Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Presents Perestroika, Photography, and Poetry

September 22, 2011

New Brunswick, NJ – Art After Hours returns on Wednesday, October 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, with a reception for the exhibition Cast Me Not Away: Soviet Photography in the 1980s from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, a screening of the 2009 film Perestroika, and student poetry readings. Art After Hours is the popular evening social series held on the first Wednesday of each month, 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 Dr. Julia Tulovsky, Associate Curator for Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, begins in the lobby at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Lower Dodge Gallery from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Cast Me Not Away presents more than 50 photographs by 18 artists who captured life as it was for ordinary Soviet people during the 1980s, just prior to the downfall of the communist system. These images showcase universal themes of human existence such as childhood, love, family, and youth rebellion. The show’s title is inspired by Vladimir Kupriyanov’s Cast Me Not Away from Your Presence, a large-scale image of workers of varying demeanors on the threshold of a new, uncertain future. This powerful work is a new acquisition made possible by the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund. The exhibition is on view through November 13, 2011.

A screening of Perestroika begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Max Multipurpose Room. Shot on location in Moscow, the film tells the story of astrophysicist Sasha Greenberg who returns to his native Russia in 1992 after spending 17 years in exile. The entire society is in upheaval during the period of “Perestroika” (which, translated into English, means restructuring) and, in the midst of all the turmoil, Sasha is expected to deliver a theory that makes sense of our universe. A Q&A session with the film’s director, Slava Tsukerman, follows the screening.

The Zimmerli Student Advisory Board will host a coffeehouse-style student poetry reading with an open mic in the Lower Dodge Gallery from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Email ZimmerliStudentBoard@gmail.com to sign up; amateurs and professionals are welcome. Coffee and cookies will be served.

The Museum Store will feature 20% off all purchases, as well as a free gift (while supplies last) for visitors to the shop. Café Z will remain open until 9 p.m. with sandwiches and snacks available for purchase.

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’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. Cast Me Not Away is supported by the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund.

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, September through June, 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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