Saturday, March 28, 2020

New at the Princeton University Art Museum

Princeton University Art Museum Temporarily Closed to Visitors

Although our building is temporarily closed to the public, we are committed to serving our varied communities through this time of uncertainty. To that end, we are enhancing our online offerings to reflect the simultaneous desire for normalcy and the reality of living in an extraordinary time. We are guided by the belief that the experience of great art can be a source of solace, comfort, and renewal and can offer reminders of the best of what we as humans are capable.

Museum staff continue to work hard to assure that great art can be a part of daily life, and they look forward to sharing new resources, digital programming, and insights with you regularly. Read on for the first of these.

Recommended Reading

As many of us find ourselves with unexpected days at home, and fewer options outside the home, Museum Director James Steward has shaped the first installment of his new Bookshelf, a list of great books ranging from art books to books on thriving in the digital age.

Catalogues for the Art Museum’s two recently opened special exhibitions, Life Magazine and the Power of Photography and Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings, along with related books and products, can be mailed to your home. The Museum Store’s two locations are also temporarily closed to visitors, but you can email museumstore@princeton.edu to place your order. Need suggestions and personal shopping advice? We can help with that too. Please include your phone number, and we will call you back to advise and to process your order. Shipping is available worldwide.

In the News
Life Magazine and the Power of Photography

Even though our galleries are closed to visitors, you can still explore Life Magazine and the Power of Photography through recent coverage by the BBC and Princeton Alumni Weekly. And take a virtual visit to Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings through this review in Antiques and the Arts, which explains, “For Cézanne, nature itself was not only science and structure but also myth and miracle, the observable here and now but also the whole history of time writ large, and that every work of art he created is a small attempt to document and honor that vast phenomenon.”

Art Online

Engage in art-making virtually with friends and family. Visit our website and explore our online collections. Many of our self-guided family activities can be done from home. 

Virtual Event

Painting the Mountains
WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 5:30 p.m.

Join us live online as a panel of scholars considers Paul Cézanne’s interest in rock formations in relation to emerging ideas about geography and geology in nineteenth-century France. Held in conjunction with Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings, the event features Faya Causey, independent scholar; Graham Burnett, professor of history at Princeton; and Göran Blix, associate professor of French and Italian at Princeton. Moderated by Associate Director for Education Caroline Harris. Details will be available here.

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Image credits
Robert S. Duncanson, Untitled (Landscape), late 1850s. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Kathleen Compton Sherrerd Fund for Acquisitions in American Art and Mary Trumbull Adams Art Fund
Unknown Italian artist, Putto with a book, 17th century. Princeton University Art Museum. Bequest of Dan Fellows Platt, Class of 1895
J. R. Eyerman, Audience watches movie wearing 3-D spectacles, 1952. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Howard Greenberg Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated by the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust. © 1952 The Picture Collection Inc. All rights reserved.
Claude Monet, Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge, 1899. Princeton University Art Museum. From the Collection of William Church Osborn, Class of 1883, trustee of Princeton University (1914–1951), president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; given by his family
Paul Cézanne, Trees and Rocks, 1900–1904. Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee. Museum purchase from Cornelia Ritchie and Ritchie Trust No. 4