Sunday, January 26, 2020


Late Thursdays
Annual Faculty and Staff Open House
WHEN: Thursday, January 30, 5–8 p.m.
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton NJ

Join us next Thursday evening when our 2020 student tour guides make their debut. From 5 to 8 p.m., our 10 new guides will be stationed throughout the galleries to interpret masterworks across the collections—from ancient mosaics to Andy Warhol. Princeton’s Prospect House will also offer a sampling of their most popular tastes.

Last Chance
States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing
WHEN: Through February 2

Don’t miss your last chance to see our critically acclaimed exhibition States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing. A new review in Hyperallergic says the show helps visitors “gain a deeper understanding of death and healing,” explaining that “an engaging selection of works by Leonora Carrington, Edvard Munch, Jackson Pollock, Gordon Parks, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Albrecht Dürer, and others come together to illuminate illness and healing in art. Experts in infectious diseases, disability, literature, medicine, contagion, psychology, and creative writing weigh in, in the form of short essays on the walls, responding to the 80 objects from antiquity to present day.”

Final Weeks
The Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century 
WHEN: Through February 16

“Stunning”—that’s what the Wall Street Journal calls this exhibition, which brings to life the art of the feast during three transformative Chinese dynasties. Focusing on a rare group of paintings—along with ceramic, lacquer, metal, and stone objects as well as textiles—the exhibition explores one of the most enduring and significant facets of the Chinese tradition: the continuum between life and the afterlife. Save the date for our exhibition-inspired events: a guest lecture about food symbolism in mid-20th-century China to be held Thursday, February 6, and our Lunar New Year Celebration with music, dance, and traditional cuisine on Saturday, February 8.

In the News
New Portraits Honor African Americans on Campus

Center of Creation—newly on view in our gallery of American art—is one of a series of portraits by painter Mario Moore that portray African American staff across campus. The body of work has garnered attention from CBS, BBC, The Observer, News 12, and CNN, the last of which says the work offers “a fresh perspective on the working class, racial struggle and empowerment.”

Community Event

Homeschool Week
WHEN: January 28–31, 11 a.m–2 p.m.

The homeschool community is invited to join us next week, Tuesday through Friday, for free self-guided, interactive tours followed by related art projects. Each day has a different theme. All ages are welcome; no tickets or reservations are needed.

Tuesday, January 28 | Africa 
Wednesday, January 29 | American Portraiture
Thursday, January 30 | Ancient Greece 
Friday, January 31 | The Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century

    Image credits
    • Eric Avery, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2000. Linoleum block print over lithograph. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University Library. © Eric Avery
    • Chinese, Liao dynasty, 907–1125, Coffin Box Panel: Preparing for an Outdoor Banquet (detail), 10th–early 11th century. Wood with lacquer-based pigment. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund (1995-86)
    • Mario Moore (American, born 1987), Center of Creation (Michael), 2019. Oil on linen. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase