New Brunswick, N.J. – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University reopened to the public on Sept. 1, 2021, with new exhibitions, a combination of virtual and in-person programming, and updated hours.
Museum admission remains free. At this time, advance reservations are not required for general admission, but some programs require registration. Visitors must wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while inside the museum. Visit the Zimmerli’s redesigned website zimmerli.rutgers.edu for complete details and visitor information, including directions, parking, and accessibility.
Like many arts venues, the Zimmerli closed in March of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, staff worked remotely – and, as safety protocols permitted, in the building at a limited capacity – to develop virtual exhibitions and programs, as well as to plan for the public reopening of the museum on the New Brunswick College Avenue campus.
A number of changes are being introduced to enhance the visitor experience. The Zimmerli has updated its hours to better accommodate academic and work schedules: Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday and Tuesday, but the lobby and café are open. Schools are invited to schedule class tours on Tuesdays, in addition to Wednesdays through Fridays, at least three weeks in advance. Learn more about Group Tours.
The Zimmerli offers a variety of free programming this fall, including the return of two in-person events. The schedule kicks off with SparkNights, a new monthly social event, on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. On select Thursday evenings throughout the year, SparkNights features experiences that encourage exploration, play, and relaxation, including art-making, gallery games and challenges, spotlight talks, exhibition tours, films, curated playlists, and more. The public is also invited to the museum’s “Opening Celebration for Campus and Community” on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visitors can view all the new exhibitions and hear highlights from museum staff. Visit the Zimmerli Events calendar to view details regarding upcoming programs.
New exhibitions include:
Angela Davis — Seize the Time
The New Woman in Paris and London, c.1890-1920
Dateci: Primo Levi and Sheba Sharrow
Stitching Time: The Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project
Mood Books: The Children’s Stories of Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin
Microcosm of Mexico: 100 Original Woodcuts by José Guadalupe Posada
Labor Sweated Here: Histories of Workers and Environments in New Jersey
Communism Through the Lens: Everyday Life Captured by Women Photographers in the Dodge Collection (Closes October 17)
Mark Loughney: Pyrrhic Defeat, A Visual Study of Mass Incarceration, 2014 to the Present (Opens October 2)