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Behind eyeglasses with a tortoiseshell frame and pink temples, museum professional and art historian Thomas Sokolowski detailed his statewide project as the Zimmerli Art Museum’s newest director.In a museum that houses more than 60,000 works of art, Sokolowski said he will take on a greater activist role compared to past directors in how he will run operation and how the museum will respond to the world we live in.“I would like us to be seen ... as the activist art center of New Jersey,” Sokolowski said.Sokolowski led the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh for 14 years as its director until 2010.
Coming off of a strong season of protests in the spring, Rutgers University seems unusually quiet this year with fewer students participating in rallies and demonstrations this semester.In April, an update was made to a University policy on rallies and demonstrations held on Rutgers property to differentiate between the terms “free expression” and “disruption.” Now, student advocacy leaders are questioning whether the policy is to blame for fewer students expressing their voice in the fall.“I get that student safety is important but the current policy now, besides common sense items like ‘do not obstruct vehicle, bike and pedestrian lanes,’ there are some things in reading the text itself that make you say, ‘Woah, this is against our First Amendment rights,’” said Adeel Ahmed, a Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) senator-at-large and a School of Arts and Sciences junior.Ahmed is also RU Progressive’s co-president and said that, to him, in specific areas of the policy the language is vague, and he questions whether a student’s right to protest a guest speaker on campus is still protected under the new policy change.
Mason Gross’ Visual Arts Department continued their fall gallery season with an opening reception Friday night of the co-cureate shows, a collaborative mixture between 50 undergraduates and Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) artists practicing their craft in seven different exhibitions.
Late Wednesday night, reports of a bipartisan deal struck between President Donald J. Trump and congressional Democrats on a legislative replacement to the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program left Dreamers in hope and confusion after Trump discredited the agreement later that morning.The latest news reports that Trump invited Sen.
All were welcome to the "welcome back" show that Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts kicked off the new semester with.The BACKWASH, an annual show from the Visual Arts Department, showcased artwork from faculty, staff and returning Master of Fine Arts students.The school invited individuals from all ends of the rolodex within the Rutgers and New Brunswick community to the show that was located at the Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square and ended closed yesterday.“We are trying to attract literally everybody,” said Daonne Huff, Mason Gross’ graduate program administrative assistant and gallery coordinator.There is no need to be a religious art appreciator, Huff said. The exhibit displayed the works of not only MFA students, but contributions by technical and administrative staff at Mason Gross, Huff said.