Lectures, Films, and Performances

Lectures, Films, and Performances

Curator Talk
Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work
Sunday, March 24 / 3pm
Voorhees Special Exhibitions Gallery

Join Zimmerli Curator Christine Giviskos as she shares insights into the career of John Marin, a New Jersey artist who was one of the most influential figures in early American modern art.

Artist Talk
Khiang H. Hei

Tuesday, April 2 / 7pm (part of our Art After Hours program)

Born in Cambodia and pursuing a college degree in the United States, Khiang H. Hei was studying abroad in Beijing when student activists began to agitate for political change in the spring of 1989. Hei returned to Tiananmen Square over and over again to capture the hunger strikes and marches leading up to the bloody events of June 4, 1989. Marking the protest’s 30th anniversary, Tiananmen Square, 1989: Photographs by Khiang H. Hei shows the humble origins of the protests that would later draw international attention. Hei reflects on his experiences as well as his subsequent career as a documentary photographer with a focus on the legacies of war and conflict in Southeast Asia.

This event is part of our April Art After Hours programming; the museum is open from 5 to 9pm with refreshments, live music, and more. 

Tiananmen at 30: 1989 in International History, Law, and Memory
Wednesday, April 3 / 2-5pm

Lower Dodge Gallery

Bringing together a group of interdisciplinary scholars (James Carter, Professor of History and Director of Nealis Program in Asian Studies, Saint Joseph’s University; Margaret K. Lewis, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University; Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, Historian and Writer; Khiang H. Hei, Photographer; and  Haolun Xu, Student, Rutgers University New Brunswick) this afternoon symposium explores the subject of the exhibition Tiananmen Square, 1989: Photographs by Khiang H. Hei on view until July 28, 2019. Both the exhibition and the discussion mark the 30th anniversary of the student protests and the subsequent events at Tiananmen Square in 1989. Discussing the events from the different perspectives of history, international law, personal memory, and documentary photography, the symposium includes short talks, a panel discussion, and a Q&A. A reception follows.

Organized by the Zimmerli Art Museum and co-sponsored by Rutgers Global, Department of Art History, Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Humanities and Art, and the Zimmerli’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund

Film Screening
The Gate of Heavenly Peace
Friday, April 5 / 6-9pm
Murray Hall, Room 301
Please Note: This screening does not take place at the Zimmerli Art Museum. Murray Hall is located on Voorhees Mall, next to the Art Library. 

The recently restored 1995 documentary The Gate of Heavenly Peace will be screened in conjunction with the exhibition Tiananmen Square, 1989: Photographs by Khiang H. Hei. Including archival footage and contemporary interviews with a wide range of Chinese citizens, the three-hour documentary provides a compelling story of the rise and fall of the “Beijing Spring.”

Picturing Limits and Pushing Boundaries: John Marin’s Drawings of New York City
Thursday, April 11 / 3:30pm

Josephine White Rodgers discusses John Marin’s long artistic engagement with New York City, whose dramatically changing form he captured in drawings and paintings over several decades. Rodgers received her PhD in art history from Rutgers in 2015 and is currently the Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow in American Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Photos McKay Imaging Photography