Save the Dates: Free Public Programs

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers presents two new programs that are free and open to the public: “Artists and Activism: A View from Behind the Gorilla Mask” on February 27 and “Reinventing Documentary Photography in the 1970s” on March 23 and 24. “Artists and Activism” welcomes two former members of the original Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous artists that formed in 1985 to expose inequality within the art world, who discuss their experiences carrying out that mission. The interdisciplinary symposium “Reinventing Documentary Photography” brings together a panel of art historians, curators, and artists to examine the standard narratives around the reemergence of documentary photography during the tumultuous decade of the 1970s. Both programs are free and open to the public; registration is required for the symposium. For more details, please visit


Artists and Activism: A View from Behind the Gorilla Mask,” beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, February 27, features two guest speakers who discuss their experiences with the Guerrilla Girls, artwork that has been inspired by the group’s mission, and the ongoing efforts of artists to bring attention to the inequality that persists in the art world, often reflecting the attitudes and trends of society at large. The event coincides with the Zimmerli’s new exhibition Guerrilla (And Other) Girls: Art/Activism/Attitude, which includes the group’s witty and incisive posters, on loan from the Rutgers University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, as well as works by women artists who have been aligned with the group’s mission, drawn mostly from the Zimmerli’s collection. From the beginning, the group has used humor and statistics to draw attention to the minimal representation of women and artists of color (and the frequent objectification of women in art) in museums and galleries. Over the 30 years of their history, the group has addressed issues such as gender, income inequality in the arts and in business, and the importance of funding for women’s health. Members assume the names of historic women artists and wear gorilla masks in public to conceal their identities, focusing on the issues rather than individuals (a practice the speakers observe). Please note that the talk takes place in Voorhees Hall 105, adjacent to the Zimmerli. A public reception follows in the museum lobby.


March 19: Music at the Museum features the program "Alma Latina," at 1:30pm, with musicians from the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division performing Spanish and Latin American compositions for piano, guitar, and voice. The concert is followed by the gallery talk "Printmaking and the New York Avant-Garde" at 3pm. Speakers Helen A. Harrison, Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, NY, and Christina Weyl, independent scholar and guest curator of the current exhibition Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17, discuss the important role that one printmaking studio played in changing the course of American art.


Reinventing Documentary Photography in the 1970s” explores the multiple ways that documentary work was rethought and contested during the decade, in both critical discourse and artistic practice. The program opens Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m., with keynote speaker Jorge Ribalta, who examined the topic in his recent exhibition Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism at Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofia. The symposium continues Friday, March 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., featuring international art historians, curators, and artists who rarely have had the opportunity to exchange research and ideas on this topic. The symposium aims to propel new scholarship on these artistic practices and the critical discourses they have generated. While art historians and curators from Europe have been rewriting these histories for several years, emerging and established art historians in the United States are just beginning to examine the era’s surprisingly diverse practices. For further details and registration, please visit the Developing Room website at On March 23, the keynote is preceded by a reception beginning at 5 p.m. On March 24, coffee and light refreshments are provided in the morning. A list of local dining options (including the café at the museum) will be provided for those attending to have lunch on their own. The symposium concludes with a reception. All programming (except lunch) takes place at the Zimmerli Art Museum.

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