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Enjoy this virtual tour of highlights from our collection, including works by George Segal, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Geoffrey Hendricks, Honore Daumier, and others.

Acompáñenos en este recorrido virtual en donde aprenderemos sobre algunas de las obras más destacadas del Museo de Arte Zimmerli.

Explore the Zimmerli’s online exhibition Musings by Moonlight: The Moon from Japanese Art to Japonism, with the team who created it: Rutgers students from Professor Haruko Wakabayashi's course “From Text to Image in Japanese Art” and Nicole Simpson, the museum’s assistant curator of prints & drawings. You will also hear about the moon in contemporary Japanese manga from Dr. Kay Clopton from Ohio State's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, upcoming opportunities at the Asian American Cultural Center, and how to make a rabbit and moon in origami!


Presented with the support of Rutgers Global, Rutgers Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and Rutgers Asian American Cultural Center. Recorded live 4/6/21.

In recognition of Women’s History Month and International Women's Day, our March Art After Hours featured a preview of Communism Through the Lens: Everyday Life Captured by Women Photographers in the Dodge Collection, led by exhibition curator Maria Garth, a Ph.D. student in Art History at Rutgers and current Graduate Curatorial Assistant (Dodge Fellow) at the Zimmerli. This upcoming exhibition of rarely seen images explores how women in the Soviet Union used photography to reflect on politics, art, gender, and everyday life in the communist state.

And in honor of the #5WomenArtists campaign, we also looked at 5 women artists from other areas of the museum's collections. Recorded live on 3/2/21.

Artist and Rutgers alumna Joan Snyder joins Donna Gustafson, Interim Director of the Zimmerli Art Museum, from her studio in Woodstock, NY to talk about the museum's recent acquisition of Still, a 2011 painting. Snyder talks about her work of the last five years and shares an exclusive look at her most recent paintings. Recorded live on March 18, 2021.

A listening session of James Baldwin's 1963 timeless lecture "The Moral Responsibility of the Artist," followed by reflections from artists from a variety of disciplines on the intersections of their art and social practice.

Featuring Frederick Curry, Marc Handelman, Heather Hart, Marshall Jones, and Jo-El Lopez.

Presented as part of the Zimmerli's Art After Hours series on February 2, 2021, in partnership with Windows of Understanding, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and Rutgers Global.

Take a tour of food and drink-themed works of art from the Zimmerli's collections led by Amanda Potter, Curator of Education and Interpretation, while Sebastian Nieto, Rutgers Club Manager, serves up a couple thematic cocktails and insights on the works from the culinary world. (Recording of a live member's program on January 27, 2021.)

Ann Komaromi, Ph.D. explores Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov’s artistic relationship to both the Russian and Soviet cultural legacy as well as the western gaze. Specifically, she shows how Kabakov’s later work — made after his albums — with found “trash” objects in the 1980s is distinct from similar practices by artists like Robert Rauschenberg. Kabakov’s treatment of the theme of trash arose out of the context of late socialism and became, with time, a profound meditation on the relegation of the Soviet Union to the rubbish heap of history. This event was held in conjunction with the exhibition "Dialogues — Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov: Stories About Ourselves," which opened at the Zimmerli Art Museum in November 2019.

Komaromi is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Comparative Literature and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at University of Toronto. She is also a Victoria College Fellow.

Tom Sokolowski (1950-2020) was many things: curator, activist, provocateur, fabulous. As a museum director and co-founder of Visual AIDS, he changed the world. This film explores Tom's life and legacy.

The Zimmerli commissioned this documentary short from Sam Vladimirsky (Rutgers Class of 2019) on the occasion of Day With(out) Art/World AIDS Day 2020.

To mark Day With(out) Art/World AIDS Day 2020, the Zimmerli Art Museum hosted a panel on the historical and contemporary intersections of HIV/AIDS advocacy and the arts, with a special emphasis on the role the Zimmerli's director Tom Sokolowski, who passed away in May 2020, played in founding Visual AIDS. The program contains an excerpt from One Singular Sensation, a new documentary short about Sokolowski's life from filmmaker Sam Vladimirsky, as well as the video Me Cuido, by Chilean artists Las Indetectables, which was part of Visual AIDS' 2020 DWA video program, TRANSMISSIONS.

The panel featured Nelson Santos, an artist, curator, and former director of Visual AIDS; Allen Frame, a photographer and writer who has long worked with Visual AIDS; Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, Dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health and longtime LGBTQ+ health advocate; and Donna Gustafson, the Zimmerli's Curator of American and Modern Art, Mellon Director of Academic Programs, and currently the museum's interim director. Visual artist and Mason Gross professor Jeanine Oleson moderated the conversation.

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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

Irony of Fate Film Discussions

In this conversation, our panelists offer introductory remarks on the film's context, its ties to our current exhibition "Everyday Soviet," and remembrances of life in the Soviet Union. Featuring Julia Tulovsky, Curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art at the Zimmerli; Alexandra Sankova, Director of the Moscow Design Museum; and special guest, Thymen Kouwenaar, political counsellor at the Dutch Embassy in Moscow. Recorded live December 26, 2020.


A discussion with Russian actor and director Evgeniy Tsymbal, who worked at Mosfilm and collaborated with Irony of Fate director Eldar Riazanov, and offers behind-the-scenes insights on the film. Also featuring Julia Tulovsky, Curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art at the Zimmerli, and Alexandra Sankova, Director of the Moscow Design Museum. Recorded live December 30, 2020.


History of Russian Design Series Discussions

In conjunction with our special exhibition, Everyday Soviet: Soviet Industrial Design and Nonconformist Art (1959-1989), in January 2021 we screened a short documentary series on the history of design in Russia, accompanied by discussion of each episode with Julia Tulovsky, Curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art at the Zimmerli, and Alexandra Sankova, Director of the Moscow Design Museum, along with special guests Olga Druzhinina, Director of Development and Curator for International Projects of MDM (Episode 2), Sveta Chirkova, Curator for Multimedia Projects at MDM, who was co-director of the film (Episode 3), and designer Stepan Lukyanov (Episode 4).

Discussion of Episode 1
Discussion of Episode 3

Follow along with Zimmerli teaching artist Yasmin Mohamed and learn how to make a moon mobile in this recording of our February 2021 Art Together family art class, in celebration of our Musings by Moonlight online exhibition.

Discussion of Episode 2
Discussion of Episode 4

Art Activities and Demonstrations

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.

Follow along with Zimmerli teaching artist Yasmin Mohamed and learn how to make an aluminum foil sculpture in this recording of our April 2021 Art Together family art class. A look at a few works of metal sculpture from the Zimmerli's collection begins the program.

Follow along with Zimmerli teaching artist Yasmin Mohamed and learn how to make a Pop Art-inspired drawing in this recording of our March 2021 Art Together family art class. A look at a few works of Pop Art from the Zimmerli's collection begins the program.

Follow along with Zimmerli teaching artist Yasmin Mohamed and learn how to make a moon mobile in this recording of our February 2021 Art Together family art class, in celebration of our Musings by Moonlight online exhibition.

Follow along with Zimmerli teaching artist Yasmin Mohamed and learn how to make rolled paper art in this recording of our January 2021 Art Together family art class.

Make snow-inspired art using a variety of simple techniques in this recording of our December 5 Art Together family art class. The program begins with a look at wintery works from the Zimmerli's collection.


Make your own cut paper collage as you follow along with Zimmerli teaching artist Yasmin Mohamed in this recording of our November 7 Art Together family art class. The program begins with a look at two collages from the Zimmerli's collection.

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.



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.

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!