Art Activities and Demonstrations

Follow along with Zimmerli teaching artist Yasmin Mohamed and learn tips and techniques for making your own still life drawing in this recording of our October 3 Art Together family art class. The program begins with a look at three still lifes from the Zimmerli's collection.

Follow along with Zimmerli teaching artist Nabila Dadabhoy for a simple art activity inspired by the Zimmerli's exhibition, Mood Books: The Children's Stories of Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin, featuring original artwork from classic books including White Snow, Bright Snow and Hide and Seek Fog. Subtitulado en español.

Learn more about printmaking, and become inspired to make your own prints, in these instructional videos by Barbara Madsen, Associate Professor and director of Rutgers Print Collaborative, Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Zimmerli Assistant Curator for Education and Outreach Claire D'Amato leads an activity making fingerprint butterflies and bees, inspired by art from the Zimmerli's collections, including works by Marie Gautier, Takayo Noda, Bertha Lum, and Nikolai Vechtomov.

Created for the inaugural New Brunswick HEART Festival. Watch the entire event here.

Tours and Talks

A virtual book launch celebration of the exhibition catalogue Angela Davis: Seize the Time. This recorded live discussion features a conversation among authors Gerry Beegan, Nicole Fleetwood, Donna Gustafson, and Lisbet Tellefsen. This program launches a year-long series of programming for our forthcoming exhibition of the same name, opening at the museum in the fall of 2021.

Program recorded live on October 1, 2020.

A recording of the Zimmerli Art Museum and Rutgers Global's Art Before/After Hours program exploring the museum's exhibition "It Makes Me Think of That Awful Day..." The Natural World in the Anthropocene, featuring contemporary art that reflects on human impact on the environment. The program includes a virtual exhibition tour, a reflection by Rutgers Human Ecology professor Mary Nucci, a live Q&A with the curators, and more. Program recorded live on October 6, 2020.

This spring, a number of objects from the Zimmerli’s renowned collection of 19th-century avant-garde graphic arts were scheduled to be on view in major exhibitions in New York. Christine Giviskos, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and European Art, presents Zimmerli works loaned to the exhibitions Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being at The Morgan Library & Museum and Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond at The Museum of Modern Art. Dr. Giviskos also provides insight into the often complex decisions and processes that accompany the planning of major exhibitions.⁣

Recorded from an online members event held on August 13, 2020. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member here.

In memory of famed Russian book illustrator and artist Vladimir Radunsky (1954–2018), a panel of writers, translators, and scholars presents readings (in the original and in translation) from and converse about the legacy of early 20th-century Russian children's books and illustrations, as well as their connection to the present. The conversation is moderated by translator and editor Matvei Yankelevich, and followed by a Q&A with the audience. This event complements the Zimmerli exhibition A Celebration of the Books of Vladimir Radunsky.

Event was held at the Zimmerli Art Museum on February 22, 2020.

Panel Participants:

Ilya Bernstein is a poet and translator. He has translated stories and poems for children by Daniil Kharms and Boris Zhitkov, and has written for children himself. He is the author of the poetry collection Attention & Man (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003).

Olga Bukhina is a translator, writer, children’s books specialist, and independent scholar based in New York City. She has translated forty books from English into Russian: American, British, and Canadian young readers’ novels and picture books, as well as historical fiction, non-fiction, and scholarly books. Her book The Ugly Duckling, Harry Potter, and Others: A Guide to Children’s Books About Orphans was published in Moscow.

Ainsley Morse teaches at Dartmouth College and translates Russian and former Yugoslav literatures. Her research focuses on the literature and culture of the post-war Soviet period, particularly unofficial or "underground" poetry, as well as the avant-garde and children's literature. Her book Word Play: Experimental Poetry and Soviet Children’s Literature is forthcoming with Northwestern University Press.

Matvei Yankelevich's translations include Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Ardis/Overlook), and, with Eugene Ostashevsky, Alexander Vvedensky's An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets), which received a National Translation Award. He is the author of three books of poetry and is a member of the Ugly Duckling Presse editorial collective, where he has curated the Eastern European Poets Series since 2002. He teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Listen to Austin Losada, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Graduate Intern, talk about his favorite work from the exhibition, “It makes me think of that awful day…” The Natural World in the Anthropocene, which he co-curated with Hannah Shaw, Graduate Curatorial Assistant.⁣

Featured artwork: Boyle Family (British, founded 1985), Cobbles Study with tire tracks, earth, stones and glass from the Lorrypark Series, mixed media, resin, and fiberglass, 1976 (Gift of Ben and Lesta Wunsch) © Boyle Family. All rights reserved, DACS / ARS 2020

Behind the Scenes

Watch as we transformed one of our art storage spaces earlier this year with the installation of compact shelving, with thanks to Bohren's Fine Art, Storage Systems USA, and our dedicated staff.

Check back soon for new additions!