Zimmerli Museum explores art of sports

I know it would probably be hard to convince Rutgers football fans of this at the moment, given how the team is doing, but sports are really there for us to escape from our problems, not to create more of them. A kinder, gentler era in the history of sports is documented in the Zimmerli Art Museum exhibition, “Sports and Recreation in France, 1840-1900,” and a good time to check it out would be Tuesday night, as a curator-led tour of it will kick off the free “Art After Hours: First Tuesday” event, at 6 p.m.

Right after the tour, the “Big Ten: Art” series will spotlight one work from the Zimmerli’s collection, and at 6:30, the Rutgers Afro-Caribbean Ensemble will perform Latin, Salsa and Afro-Cuban music. At 7 p.m., the artist David Ambrose and members of the collective BroLab will discuss new project as part of the Slide Jam program.

Also coming up at the Zimmerli this month:

• Nov. 9 at 2 p.m., the Music at the Museum series features a family-friendly program, “From Mozart to Prokofiev — Flute and Piano Magic,” with Amy Tu (flute) and Yevgeny Morozov (piano) performing selections by Mozart, Prokofiev, Chopin, Liszt and Bizet. This concert series is inspired by the museum’s artwork.

• Nov. 17 at 2 p.m., the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers will present a program titled “Discovering Islamic Art,” in which five artists and calligraphers will give live demonstrations and display their work.

The musician is at 71 Hamilton St. on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus. For information and a full schedule, visit zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu.

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