Art After Hours: First Tuesdays

The first Tuesday of most months / 5 to 9pm  
Admission, activities, and refreshments are FREE TO ALL

Program dates: September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, and June 6

Unwind after classes or work during Art After Hours. This month’s program includes curator-led tours, Slide Jam artist presentations, and live music. PaparazZi Café offers extended hours.

Exhibition Tours / 5:45 and 6:30pm
Donna Gustafson, Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs, leads tours of two of the museum’s fall exhibitions. In Three American Painters: David Diao, Sam Gilliam, Sal Sirugo, each artist used abstract expressionism as a point of departure, and their paintings represent both important continuities with the previous generation and highly distinct personal innovations. All three are celebrated for their large-scale and abstract paintings with heavily worked or highly colored surfaces. The artists in Looking Back at the 1980s: Gifts to the Collection share an interest in exploring paint as an expressive medium and image making as a layered, experiential endeavor. Together the eight works animate a continuing dialogue about expanding boundaries and artistic innovation in the 1980s. 

Slide Jam / 7 to 8pm
Patricia Brace, who teaches at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, is an interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses the relationship between dance, current events, and basic comparative psychology through her use of performance art, new media, and installation. Brad Terhune is an artist and art educator based in northern New Jersey working in painting, collage, and photography. The images represent his perception of the varied objects, ideas, moments, landscapes, and beings from personal experiences. The artist presentations are followed by a Q&A opportunity for the audience.

Live Music / Sets at 5 and 7pm
Directed by Professor Bill O'Connell, the Rutgers Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, comprising top student musicians from Mason Gross School of the Arts, provides a dynamic, vibrant, and fun party element to any event. Their arrangements feature Latin, Salsa, and Afro-Cuban styled selections.

Art After Hours offers a variety of activities that enhance the museum experience, including:

In addition, special guests and events enliven these evenings with unique and engaging presentations.