Zimmerli Art Museum

Installation photos by Peter Jacobs.

Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists
September 4, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Voorhees Gallery, Zimmerli Art Museum
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Art=Text=Art was expanded for its second installation at the Zimmerli, where it was organized by Marilyn Symmes, Director of the Museum’s Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator of Prints and Drawings. The exhibition was installed chronologically to highlight a progression in the use of text in art from the 1950s to the present. Lenders to the exhibition included The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

Programming for the exhibition included Making Sense of What We Sense, an interactive drawing installation by artist Rita Leduc, and Dance as Drawing: The Arts of Trisha Brown, a lecture and dance demonstration by Jeff Friedman, faculty member at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers — both part of the Zimmerli’s Art After Hours series.

The exhibition featured an extensive audio tour with commentary contributed by Rutgers faculty members in interdisciplinary departments. Read their commentary.

For each week of the exhibition’s run, we invited one moderator to lead an online conversation about a particular aspect of the art on display. Explore these discussions.

The exhibition and related programs at the Zimmerli were made possible in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and donors to the Zimmerli’s Annual Exhibition Fund: Sustainer/ Voorhees Family Endowment; Supporter/ Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Inc.–Stephen Cypen, President.

Read curator Marilyn Symmes’s introductory essay.
Read the exhibition foreword by director Suzanne Delehanty.
Read more about the exhibition on the Zimmerli Art Museum’s website.

Exhibition Checklist
Exhibition Brochure
Press Release
Audio Guide Transcripts
Discussion Forum


Dan Bischoff’s coverage in the New Jersey Star-Ledger

Zimmerli Art Museum Staff

Sara Berkowitz | Curatorial Intern, Rutgers University Department of Art History
Rebecca Brenowitz | Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator
Keith Bull | Exhibition Coordinator
Bernadette Clapsis | Accountant
Suesan Cota | Security Assistant
Roberto Delgado | Preparator
Suzanne Delehanty | Director
Alfredo Franco | Curator of Education
Christine Giviskos | Associate Curator of European Art
Donna Gustafson | Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs & Curator
J. Patrick Holden | Preparator
Leslie Kriff | Registrar
Beth McKeown | Assistant Curator for Prints and Drawings
Kiki Michael | Assistant Registrar
Margaret Molnar | Associate Registrar
Alexandra Neumann | Education Coordinator
Tashonia Polynice | Manager of Visitor and Retail Services
Whitney Prendergast | Director of Development
Edward Schwab | Manager of Operations
Stacy Smith | Manager of Publications and Communications
Judith Soto | Secretary to the Director
Ryan Stalcup | Assistant Manager of Operations
Marilyn Symmes | Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts
& Curator of Prints and Drawings

Joyce Szabo | Business Office Assistant
Anita Vangerud | Museum Security Officer
Theresa Watson | Communications Coordinator
Bonnie Wilson | Coordinator of Educational and Community Programs