Revisit Rachel During Art After Hours in June

May 21, 2012


New Brunswick, NJ – What happens when daily life meddles with the creative process? Or vice versa? Attend a curator’s talk to examine what artist Robert Rauschenberg famously described as acting in “the gap between art and life” during Art After Hours on Wednesday, June 6, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The evening also includes an exhibition tour of Rachel Perry Welty: 24/7 and a performance by local band Blithe (doll). 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 June program begins with a 5:30 p.m. docent-led tour of Rachel Perry Welty: 24/7, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, which addresses the effects of compulsive consumerism and information overload on our lives with humorous commentary. At 6:15 p.m., Donna Gustafson, the Zimmerli’s Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, elaborates on what Welty has termed “the business of living” within the larger context of contemporary art. Welty's explorations build on the tradition of artists who, since the mid-20th century, have produced images of everyday life, performed everyday actions, and experimented with new media. Welty transforms such traditional media as drawing, photography, and sculpture by using objects that – often unnoticed – accumulate around us as her materials. The artist continues her efforts to eliminate some of her own clutter with Deaccession Project, which she began in 2005 by discarding and documenting the removal of a single object from her household every day. She has photographed and noted the fate of each item, creating a chronological grid with her “records” and periodically adding new ones to the Zimmerli installation, which has grown to nearly 2400 images since 24/7 opened in February.

The Zimmerli welcomes New Brunswick band Blithe (doll), taking the stage for two sets, beginning at 7 and 8 p.m. Blithe (doll) is the latest collaboration between artists James and Lisa Woodley, who blend their collective non-conformist punk ethos with experimental electronic music and electronic dance genres to create music that is at once avant-garde and accessible. This live electronic group uses synthesizers, acoustic drums, samples, and powerful vocals to create music that ranges from dark and introspective to up-tempo and innovative. The duo finds musical inspiration everywhere, from a collection of mid-century TV lamps to a single synthesizer sound. Blithe (doll) currently is recording their debut album A Waste of the Person You Are, available this summer. Learn more about the band and listen to some of their tracks at

The Museum Store features 20% off all purchases and a free CD music sampler to the first ten visitors.  Please note that due to the July 4 holiday, the next Art After Hours takes place on the second Wednesday, July 11, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Rachel Perry Welty: 24/7 is on view through July 15, 2012. This exhibition and related programs at the Zimmerli are made possible in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation with support from an endowment established by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and donors to the Zimmerli’s Annual Exhibition Fund: Benefactor/Estate of Donald L. Mahan; Sustainer/Voorhees Family Endowment; Supporter/Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Inc. – Stephen Cypen, President.


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 nineteenth-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 programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; 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; Johnson & Johnson; and the 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.

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. Please note that because of the July 4 holiday, the Zimmerli remains open late on Wednesday, July 11, 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, ext. 610, or visit the museum’s website:


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