Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Joins “Smithsonian” Magazine’s Ninth Annual National Museum Day Live!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 • 4:36pm
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers opens its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 28, as part of “Smithsonian” magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. The Zimmerli is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 28.
Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants and this year’s event expects record-high participation.
“The Smithsonian is an important resource for anyone who seeks to explore the world of art. An event like Museum Day Live! introduces their visitors and members to the vast array of cultural organizations around the country. We look forward to this opportunity every year and are pleased to be part of such an exciting network,” said Zimmerli director Suzanne Delehanty.
The Zimmerli’s highlights for the day include exhibitions to engage visitors of all ages. “Maples in the Mist: Chinese Poems for Children Illustrated by Jean & Mou-sien Tseng” spotlights the Zimmerli’s collection of original children’s book illustrations. “Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives” captures the beauty of ice, while opening discussions about climate change. “Staging Symbolism: Programs for the Théâtre de l’Oeuvre in Paris” presents original theater programs created by well-known artists in 1890s Paris. “Stars: Contemporary Prints by Derrière L’Étoile Studio” is the first survey exhibition of prints produced by this legendary New York studio and features work by many artists who defined the American art scene after 1980. “Leonid Sokov: Ironic Objects,” along with “Leningrad’s Perestroika: Crosscurrents in Photography, Video, and Music,” offer the opportunity to discuss recent world history and reflect upon life in societies beyond our own.
The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday. Follow Museum Day Live! on Twitter (@museumday) and Facebook (facebook.com/museumdaylive) for news from other visitors and participating museums.
ABOUT SMITHSONIAN MEDIA
Smithsonian Media comprises its flagship publication, “Smithsonian” magazine, as well as “Air & Space,” “goSmithsonian,” Smithsonian Media Digital Network, and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.
ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM|RUTGERS
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 the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. 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 Art Museum is supported by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as well as the income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment Fund, among others. Additional support comes from the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from other corporations, foundations, and individuals, as well as earned income, also provide vital annual support for the Zimmerli’s operations and programs.
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.
MUSEUM AND Z CAFÉ HOURS
Museum 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.
Z Café featuring the Food Architects is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.
Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID). Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 848.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu