Where Modern Life and Art Intersect: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

January 11, 2012

New Brunswick, NJ – Join artist Rachel Perry Welty during Art After Hours on Wednesday, February 1, at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, to celebrate the opening of her first solo exhibition, 24/7. The evening also features an exhibition tour and a performance by local band Cotton. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for adults over 65, and free for museum members, as well as Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18.

Join a tour of Rachel Perry Welty 24/7, led by Kate Scott, PhD candidate in art history at Rutgers University and graduate curatorial assistant at the Zimmerli, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Also hear from the artist firsthand, as Welty sits down with Donna Gustafson, the Zimmerli’s Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, to discuss her work, from 6:15 to 7 p.m. in the Lower Dodge Gallery. The 25 works created over the last ten years document what Welty calls the “business of living,” examining the effects of consumerism and information overload on our daily lives. Welty infuses such traditional media as drawing, photography, and sculpture with contemporary objects that – often unnoticed – accumulate around us: twist ties, fruit stickers, aluminum foil, receipts. She also has documented projects that incorporate technological developments of the past two decades, including the answering machine, digital photography, social media, the iPhone, and…karaoke. At first, her eye-catching designs and performances seem to be only humorous commentary; but when contemplated more closely, the viewer begins to recognize deeper issues of anxiety, compulsion, and inundation. The exhibition opens January 28, following a photo spread by Welty that appeared in the December issue of Vogue, and is on view at the Zimmerli through July 8.

The Zimmerli Student Advisory Board (ZSAB) welcomes local rock band Cotton, taking the stage from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. in the Lower Dodge Gallery, in support of their debut album In The Basement. Central New Jersey natives Brandon Broderick, Leo Kalik (both on guitar and vocals), Andrew Saunders (drums), and John Aponte (bass) have been focusing on their songwriting. They seek to “speak truthfully…from the heart” when reaching out to their audience. The band’s set list highlights their original work, with a few covers of favorite rock classics. Cotton regularly performs in the New Brunswick area (Broderick and Saunders are Rutgers graduates), as well as New York City and Philadelphia, and their album is available at www.cottonband.com.

The Museum Store features 20% off all purchases and complimentary Zimmerli coasters (one set of four per party) until 8:30 p.m. Café Z is open until 9 p.m. with sandwiches and snacks available for purchase.

Rachel Perry Welty 24/7 was co-organized by Nick Capasso, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Lexi Lee Sullivan, Koch Curatorial Fellow. The exhibition debuted at the deCordova in January of 2011. The presentation at the Zimmerli is organized by Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator and Kate Scott, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, Rutgers University.

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 avant-garde material; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. 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.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for adults over 65; and free for museum members, as well as 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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