Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Welcomes New Year with Modern Sights and Sounds

December 20, 2011

New Brunswick, NJ – Chill out at Art After Hours on Wednesday, January 4, at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers. The evening offers an exhibition tour of Abstraction in Sculpture, a jazz concert with the Vanessa Perea Band presented by The New Brunswick Jazz Project, and The Art of Paper Cutouts and Design activity. 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 docent-led tour of Abstraction in Sculpture, beginning at 5:30 p.m., which explores a broad range of styles in three-dimensional pieces from the second half of the twentieth century. While the works are non-representational, some allude to landscapes and forces in nature; others suggest rhythm, movement, and the importance of chance as a discovery process. Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, the installation includes such artists as Jean Arp, John Goodyear, Louise Nevelson, and Alan Saret.

The Vanessa Perea Band performs American and Brazilian jazz standards from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., with a second set from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m., in the Lower Dodge Gallery. Joining vocalist Vanessa Perea are Billy Test on piano, Tom DiCarlo on bass, Evan Sherman on drums, and special guest Robert Edwards on trombone. At only 24 years old, this New Jersey native possesses a rare ability to sing diverse styles. Perea is strong in the tradition of the masters, but also introduces original lyrics and fresh interpretations of popular compositions. She grew up listening to salsa (dancing before she could walk) and began to sing in her church choir around the age of six. In high school, Perea took piano and voice lessons, performing in school musicals and choirs. In addition to a stage career, she holds a B. A. in Music Education. Perea, often featured by the New Brunswick Jazz Project, regularly performs throughout the region and has appeared with such noted musicians as James Moody, Jimmy Heath, and Eddie Palmieri. Look for Vanessa Perea’s new album in spring 2012.

Follow the traditions of Henri Matisse and Romare Bearden – or develop your own style – in The Art of Paper Cutouts and Designs activity, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Artist-instructor Patricia Brace leads the hands-on activity, with all materials provided, in the Greenwall classroom.

Stop by the Museum Store for a complimentary copy of Newer Genres: Twenty Years of the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios (CD-Rom) and 20% discount on all purchases. Café Z is open until 9 p.m. with sandwiches and snacks available for purchase.

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. Complimentary refreshments are served in the lobby.


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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