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The Zimmerli Art Museum Offers Free Admission, Now thru 5/18

The Zimmerli Art Museum Offers Free Admission, Now thru 5/18

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers announced today that it will offer free admission from today, May 16, through Sunday, May 18. The Zimmerli looks forward to celebrating Alumni Weekend (www.alumni.rutgers.edu) and Commencement (commencement.rutgers.edu) with other departments across the Rutgers University-New Brunswick campus. The museum also is pleased to continue its annual participation in the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD aamd.org) Art Museum Day on May 18, coinciding with International Museum Day. The Zimmerli is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Information is available at www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu.

Last year, the Zimmerli-along with more than 170 other AAMD member museums across North America-participated in Art Museum Day. Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD member museums. The Zimmerli also invites visitors to share their experiences on Art Museum Day via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.

This year, because Art Museum Day coincides with Alumni and Commencement gatherings, the Zimmerli is extending free admission for the entire weekend. "Art museums are a great place to make memories with the special people in your life. Whether it's our neighbors in New Brunswick, graduates about to embark on the world beyond Rutgers, or alumni coming back to reconnect with old friends, we offer visitors an inspiring environment to enjoy time with one another," observes interim director Marti Mayo. "This year, we are especially pleased to feature a free photobooth in the exhibition 'Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture.' After visitors explore the history and evolution of the genre, they can make their own portraits to remember their day together."

"Art museums play a powerful role as community gathering places, bringing together people from all walks of life to experience the best of human creativity," said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. "AAMD is so pleased that the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is joining us in this celebration by inviting everyone in New Brunswick to participate in Art Museum Day."

The Zimmerli features a variety of offerings throughout the weekend. The exhibition "Maples in the Mist: Chinese Poems for Children Illustrated by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng" is a journey inspired by noted poets of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). Selected from the museum's extensive collection of original artwork from children's literature, it is ideal for families with young children. In addition, scavenger hunts are available to guide families in discovering artwork throughout the museum. The Zimmerli's first exhibition devoted to artists from Ukraine, "Odessa's Second Avant-Garde: City and Myth" focuses on nonconformist artists who worked in this fabled seaport on the Black Sea from the 1960s through the late 1980s. Other exhibitions include "Stars: Contemporary Prints by Derrière L'Étoile Studio (Part Three)," "'Never such innocence again': Picturing the Great War in French Prints and Drawings," "Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives," and "A Gift in Honor of Tyler Clementi: Dale Chihuly's Rivera Blue Macchia Chartreuse Lip Wrap." On Sunday at 3 p.m., the museum screens its monthly installment of the PBS series "Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century." The episode "Fantasy" includes insightful interviews with contemporary artists Cao Fei, Mary Heilmann, Jeff Koons, and Florian Maier-Aichen.


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