Virtual Events

Join us online for these upcoming programs

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Art Before/After Hours: Day With(out) Art

Tuesday, December 1, all day (schedule below)

Join us for live virtual programming during Art Before/After Hours on December 1 to mark Day With(out) Art/World AIDS Day and celebrate Thomas Sokolowski, the Zimmerli’s late director, who passed away in May. Since 1989, Day With(out)Art has served as a national day of action and mourning in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis initiated by Visual AIDS, an organization that Sokolowski helped found.


  • 9:00am - A live Zoom screening of TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six videos newly commissioned by Visual AIDS, considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou(Greece), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Las Indetectables (Chile), Charan Singh (India/U.K.), and George Stanley (Uganda). Click here for more details about the video program. Please note: the video program contains explicit content.

  • Throughout the Day - Look for special content on the Zimmerli's online platforms honoring Tom Sokolowski.

  • 7:00pm - A live Zoom panel on the historical and contemporary intersections of HIV/AIDS advocacy and the arts, with a special emphasis on the role Tom Sokolowski played in founding Visual AIDS. Visual artist and Mason Gross professor Jeanine Oleson will moderate a conversation between 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 Donna Gustafson, the Zimmerli's Curator of American and Modern Art, Mellon Director of Academic Programs, and currently the museum's interim director.

To register for the 9am video screening, please click here.

To register for the 7pm panel and Q&A, please click here.

This program is presented in lead collaboration with Rutgers Global, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and Rutgers School of Public Health, with the additional support of Rutgers Student Health, Rutgers Global Health Institute, Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, and the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers – New Brunswick.

Programming presented during Art Before/After Hours: Day With(out) Art is supported by the Thomas Sokolowski Memorial Fund, established in 2020 to ensure that the Zimmerli Art Museum continues its mission as a place to foster interactions for a better understanding of one another and galvanize action for the betterment of the world. The Memorial Fund is made possible by lead support from PNC Bank. Additional support was received from the Zimmerli staff and Board of Directors; Rutgers faculty, students, and alumni; and friends of the museum.

Art Together - Free Family Art Class

Saturday, December 5 - 10:00-11:00am

Register for access to the program at this link. (Registration accepted up to program start time.)

It’s Art Together time again and we’re excited to get creative with you and your family!

Artists of all ages are welcome, but this session will be best suited for those ages 6-13, and their grown-ups.

As always, Art Together is free and you can stay as long as you like. Details for December's project will be posted soon!

Can’t join us at that time? The program will be recorded and shared on our Zimmerli At Home site to watch whenever works best for your family.

Lev Melikhov, Ilya Kabakov, 1987, Gelatin silver print on paper. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, D20347

Lecture by Ann Komaromi, PhD on Dialogues — Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov: Stories About Ourselves

Monday, December 7 at 5:00pm

Free and open to all!

In her lecture, Dr. Komaromi will explore Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov’s artistic relationship to both the Russian and Soviet cultural legacy as well as the western gaze. Specifically, she will show 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 is 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.

Ann Komaromi, Ph.D. 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.

To register, please click here.

All listed times are Eastern time zone. Recorded programs will be archived in the Videos section of this site.

Click here for info on past virtual events.