Wednesday, May 20, 2020

News from the Princeton University Art Museum

Late Thursdays
Multimedia Artist Cristóbal Martínez 
Thursday, May 21, 5:30 p.m.

Multimedia artist Cristóbal Martínez, chair of the Art and Technology Program at the San Francisco Art Institute, joins Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, for a conversation about his practice as a member of the Indigenous artist collectives Postcommodity, Radio Healer, and Red Culebra and the lessons interdisciplinary, collaborative, and socially engaged art can offer in the context of the present moment. With an introduction by Martha Friedman, Director of the Program in Visual Arts, Lewis Center for the Arts. Presented in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts.

Late Thursdays: Art Making
Drawing: Find Your Voice

Thursday, May 21, 8 p.m.

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free online art-making experiences. Weekly classes are taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom, so participants can join from their home computers; techniques emphasize drawing with pen or pencil on paper. Tomorrow’s lesson will focus on finding your voice as an artist.

Members Event
Inside the Curator's Office: Acquiring Asian Art
Tuesday, May 26, 2 p.m.

To celebrate our annual May Is Membership Month—and our free six-month memberships—members are invited to this special online event. Join us as Associate Curator of Asian Art Zoe Kwok looks at recent acquisitions in Asian art, including objects from China, Japan, and South Asia. Listen to the fascinating stories of each object, including how they were acquired. Not a member yet? We’re now offering a six-month membership, free of charge! Click here to enroll. Then watch your email for the invitation to this online event.

Save the Date
An Art Historical Tasting: Food and Drink in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art 
Thursday, May 28, 5:30 p.m.

Representations of food and drink in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art were multifaceted: Food could reference the divine, greed, rowdy behavior, fertility, sustenance, or simply the satisfaction of eating a good meal. Artists further embraced imaginative approaches to decorating objects used for serving or containing food and drink. Veronica White, curator of academic programs, will give you a taste of artworks from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including works from the Museum’s collections.

Enjoy thoughtfully prepared Italian cuisine from downtown Princeton proprietors to accompany this lecture. Chef Michael Moriello at La Mezzaluna has designed a menu for the event, and next door, Public Wine, Beer and Spirits will recommend wine pairings specific to your taste and budget. For pre-lecture pickup, please place your orders with La Mezzaluna (609.688.8515) and Public Wine, Beer and Spirits (609.924.0750) by Tuesday, May 26.

Screening Room
Life Magazine and the Power of Photography
Video shorts

Our galleries are temporarily closed, but now you can visit the special exhibition Life Magazine and the Power of Photography virtually. Click here (then scroll to the bottom of the page) to watch our new video shorts in which Katherine Bussard, Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, discusses various objects and themes in the exhibition.

Collections Spotlight
Princeton's Medical Anthropology

Princeton University students in the course Medical Anthropology have launched a new website to critically analyze the multifaceted medical, social, and political-economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The website is also a dynamic library of audio-visual and academic resources exploring how anthropology and the humanities can deepen our understanding of disease, the body politic, healthcare, viral economies, caregiving, and medical ethics, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. The Humanities Council, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the VizE Lab have sponsored this creative initiative.

Art for Families—Anytime, Anywhere

Kids home? Missing the Museum? We’re sharing art education opportunities online that families can enjoy anywhere. This week, learn about the artist Amedeo Modigliani and download a children’s activity inspired by his portraits.