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What Makes Us?
Brodsky Center Prints by Zeina Barakeh, Chitra Ganesh, Ben Patterson, and Duke Riley.

On view at Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, from February 16 to March 15.

Created by invited artists in residence at Brodsky Center, Rutgers’ printmaking and papermaking studios, the
prints in this exhibition feature allegorical narratives and meditations on history and identity. They encompass
ancient myths and current events, universal narratives and random constellations of everyday details, political
realities and personal aspirations. Artists Zeina Barakeh, Chitra Ganesh, Ben Patterson, and Duke Riley ask
themselves, “What makes us who we are?” Their responses, while individually rooted in each artist’s unique
background, unveil a shared layer of psychological commotion and intellectual sifting that such interrogation
provokes. As viewers, we learn as much from their discoveries as from the unswerving courage, wit, and
curiosity that drove them to delve into difficult, often uncharted territory.

Above, detail from Benjamin Patterson (born 1934, Pittsburgh, PA; died 2016, Wiesbaden, Germany), My
Thirteen Presidents
, 2009, portfolio of 7 digital prints, including colophon, 13 7/8 x 34 ¾ inches each, edition
of 20. Collaborating printer: Randy Hemminghaus.

American Fluxus composer and artist Ben Patterson took part in seminal Fluxus events held in New
Brunswick in 1963–65 (detailed in at/around/beyond: Fluxus at Rutgers in the museum’s American Art
Gallery), but spent most of his life in Germany. In typical Fluxus fashion, My Thirteen Presidents embraces
the chance convergence of circumstances as it describes individual decisions by American presidents since
1933. In his objective to relate historical narrative to ordinary life, and inscrutable centers of power to active
citizenship, Patterson draws the foundation of a president’s character from spheres extending to the cosmos
and nature, through popular astrology. As echoed in the title’s possessive pronoun, the artist renders the
immense influence American presidents exert on ordinary people. He imagines the presidents who intersected
his life floating in an undifferentiated universe, taking on the semblance of mythological figures surrounded by
fragments of familiar paintings. The composite of Western and Eastern astrological traditions invokes America’s
place as a global superpower. It also expands viewer’s participation from diverse points of entry into the artist’s
syncretic imagery.


THE MASTER PLAN or In Between the Big Bang and Modern Art is the Restroom

by MacArthur Award winner artist Fred Wilson

September 5–February 15, 2017
Focus Gallery, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

On view at Zimmerli Art Museum THE MASTER PLAN or In Between the Big Bang and
Modern Art is the Restroom
by MacArthur Award winner artist Fred Wilson. Excerpted
from traditional collection care terminology, visitor services signage and gallery layouts
from visitor orientation maps of eighteen European and North American museums of
anthropology, art, cultural or natural history, THE MASTER PLAN provides a fascinating
opportunity for viewers to gain deeper awareness of the influential institutions that are
entrusted with the conservation and understanding of human kind through history, culture
and artifacts. Uncovering how museums reflect society’s cultural constructs through object
selection, display, and interpretation has been Wilson’s persistent focus. It has made his
work one of contemporary art’s most transformative contributions of the past three decades.
In 2004 Wilson was invited by Brodsky Center to create a work where this suite of 22 photogravures
was completed in 2009. This is the first time THE MASTER PLAN or In Between the Big Bang and
Modern Art is the Restroom
is exhibited in its entirety.

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Collaborators in Print and Progress
September 22, 2016 –January 20, 2017
Open Lens Gallery, UArts MFA in Book Arts & Printmaking program and the Gershman Y
Gershman Hall
401 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147


Creation Stories
April 13–August 31, 2016
Focus Gallery, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This portfolio was created from 2002-04 through a collaboration between Brodsky Center, Johnson
& Johnson, Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts
in Oregon. Creation Stories is a portfolio of 10 lithographs, with handmade paper and silkscreen text.
Artists from the Kalahari Desert region in Botswana and Native American artists were invited to create
prints that explore the universal theme of creation through words and images. The portfolio is a
collaboration celebrating cultural myths and the common bond between peoples of the world.

Affaire Extraordinaire Exhibition
May 7–September 20, 2015
Focus Gallery, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition 2012–2013
December 19, 2012–January 17, 2013
Closing Reception featuring artist talks: January 17, 2013, 5–7 pm
Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Clytie Alexander, El Anatsui, Alexandre Arrechea, Lynda Benglis, WIlliam Kentridge, JC Lenochan, Grace Matthews, Faith Ringgold, and Pat Steir. Also featuring work by Will Barnet from the collection of Dr. Muriel and Dr. Leonard Moss. Creation Stories, a portfolio collaboration between Brodsky Center, Artist Proof Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts in Oregon. Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, produced by Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Projects from the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University
April 21–May 30, 2012
Reception: Friday, April 20, 6–8 pm
The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery
417 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition 2011–2012
December 20, 2011–January 19, 2012
Closing Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 4–6 pm, Artists' Talks: 3–4 pm
Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition 2010–2011
December 20, 2010–January 19, 2011
Closing Reception: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 4–6 pm,  Artists’ Talks: 3–4 pm
Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

Always Remember 9/11 Exhibit
September 16, 2010–November 30, 2010
Opening Reception: September 16, 2010, 6:30–8:30 pm
Brodsky Center Gallery at the Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center
10 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition 2009–2010
December 21, 2009–January 22, 2010
Closing Reception: Thursday January 21, 2010, 3–7pm, Artist Talks 3–5pm
Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition 2008–2009
December 17, 2008–January 23, 2009
Closing Reception: Thursday January 22, 2009, 3–7pm, Artist Talks 3–5pm
Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

Mary Cross: Sacred Spaces
October 17, 2008–January 4, 2009
The Heldrich Hotel
10 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

Brodsky Center Gala 2013
Honoring El Anatsui and Alexandre Arrechea
Thursday, January 31, 2012, 6–10 pm
Cedar Lake Theater
547 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Brodsky Center Gala 2012
Honoring Lynda Benglis and Dan Cameron
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 6–9 pm
Cedar Lake Theater
547 West 26th Street
New York, NY