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Zimmerli Art Museum To Celebrate National Arts And Humanities Month In October

Theresa C. Watson

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • 5:19pm

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  In October, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers offers a variety of programs that invite visitors to explore new topics and meet experts in the field during National Arts & Humanities Month, a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America.

On Wednesday, October 2, artist Janet Goldner discusses UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mali at 3:30 p.m. and Zimmerli curator Christine Giviskos leads a tour of “Staging Symbolism” at 6 p.m. University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis presents “The Civil War and Slavery’s Shadow” on Tuesday, October 8 at 4:30 p.m. And on Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m., Zimmerli curator Donna Gustafson spotlights the exhibition “Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives.” All programs take place at the Zimmerli and are free with general admission. Details are available at bit.ly/ZimmerliOct. Information about National Arts & Humanities Month is available at www.artsusa.org/get_involved/advocacy/nahm/.

The Zimmerli is pleased to welcome artist Janet Goldner on Wednesday, October 2, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., to discuss the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mali in relation to the ongoing political crisis that erupted in the country in 2012. Culture holds the keys to the resolution of this conflict and the future of Malian democracy. This is especially important to bear in mind when solutions to the current crisis are being imposed by an international community that is unaware (or not mindful of) the interconnected histories of the peoples of the region. In addition, it is important to remember that culture is a living entity and to acknowledge the ways that Mali's cultural heritage influences contemporary culture, at home and abroad. The artist’s annual visits to Mali – along with interests in identity, social justice, and African culture – inspire her work, which bridges diverse cultures, focusing on the unique beauty and genius of each, as well as what we have in common. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for African Studies and supported in part by income from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund. More information is available at bit.ly/LectureZ.

The Zimmerli remains open during the evening on October 2 and offers an installment of the series “Insights: Gallery Talks” at 6 p.m. with Christine Giviskos, the museum’s Associate Curator of European Art, who organized the exhibition “Staging Symbolism: Programs for the Théâtre de l'Oeuvre in Paris.” Founded in the summer of 1893, the Théâtre de l’Oeuvre in Paris quickly became the leading venue for symbolist theatrical productions. This was an innovative time in theater around the world, especially in Paris, where the bohemian culture of Montmartre brought together visual artists, writers, and actors who collaborated to promote each other’s work. The exhibition explores this intertwining creativity among leading artists who designed theater programs that not only promoted popular stage productions of the day, but also became an art form of their own. Programs, like these, are the only surviving art works related to the Théâtre de l’Oeuvre’s stage productions from the late 1890s, when it produced many groundbreaking and influential works for the first time. The complete schedule is available at bit.ly/InsightsZ.

The Zimmerli and Department of Art History at Rutgers collaborate to offer the Sydney Jacobs Lecture “The Civil War and Slavery’s Shadow” on Tuesday, October 8, at 4:30 p.m. Professor Maurie McInnis examines contemporary politics and American visual culture during the American Civil War. She explores why it was that as the war stretched on, few artists depicted the subject. They had even less to say about slavery, even after the Emancipation Proclamation had focused the war effort on ending the South's "peculiar institution." There were a couple of artists, however, who tackled the subject in private, creating powerful works that only later became known to American audiences. McInnis is professor of American art and material culture and associate dean for undergraduate academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. Her primary research interests are in the cultural and social history of the American South in the 18th and 19th centuries. She has authored such award-winning books as “Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade” and “The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston.” More information is available at bit.ly/LectureZ.

The Zimmerli offers “Insights: Gallery Talks” on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. On October 13, Donna Gustafson, the Zimmerli’s Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, leads a tour of “Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives.” The exhibition brings 19th-century American landscape traditions into the 21st century with a blast of arctic air. With their large scale and vivid color, Burko’s new work reflects her longtime interest in extreme landscapes. For more than 40 years, she has focused on monumental and geological phenomena throughout the world: from American scenic icons to volcanoes on four continents. Beginning in the early 2000s, Burko’s explorations have extended to include snow and ice in increasingly remote locations. The complete schedule is available at bit.ly/InsightsZ.

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.

SUPPORT

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, 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.LOCATION

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

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

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