Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New at the Princeton University Art Museum

A Vital Legacy
In conjunction with Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity

WHEN: September 19–September 20
Princeton Univ. Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

Join us tomorrow evening and Friday morning for a series of scholarly conversations among artists and art historians on the continuing influence, interest, and impact of mid-twentieth-century abstraction. Tomorrow, hear master printmaker Kenneth Tyler in conversation with renowned curator Ruth Fine. Friday morning artists and art historians explore how abstraction became and remains a vital practice in contemporary art.

Now on View
Celebrating Black Artists 

Our new self-guided tour leads visitors to a selection of works in the galleries by black artists. Pick up a copy at the information desk through this weekend and follow it to works currently on view, including To Be Sold by Titus Kaphar and Friends by Elizabeth Catlett.

Just Opened

Art@Bainbridge, the Museum’s new gallery project on Nassau Street for work by emerging contemporary artists, opened its doors on Saturday to welcome more than a thousand friends from across the community. Festivities included a ribbon cutting by University President Christopher Eisgruber, Mayor Liz Lempert, Art Museum Director James Steward, and Princeton Merchants Association President Jack Morrison. Art@Bainbridge is now open daily, featuring the work of Jordan Nassar.

Exhibition Tour and Reception
Legacy: Selections from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection

WHEN: Friday, September 27, 4 p.m.

Gillett G. Griffin, who taught at Princeton for more than fifty years, collected many masterpieces and helped the Museum build one of the world’s finest collections of the arts of the ancient Americas. This guided tour of Legacy: Selections from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection examines Greek, Roman, Egyptian, ancient Near Eastern, Islamic, African, Chinese, Japanese, and Pre-Columbian art and artifacts that Griffin bequeathed to the Museum. The tour will be led by Caroline Harris, Diane W. and James E. Burke Associate Director for Education. A reception in the galleries will follow.

Save the Date
Cocktails and Curators
WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 6 p.m.

Graduate students from all departments are invited to join Museum curators for a relaxed evening of artful and art-full conversation in the galleries. Refreshments, including wine and a special cocktail, will be served. At 6:15 p.m. choose between curator-led tours of the art of the ancient Americas, Asian art, and the exhibition Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity; at 7 p.m. join a tour of highlights from across the collections.

The Princeton Singers: Infinite Variety

WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Princeton Singers complement the Art Museum’s exhibition Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity with an exploration of the infinite variety of colors available to composers as they explore a kaleidoscopic canvas of sounds. Featuring the music of Steve Reich, John Cage, David Whitaker, and others.

Tickets at

Helen Frankenthaler, Madame Butterfly, 2000. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York
Elizabeth Catlett, Friends, 1944. Princeton University Art Museum. © Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Late Formative, Xochipala, Central Mexico, Guerrero, 400 B.C.–A.D. 200. Standing woman. Princeton University Art Museum. Bequest of Gillett G. Griffin. Photo by John Bigelow Taylor
Larry Fink, Club Cornich, New York City, February 1977. Gift of M. Robin Krasny, Class of 1973. © Larry Fink