special lecture by Vanja Malloy, Director and Chief Curator at the Syracuse University Art Museum and curator of Dimensionism. Cocktail reception follows. Must be a current member to attend. Join by calling 848.932.6771 or visit the membership page.


** "Charles Sirato’s Journey to the Dimensionist Manifesto and Beyond"
Tuesday, October 15 / 4:30pm
Murray Hall 302
Free and open to the public.

Art historian Oliver A. I. Botar looks at the life of Charles Sirató (aka Károly Tamkó Sirató), including his intellectual and artistic journey that leads to his drafting of the remarkable "Dimensionist Manifesto" in Paris in 1936. It was signed by such luminaries of the art world as Hans Arp, Sophie Taueber-Arp, Camille Bryen, César Domela, Ben Nicholson, Alexander Calder, Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Wassily Kandinsky, Katarzyna Kobro, Joan Miró, László Moholy-Nagy, Francis Picabia, and Enrico Prampolini. Among the topics of discussion are: Sirató’s intellectual background in Hungary, particularly the Hungarian literary and artistic avant-garde from around 1919 to 1930; his knowledge of Einstein’s conception of relativity and Minkowski’s related formulation of the space-time continuum; his contacts with members of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 1930s; and the project for a Dimensionist Movement, which failed to materialize due to Sirató’s health problems and the impending war. The talk ends with a brief look at the afterlife of the Manifesto and the effect that its virtual disappearance from the art historical record had on its author.

Organized by the Department of Art History, Rutgers University, and the Zimmerli Art Museum, with support from the Salgo Trust for Education.


**Mason Gross School of Arts & Design Undergraduate Annual Open
October 21 to November 6, 2019
Reception / Thursday, October 24 / 6 to 9pm
Civic Square Building

Please visit the MGSA calendar for details.

Art & Design undergraduates are invited to run with a central theme chosen by faculty for this show. Taking one of the central themes of Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein – envisioning the future – Mason Gross faculty have asked this generation of artists to grapple with utopic and dystopic visions of our future.

Organized by Mason Gross School of the Arts


Spanish Language Tour of Dimensionism | Tour en español del Dimensionismo
Sunday, November 3 / 2pm | domingo, 3 de noviembre / 2pm
Free | Gratis

Join us for a guided tour of Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, led in Spanish.

Acompáñenos en una visita guiada por Dimensionismo: El arte moderno en la era de Einstein, conducido en español.


**Film Screening: Particle Fever (2013)
Friday, November 15 / 10am Screening
Rutgers Cinema 

Please visit for details.

A documentary about the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, when physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time—or perhaps their greatest failure. Director Mark Levinson, a filmmaker with a PhD in physics, will appear for a post-screening Q&A.

Organized by Rutgers Filmmaking Center


Music at the Museum
Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein
Sunday, November 17 / 1:30 to 3:30pm [Please Note Date Change]
(Discussion: 1:30pm; Concert: 2pm; Tour: 3pm)
Free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Albert Einstein once said, “Mozart’s music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.” In his day, Einstein performed Mozart sonatas on the violin and played chamber music with professional musicians all over the world, inspiring many of his famous “thought experiments” leading to some of his most abstract and inspired theories. Featuring projections from the film Einstein’s Light, with a live soundtrack by Bruce Adolphe performed by Rutgers Community Arts (formerly Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division) faculty. Please visit the Concerts page for complete details about this series, including important parking information.


**Colloquium: "Surfaces and Essences"
Tuesday, February 11
Busch Campus, 152 Frelinghuysen Road, Psychology Room 105

Please visit the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science calendar for details.

Analogy is at the core of thinking. From this singular premise, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Doug Hofstadter and French psychologist Emmanuel Sander construct a broad argument that explains how analogies help us find order out of the chaos of the world. From the simplest forms to infinitely complex constructions, analogies are the tools our brains use to interpret and master daily life. These principles can be extracted to how we perceive and think about works of art.

Organized by The Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science


Artist Talk: Saya Woolfalk
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Reception / 4pm
Talk / 4:30pm

Free and open to the public.
Please visit the Institute for Research on Women calendar for details.

All are invited to the Zimmerli Art Museum for a talk with multimedia artist Saya Woolfalk, invited by the Institute for Research on Women as part of the university’s yearlong engagement with artists working at the nexus of art and science.

Organized by the Institute for Research on Women and the Zimmerli Art Museum


**Panel: "Beauty and the Brain"
Spring, 2020
Please visit the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science calendar for details.

How does our brain interpret and process beauty? How do each individual’s experiences interact with this process? We will get different perspectives in answering these questions from vision scientists to artists who will talk about art, beauty, and our experience with it. This will include a human perspective (how our brains are involved), as well a computer perspective (are there underlying algorithmic consistencies in what defines beauty).

Organized by The Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science

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