Spend an Afternoon in Venice at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

October 18, 2011

New Brunswick, NJ – Venetian Hours: A Day of Art and Music brings the ambiance of Venezia to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers on Sunday, October 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. In conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Two Venetian Masters, the afternoon includes a lecture by art historian William Barcham and a performance by pianist Juana Zayas. Tickets are $10 for Zimmerli members and $15 for nonmembers. For the lecture only, tickets are $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers. Tickets are free to Rutgers students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are available in advance at the front desk or by calling 732.932.7237, ext. 640.

At 2 p.m., William Barcham, retired Professor of Art History at the Fashion Institute of Technology, discusses Venetian art during the 18th century. A specialist in Italian art, particularly in Venice from the 16th through 18th centuries, Dr. Barcham is the author of books about Canaletto and Giambattista Tiepolo, as well as a biography of Federico Cornaro, an important patron of sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. He was the co-curator and catalogue co-author with Catherine Puglisi, professor and chair of the Department of Art History at Rutgers, of the exhibition Passion in Venice: Crivelli to Tintoretto and Veronese, which was presented at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York earlier this year.

At 3:30 p.m., enjoy a performance by the legendary Juana Zayas. Ranked above Cortot and Ashkenazy by the International Piano Quarterly, the Cuban-born pianist began to pick out folk tunes on the keyboard by ear at two years old. At age eleven, she graduated from the Peyrellade Conservatory of Music in Havana and left Cuba to attend the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris. She eventually moved to England and then New York to continue her studies. In 1977, Ms. Zayas gave her debut recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. She currently performs internationally and has recorded a variety of classical albums, including this year’s Soirée Italienne.

The afternoon includes light refreshments at 3 p.m. and an opportunity to visit Two Venetian Masters: Canaletto and Domenico Tiepolo Etchings from the Arthur Ross Foundation, presents a selection of rarely seen etchings by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768) and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), who made Venice an artistic capital during the eighteenth century. The exhibition pairs Canaletto’s only major printmaking endeavor—a series of landscape views—with etchings of expressive heads by Tiepolo.

Two Venetian Masters and related programs are made possible by the Arthur Ross Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the IFPDA Foundation, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and donors to the Zimmerli’s Annual Exhibition Fund. The exhibition is on view through January 8, 2012.


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 avant-garde material; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints, as well as original illustrations for children’s books. 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. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.

General admission is $6 for adults; $5 for adults over 65; and free for museum members, Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18. 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: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu


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