Sunday, January 26, 2020

Join us Sunday, March 19, at 1:00 p.m. for a docent-led tour of the Nonconformist Exhibit at the Zimmerli Art Museum, located on the Voorhees Mall of the campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The tour will be led by our very own Marcie Leff. Couvert is $10. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 15 by making a check payable to Raritan Valley Hadassah (Zimmerli in the memo) and mailing it to Sara Goodman Hand, 311 Montgomery Street, Highland Park, NJ 08904. Feel free to call Marcia Shiffman at 732-964-0079 if you need a ride or have any questions.

The Zimmerli houses more than 60,000 works, including Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art from the acclaimed Dodge Collection. The Dodge Collection is the largest collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art in existence. The collection was amassed by an economics professor from the University of Maryland, Norton Dodge, from the late 1950s until the advent of perestroika. It was a gift of Norton and Nancy Dodge in 1991. More than 20,000 works by close to 1,000 artists reveal a culture that defied the politically imposed conventions of Socialist Realism. This encyclopedic array of nonconformist art extends from about 1956 to 1986, from the beginning of Khrushchev’s cultural “thaw” to the advent of Gorbachev’s glasnost and perestroika. Work created during the Gorbachev era (through 1991) is also represented. The collection includes art made in Russia, as well as many examples of Nonconformist Art produced in the Soviet republics: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.