Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers: Exhibitions Through Summer 2012


Two Venetian Masters:  Canaletto and Domenico Tiepolo Etchings from the Arthur Ross Foundation

September 6, 2011 to January 8, 2012

This exhibition presents etchings by Canaletto (Antonio Canal, 1697-1768) and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), two of the great Italian artists who made Venice an artistic capital during the eighteenth century. Pairing Canaletto’s only major printmaking endeavor—a series of landscape views—with etchings of expressive heads by Domenico Tiepolo, the exhibition draws largely from the collection of the Arthur Ross Foundation, New York.

at/around/beyond: Fluxus at Rutgers, 1962-1984 

September 24, 2011 to April 1, 2012

Fluxus celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012.  A radical, experimental, and multimedia art movement of the mid-twentieth century that continues to influence contemporary art, Fluxus focuses on the unpredictable, ordinary, and ephemeral moments of everyday life.  Rutgers was an important center of Fluxus activity in the early 1960s and 1970s.  This exhibition focuses on the university’s legacy as a center of experimental art.

In the Search of an Absolute: Art of Valery Yurlov

December 3, 2011 to June 3, 2012

Moscow artist Valery Yurlov (born 1932) worked in the ‘60s and ‘70s when Soviet nonconformist artists were forming movements and grouping into collectives.  Yurlov worked alone, beyond the confines of politics and ideologies, his work standing out as one of the earliest examples of geometric analytical abstraction within Soviet nonconformist art. This exhibition continues a series of one-man shows devoted to early nonconformist artists.

Rachel Perry Welty: 24/7

January 28 to July 1, 2012

Rachel Perry Welty is a Boston-based conceptual artist who creates humorous, beautifully crafted, process-based work on the subject of life in the twenty-first century.  Addressing issues that include consumerism and the cycle of purchasing, collecting and eventual purging, as well as social networking, information overload, narcissism, language and time, she uses fruit stickers, restaurant take-out containers, messages left on her answering machine, medical records, toys, and email spam as materials for her art.

Aspects of Architecture: The Prints of John Taylor Arms

April 14 to July 31, 2012

John Taylor Arms (1897-1953), an American etcher who specialized in the depiction of architecture, created prints that astonished viewers with his extraordinary skill in capturing detail. Originally an architect and a great admirer of Gothic architecture, Arms began in 1923 his ambitious project of documenting Europe's major churches through a series of prints. Selected from the Zimmerli’s collection, this exhibition features twenty-six prints dating between 1919 and 1940. 


Mystics and Moderns: Painting in Estonia before Glasnost

Through Oct. 23, 2011           

Estonia's capital city, Tallinn, became an important center for underground art in the late 1960s.  Turning to painting, artists reclaimed this medium from official Socialist Realism, reviving the European, painterly origins of Estonia's avant-garde past.  They adapted Pop, Conceptualism, hard-edge abstraction and Minimalism to a unique culture of nationalist opposition to Soviet power. This show draws on rarely-seen works from the Dodge Collection to celebrate that opposition.

Cast Me Not Away: Soviet Photography in the 1980s from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection

Through November 13, 2011 

This exhibition of 54 images offers a photographic portrait of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. It presents life as it was and showcases universal themes of human existence such as childhood, love, family, and rebellion of youth in the atmosphere of a very particular era. Cast Me Not Away presents a visual record of Soviet life just before this society, closed for decades, opened up to the rest of the world.

Popcorn & Starbaby: Children’s Book Illustrations by Frank Asch

Through June 24, 2012

Popcorn and Starbaby, two captivating series of original children’s book illustrations by Frank Asch, are featured in this exhibition. An early Frank Asch “Bear Book,” Popcorn is about Sam Bear hosting an impromptu Halloween party when his parents are out.  Starbaby is a delightful bedtime story about a boy who lives in the sky.  Asch is a noted author and illustrator of over sixty-five children’s books, poetry, juvenile non-fiction and children’s novels. 


A number of educational programs for adults, families, and schools accompany these exhibitions. For more information on public programs, please contact the education department at 732.932.7237, extension 615 or visit the museum’s website at www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu


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 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 one of the nation’s premier public research universities.


The Zimmerli Art Museum’s exhibitions and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the donors, members, and friends of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street (corner of George Street) on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the New Jersey Transit train station in New Brunswick, situated midway between New York City and Philadelphia.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Saturday – Sunday, noon to 5 pm; first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 am to 9 pm. 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, 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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