Art After Hours: June 5 Program

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University presents its eclectic series Art After Hours on Wednesday, June 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening features a curator-led tour of the exhibition “Henri-Gabriel Ibels,” Chinese shadow puppetry, and a performance by singer Gudrun Buehler. 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).

The June Art After Hours program begins with a 5:30 p.m. tour of “Henri-Gabriel Ibels,” led by Christine Giviskos, Associate Curator of European Art, who organized the selection from the Zimmerli’s permanent collection. The exhibition features 25 works by French artist Henri-Gabriel Ibels (1867-1936), who chronicled the circus culture that flourished in Paris during the late 19th century. Like many of his contemporaries, he was inspired by the performers and their feats. A prominent printmaker, illustrator, and poster designer, Ibels captured not only the spectacle of live performances, but also the personalities behind them.

The Zimmerli welcomes Chinese Theatre Works for a World Shadow Puppet Lecture Demonstration from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. This engaging introduction to the many facets of the art form focuses on the Chinese tradition of shadow theatre, first documented some 2000 years ago, which evolved into a sophisticated art form. Delicately carved and colored figures are manipulated behind cloth screens to portray characters from literature, folktales, and religious parables. The program describes the history of this oldest form of motion picture storytelling, as well as the aesthetic, technical, and cultural aspects of traditional and modern shadow theater.

Zimmerli favorite Gudrun Buehler returns to the museum for a performance from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. A world-renowned soprano, Ms. Buehler demonstrates her ability to interpret music from around the world. To complement the Ibels exhibition, she evokes popular French traditions. Ms. Buehler’s repertoire for the evening ranges from 19th-century cabaret music – which gained recognition at the Chat Noir, the Moulin Rouge, and the Folies-Bergère – to the 20th-century chanteuse style of Edith Piaf and beyond.

Z Café, featuring the Food Architects, remains open late with sandwiches, salads, and snacks available for purchase. Zimmerli members receive a 10% discount at the Z Café. The Museum Store features 60% off all purchases.

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 19th-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.

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/Department of State, 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.

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.

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. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.

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