When the Zimmerli Art Museum hosted a posthumous George Segal exhibition earlier this year, one of the most alluring wall pieces was the figural relief "Pregnancy Series: Seven Stages." The title of the 1978 work in plaster pretty well sums up the piece: seven bas-relief panels, cast from life, of a pregnant woman’s developing body during pregnancy. Truncated to depict the woman’s body from shoulder to thigh, the series features a marvelous play of hands, seven variations on a theme, each evocative of how the woman relates to her swelling belly.
This month, the George and Helen Segal Foundation has donated the work — the vaunted artist’s only work created as a series — to the Zimmerli for its permanent collection.
"The Segal family has had a long association with Rutgers that has only strengthened with the recent exhibition of George’s work that the Zimmerli organized," says Segal’s window, Helen Segal, who continues to live at the family home and studios in South Brunswick. "We are happy that this piece will available to central New Jersey residents close to our home and where George worked."
Segal earned his MFA at Rutgers in 1963 and was awarded an honorary doctor of fine arts degree by the university in 1970. His daughter, Rena Segal, also an artist, also earned her MFA from Rutgers. Segal’s niece, Susan Kutliroff, who helps administers the Segal Foundation, earned her undergraduate degree and MSW from Rutgers.
Segal, who died in 2000, began casting human figures directly from live models in 1961, using plaster-soaked bandages to capture the basic characteristics of his models. The technique utilized bandages newly-developed by Johnson & Johnson. In the mid-1970s, he began pouring plaster into his casts, using them as molds to produce more finely detailed figures such as those seen in the "Pregnancy Series."
Segal scholar and independent critic Phyllis Tuchman comments on these life-affirming and often erotic works by Segal: "Nothing celebrated life and the beauty of women more than an astonishing group of seven reliefs Segal created in 1978 recording the metamorphosis of a woman’s body during her pregnancy. Obviously figurative, the different moments animating this series, nevertheless, also speak the language of abstraction vis a vis a swelling belly, Venus of Willendorf breasts, and arms and fingers that are as much lines as body parts. Segal was a humanist. `Pregnancy Series: Seven Stages’ makes this abundantly clear."
The work will make its first appearance in a Zimmerli Museum permanent collection exhibition this fall in the exhibit, "Twentieth Century American Sculpture in the Zimmerli Collection," opening Sunday, September 7.
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Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Lost Princeton," an exhibit that explores lost businesses and houses. The historic house also houses a long-term exhibition about Princeton history highlighting the Native American occupation, the Revolutionary War, and Princeton in the 19th and 20th centuries. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. The permanent collections range from ancient to contemporary art, concentrating on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China, the United States, and Latin America. Greek and Roman antiquities, including ceramics, marbles and bronzes, and Roman mosaics from Princeton’s own excavations in Antioch are represented. Also sculpture, metalwork, and stained glass from Medieval Europe and important examples of Western European paintings from the early Renaissance through the 19th Century. Chinese art — bronzes, tomb figures, painting, and calligraphy — as well as pre-Columbian art of the Maya, represent some of the Museum’s greatest strengths. Also African art and American Indian art. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Free admission.
Firestone Library, Princeton University, 609-258-1148. "Brave New World: 20th-Century Books from the Cotsen Children’s Library," an exhibition that fills the library’s main gallery and the Milberg Gallery upstairs. To October 26.
Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Lawrenceville, 609-895-5589. Student art exhibition, work by 60 students from a variety of majors. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. To September 12.
Gourgaud Gallery, Cranbury Town Hall, 23A North Main Street, Cranbury. A shared show of paintings by Ruth Kaufman and Robin Lundin Murray. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays noon to 3 p.m. To August 29.
Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511. Shared show of photography: "Night Light" by Mary Julia Kephart, and "Infinities" by Coleen Marks. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment. To August 24.
Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-586-0616. Seasonal outdoor sculpture exhibition features the International Sculpture Center’s first juried exhibition selected by artist Helen Escobedo, curator Stephen Nash, and critic Carter Radcliffe. New additions outdoors by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Benbow Bullock, Ron Mehlman, and Pat Musick. Shows continue to September 28.
Grounds for Sculpture is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round. Admission is $4 Tuesday to Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 on Sunday.
Toad Hall Shop & Gallery, Grounds for Sculpture, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville, 609-689-1089. Barbara Schaff, paintings of orchids. To September 14.
Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-0817. "Watercolor Anarchy II," a group show of watercolors by Gail Bracegirdle and seven of her students. Students participating in the exhibit include Carol Bleistein, Lawrenceville; Ron Flegel, Monmouth Junction; Ruth Kaufman, Princeton; Robin L. Murray, Trenton; Lionel Scriven, Lambertville; Kinga Soni, Plainsboro; and Chari Wurtzel, Horsham, Pennsylvania. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To August 30.
Montgomery Center for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman, 609-921-3272. Princeton Artists Alliance show features drawings, paintings, prints, mixed media, handmade paper, fibers, photography, and sculpture. Exhibit and sale through August 24.
Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. The Art Group, and "Fruits of the Earth," Monday & Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To August 31.
Washington Township Arts Council, Washington Township Utilities Office, Route 130, just south of Route 33, 609-259-3502. Fifth annual art exhibit, juried by artist Marge Chavooshian, continues to October 25. Exhibit is on display Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. TAWA Open 2003, a group show of members’ work selected by E. Carmen Ramos, assistant fine arts curator at the Newark Museum. Eric Kunsman’s work "Light Source," an iris giclee print of an original photograph, wins Best in Show. Juror’s Choice Awards go to works by Connie Gray, Bill Hogan, Don Jordan, Michelle Soslau, and Maggie Zullinger. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To September 14.
Extension Gallery, 60 Sculptors Way, Mercerville, 609-890-7777. "There is More Beyond," sculpture by Joseph W. Acquah. Open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To August 28.
RF Gallery, 46 West Lafayette, Trenton, 609-695-0061. Regional artists, paintings, photography, and sculpture.
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Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588. "Alternate Dimensions" featuring recent two- and three-dimensional works by Bob Baum and B.A. Keogh. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 7.
Artsbridge, Canal Studios, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville, 609-773-0881. Drawings and photographs by Smita Rao of Doylestown, with works by Amy Glaser, Leonard Partanna, and Miriam Seiden. Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To August 31.
Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-9992. "Paintbox Summer," a solo show of oil paintings by Lisa Mahan. Open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To September 28.
Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804. Summer show include Joanne Augustine, Albert Bross, Marge Chavooshian, Tom Chesar, Mike Filipiak, Charles and Lucy McVicker, Robert Sackson, with pottery by Katherine Hackl and Ann Tsubota. Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Howard Mann Art Center, 45 North Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-2300. "Salvador Dali: Illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy," 100 woodblocks created in the 1960s. Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-1470. "Summer Scapes," a summer show of landscapes, seascapes, and urban scapes by artists from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Photographs by Nancy Ori and Laura Zito are included in the roster of invited artists. Open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 14.
Papier Sun Art Gallery, 39 North Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-9022. Artist and favorite son John McDowell Williams returns to Lambertville to take over the front gallery at Papier Sun Fine Art with a show of watercolors and oils. Regular gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Peggy Lewis Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street, 609-397-0275. "Seasons of Trees," a watercolor show by Kim Moulder. A graphic designer and potter, Moulder is a member of Artsbridge of Delaware Valley. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 12.
New Hope Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Union Square, West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-3396. Sculpture exhibition features the outdoor installation of seven large-scale works at sites around town. Host sites include Union Square, New Hope Solebury Library, the Wedgwood Inn, New Hope Historical Society, Golden Door Gallery, and New Hope Mule Barge. On view to Spring 2004.
Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-3349. Solo show by photographer Frank (Rip) Atanasio, "The Illustrated Photograph: Constructing Pictures Both in and Out of the Camera." His color prints are images are either captured or created by the lens, sometimes with multiple transparencies. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesday. To September 8.
Born in Brooklyn in 1952, Atanasio was trained in graphics and printing and worked for many years in the graphics industry. "I love to observe life," he says, "and these photos illustrate the decisive moments I have witnessed. The images are about seeing, composition, and painting with the camera. They are about looking past the mundane."
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. "The Needle’s Eye: Needlework from the Museum Collection" featuring quilts, samplers, clothing, and needlework made in New Jersey from the mid-18th to the early 20th century; on view to September 14.
Also "The Ones That Didn’t Get Away! Fossil Fish from the New Jersey State Museum," featuring the skull of a massive ancient predatory fish, Dunkleosteus, known as the "Bulldog Fish" of the Chalk Seas. Show is organized by David Parris, curator of Natural History. On extended view. "Cultures in Competition: Indians and Europeans in Colonial New Jersey," a show that traces the impact of European settlement on the native Indians’ way of life after 1600.
Also "Art by African-Americans: A Selection from the Collection;" "New Jersey’s Native Americans: The Archaeological Record;" "Delaware Indians of New Jersey;" "The Sisler Collection of North American Mammals;" "Of Rock and Fire;" "Neptune’s Architects;" "The Modernists;" "New Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and Iron;" "Historical Archaeology of Colonial New Jersey;" "Washington Crossing the Delaware."
American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Stephen Spinder: Through My Lens, Budapest and Transylvania," a collection of photographs of the Gothic spires and neo-classical facades of Budapest. Sprinder’s images of Translvania reveal powerful vestiges of an ancient culture and the preservation of Hungarian traditions, particularly its music and dance, that have changed little over time. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation. To November 9.
Creative Glass Center of America, Wheaton Village, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, 856-825-6800. "The Fellows," an exhibition celebrating CGCA’s 20th anniversary. The rotating anniversary exhibit showcases contemporary glass works by past and current CGCA fellowship recipients. On view to December 31. The show begins with a spotlight on work by 2001 and 2002 fellows who come from as close as West Orange as far as Hiroshima, Japan, and Adelaide, Australia, to study at the center. Summer hours Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wheaton Village admission $8 adult; $5 student. On view to December 31.
James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, 215-340-9800. "Japanese Prints from the Michener Collection," a selection of more than 40 ukiyo-e prints by some of the leading artists of the highly influential school. The show featuring prints from the Michener Collection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and organized by the Honolulu Academy, is on view to August 31. Summer hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Museum admission $6 adults; $3 students and children.