TONIGHT: Kick Off 2013 at Art After Hours with Mason Gross Professor Jeff Friedman, Presenting “Dance as Drawing: The Arts of Trisha Brown”

December 6, 2012

Start the New Year with Art

at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ – Kick off 2013 at Art After Hours on Wednesday, January 2, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The event spotlights “Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists” with an exhibition tour, followed by a dynamic presentation with Mason Gross professor Jeff Friedman about innovative choreographer, dancer, and visual artist Trisha Brown. 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 January program begins with a 5:30 p.m. docent-led tour of “Art=Text=Art” (which closes January 6). This major exhibition spotlights more than 100 American works on paper, created between 1960 and 2012, selected from the internationally respected collection of Sally and Wynn Kramarsky, noted New York collectors of modern and contemporary drawings. Juxtaposing both the verbal and the visual aspects of individual words, passages of text, numbers, and symbols, these works prompt insights into wide-ranging subjects. Two of Trisha Brown’s works – “Drawing for Pyramid” and “Untitled” (both 1975) – are included in the exhibition; these exemplify a form of systematic mental exercise that are essential for Brown's creative process in dance.

The Zimmerli welcomes Jeff Friedman to present “Dance as Drawing: The Arts of Trisha Brown,” a lecture and dance demonstration that explores her fascination with movement of both the body and the graphic line, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Trisha Brown came to public notice in the 1960s and became a leading figure in American postmodernist dance as she pushed beyond the boundaries of traditional ballet and the original "classical" modernist choreography of such pioneers as Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey, among others. In Friedman’s contribution to the “Art=Text=Art” audio tour, he describes how, around 1970, Brown created art that encouraged viewers to actively engage in open aesthetic dialogues, rather than passively observe. Using movements that were either athletic or from everyday walking motions, Brown invited audiences to interpret her works as open and unlocked "signs" in ways that were relevant to their daily experiences. To achieve this goal, she promoted the perspective of “art in the first function,” that art materials, as well as the body, are sufficient, in and as themselves, for conveying meaning without added narrative or figural representations.

Jeff Friedman, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts and leading dance scholar, also crosses the boundaries of cultural disciplines. He has performed and taught internationally, with research interests in oral history theory and methodology, narrative, phenomenology, and Futurist photography. With a professional degree in architecture, Friedman specializes in the creation of multidisciplinary site-specific performance events. He also founded Legacy, an oral history project that originated in the San Francisco Bay Area dance community and is used as a model for documenting dance history throughout the world. Since arriving at Rutgers in 2003, Friedman has choreographed six original or reconstructed historical works for the university’s main-stage theater, under the auspices of the Dance Department, as well as contributed numerous journal articles and book chapters for publications in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Korea and New Zealand.

Complimentary light refreshments are available and the Museum Store features 20% off all purchases. Please note the museum is closed December 24, 25, and January 1.

“Art=Text=Art” was organized by the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia, and curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions, University of Richmond Museums, with Rachel Nackman, Curator, Kramarsky Collection, New York. The presentation at the Zimmerli, overseen by Marilyn Symmes, has been expanded to include a dozen additional works from the Kramarsky Collection, as well as loans of eight drawings that the Kramarskys have donated to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

The exhibition and related programs at the Zimmerli are made possible in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and donors to the Zimmerli’s Annual Exhibition Fund: Sustainer/ Voorhees Family Endowment and 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 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., 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.

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 or visit the museum’s website:


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