Sunday, August 11, 2019


Mourning Morrison
Princeton Honors Toni Morrison's Legacy

“Teaching is the second best thing to writing for me,” Toni Morrison told a packed audience on campus in 2012. “What a pleasure it is and how truly intellectually exciting it is to teach at Princeton.”

To honor this extraordinary woman who joined the Princeton faculty in 1989 and taught in the humanities and African American studies, the Art Museum facilitated the commission of Morrison’s portrait in 2017—the first in Princeton’s Campus Iconography Portrait Initiative. Today we mourn her loss.

“Toni Morrison’s brilliant vision, inspired creativity, and unique voice have reshaped American culture and the world’s literary tradition,” said Princeton President Eisgruber. “Her magnificent works will continue to light a path forward for generations of readers and authors. She revised this University, too. Through her scholarly leadership in creative writing and African American studies, and through her mentorship of students and her innovative teaching, she has inscribed her name permanently and beautifully upon the tapestry of Princeton’s campus and history. We are fortunate that this marvelous writer made Princeton her home, and we will miss her dearly.” (Above: Paul Wyse, after a photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Toni Morrison (aka Chloe Anthony Wofford), 2017. Princeton University)

New Acquisition
Rembrandt's Three Trees

The Art Museum recently acquired Landscape with Three Trees by the Dutch Baroque master Rembrandt van Rijn. Of the artist’s twenty-six recorded landscape etchings, Three Trees is the largest and most elaborate. In 1751 Edmé-François Gersaint, the French connoisseur who compiled one of the earliest known catalogues of Rembrandt's prints, stated: “This Landscape is one of the most beautiful and most finished that Rembrandt made.” Museum Director James Stewart has said, “The artist’s rare work in landscape is perhaps his most prized, and we believe this to be one of the greatest works of landscape art in the European tradition, so we are delighted to have been able to acquire it.”

Rembrandt van Rijn, Landscape with Three Trees, 1643. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund and Laura P. Hall Memorial Fund in memory of the Museum’s dear friend and benefactor David A. Tierno

Exhibition Tour
Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity

WHEN: Sunday, August 18, 3 p.m.
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton (Tours meet at the entrance to the Museum.)

Dive deeper into one of the Museum's special exhibitions with a free docent-led tour. This Sunday docent Judy Langille will discuss Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity.

Helen Frankenthaler, Deep Sun, 1983. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Bedford Village, New York