Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Explores Venetian Traditions with a Twist

November 23, 2011

New Brunswick, NJ – Venice’s influence on contemporary art highlights Art After Hours on Wednesday, December 7, from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring Venetian vocalist Gudrun Buehler, the film Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, and holiday cookie decorating at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers. 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.

Gudrun Buehler and the Anna Mantovani VocalDance Company, which she founded and directs, infuse the tradition of Bel Canto (“beautiful singing”) with drama and movement, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Dodge Gallery. A world-renowned soprano, Ms. Buehler, who also has studied theatre and dance, combines her talents to create unique interpretations of traditional Baroque arias. Rather than simply sing a list of compositions in concert form, she has composed a narrative around each aria. Michele Farbman, Barbara Grizer, Hyojing Park, Franco Moschetti, and Tom Schubert accompany Ms. Buehler in bringing to life original characters and intriguing vignettes.      

An exhibition tour of Two Venetian Masters: Canaletto and Domenico Tiepolo Etchings from the Arthur Ross Foundation with Christine Giviskos, Associate Curator of European Art, begins at 5:30 p.m. The 35-minute film Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Max Multipurpose Room, examines the culture – and business – that developed around the highly detailed paintings of cityscapes and vistas called vedute that are featured in the exhibition. During the mid-18th century, English aristocrats increased demand for these works from Venice, a city on the Grand Tour of Europe. The popularity sparked a rivalry among Caneletto and such gifted, but often overlooked, painters as Carlevarijs, Marieschi, Guardi, and Bellotto. On-location footage of Venice includes the interior of a private home with a casino – a model for modern-day gambling establishments – where art deals in 18th-century Venice were brokered. The film also visits Woburn Abbey in England, where twenty-one of Canaletto’s paintings purchased for the manor in the 1700s remain on public display. This documentary accompanied an exhibition of the same name at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the National Gallery, London.

A holiday tradition continues throughout the evening, as visitors are invited to decorate cookies in the lobby. Adorn a modest snowman in sprinkles or recreate your favorite painting from a palette of frosting. All supplies are provided.

The Museum Store features a drawing for the unframed print Geese at Sunset, by artist Lynn Hyman Butler (value: $1200), as well as 20% off all purchases on December 7 and 25% off purchases of $150 or more through December 20. Café Z is open until 9 p.m. with sandwiches and snacks available for purchase.

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.

Art After Hours is the popular eclectic evening series held on the first Wednesday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Zimmerli, inviting visitors to explore the galleries, as well as enjoy a variety of entertainment.


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.

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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