Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Launches Fall Schedule with Art After Hours

August 30, 2011

New Brunswick, NJ – Art After Hours returns on Wednesday, September 7, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, to celebrate the opening of Two Venetian Masters: Canaletto and Domenico Tiepolo Etchings from the Arthur Ross Foundation and offer a broader view of Venice, Italy.  Art After Hours is the popular evening social series held on First Wednesdays from September through July, inviting visitors to explore the galleries, as well as enjoy a variety of related entertainment.  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.

An exhibition tour with the curator begins in the lobby at 5:30 p.m.  Two Venetian Masters presents 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 is on view September 6, 2011, through January 8, 2012.

Actors in Venetian Carnival costume from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts will greet visitors on the terrace from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bella Mandolins, descendents of the original Piccolo Vagabonde guitar and mandolin group, will perform traditional Italian music from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. In the Lower Dodge Gallery, coLAB Arts and the New Brunswick Theater Festival will present an irreverent look at one of Shakespeare's darker comedies, The Merchant of Venice, with two very different actors playing every character, from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

The Museum Store will feature new merchandise and 20% off all purchases. Café Z will feature a themed menu item available for purchase. Free refreshments also will be available, including Italian ices served on the terrace.

ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM

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.

SUPPORT

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. Two Venetian Masters and related programs are made possible by the Arthur Ross Foundation, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the donors to the Zimmerli’s Annual Exhibition Fund, and the IFPDA Foundation.

LOCATION AND HOURS

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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