Wednesday, April 15, 2020

New at the Princeton University Art Museum

Late Thursdays: Live Webinar
Collecting Asian Art at Princeton
Thursday, April 16, 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a live online lecture hosted by Zoe Kwok, associate curator of Asian art. Collecting Asian art in the West has a long and storied history that closely parallels shifts in trade patterns, diplomatic relations, and fashion. Zoe will discuss the Museum's renowned collection of Asian art and introduce highlights from China and Japan. Stream it free tomorrow, Thursday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. Details here.

Late Thursdays: Art Making
Drawing Landscapes
Thursday, April 16, 8 p.m.

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free live online art-making experiences, to be held Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. These weekly drawing classes will be taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom, so participants can join live from their home computers. Techniques will emphasize drawing with pen or pencil on paper. Each week’s lesson will feature works from the Art Museum’s collections and will relate to the Museum’s weekly online curatorial lecture.

Thursday, April 16, the class will focus on drawing landscapes inspired by the Chinese paintings that Zoe Kwok, associate curator of Asian art, will address in her lecture at 5:30 p.m. Check our website for upcoming themes and to find the live link to join the class.

Live Webinar
LIFE Magazine's Photojournalism and the American Century?
Wednesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m.

Join us next Wednesday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. for a live online roundtable held in conjunction with the exhibition Life Magazine and the Power of Photography. Hear Princeton faculty members and the prize-winning documentary photographer Susan Meiselas discuss how Life used photographs in its weekly publication from 1936 to 1972 as a way to establish its view of the world as a first draft of history. Made possible in part by support from the Humanities Council’s David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project, Princeton University.

Screening Room
Collaboration with Yale Reveals Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Photography Processes

The Art Museum’s retrospective of the pioneering photographer Clarence H. White (1871–1925) inspired a collaboration with the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, which led to this ten-minute video. The project drew students, researchers, and curators from across both universities and from numerous disciplines to analyze the experimental techniques that took place during the “Pictorialism” period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Save the Date
Keating Lecture with Architect Sir David Adjaye
Thursday, April 30, 5:30 p.m.

Join us Thursday, April 30, for a richly illustrated and timely conversation between Sir David Adjaye, the architect designing a new home for the Princeton University Art Museum, and Museum Director James Steward. In this live online event, the two will discuss the power of architecture—its capacities to offer solace, to convey grace, to shape place, and even to improve the world. Participants will have the opportunity to put forward questions at the conclusion of the conversation.

Museum Store

The Museum Store wants to help families spend quality time together as they hunker down in their homes. We have many educational toys and creative items for kids of all ages. To complement the exhibition Life Magazine and the Power of Photography, the Store has a wonderful selection of space-related puzzles, coloring books, playing cards, and drawing sets. E-mail museumstore@princeton.edu to place your order. We'll pop a package in the mail by the next day. We ship worldwide.

Image credits
Li Gongnian, Chinese, Northern Song dynasty, 960–1127, Winter Evening Landscape (detail), ca. 1120. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of DuBois Schanck Morris, Class of 1893

Zhao Mengfu, Chinese, Yuan dynasty, 1260–1368, The Mind Landscape of Xie Youyu (detail), ca. 1287. Princeton University Art Museum. Edward L. Elliott Family Collection. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund

American soldiers on the front lines read Life during World War II, 1944. Photographer unknown. LIFE Picture Collection