Saturday, July 4, 2020

News from the Princeton University Art Museum

Save the Date
In Conversation with Mario Moore and James Steward
Tuesday, July 7, 7–8:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 7, hear artist Mario Moore in conversation with Museum Director James Steward, part of the Arts Council of Princeton’s “In Conversation” series of discussions designed to celebrate and connect those who make art and those who love art. As a 2018–19 Hodder Fellow in Visual Arts at Princeton, Moore painted portraits of members of the University’s workforce, particularly African Americans. The Art Museum acquired a number of Moore’s works, including Center of Creation (Michael) and Stay Woke. Breaking down the barriers between artist and art appreciator, “In Conversation” delves into inspiration, studio practice, and artistic aspirations. Details and free registration here.

"We Roar" Podcast
With Museum Director James Steward

On a recent episode of Princeton’s We Roar” podcast, Museum Director James Steward considers how Covid-19 has presented museums with an existential crisis, and how the pivot to digital experiences provides an opportunity to rethink many assumptions—including new ways to diversify content while improving access and inclusion. Listen here.

Art Making
Thursday Drawing Class & Launch of Sunday Watercolor Classes

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free weekly art classes taught live over Zoom, so participants can join from their home computers, using pen or pencil on paper. Lessons feature artworks from the Museum’s collections.

In this week’s drawing class, Thursday night at 8 p.m. EDT, we will look at the underlying grids that artists use as guides and then practice making compositions that take a drawing from good to great. Details and free registration here.

And starting this Sunday at 3 p.m. EDT, join our new series of watercolor classes, also taught over Zoom. In this first session, we will explore the properties of the paint and ways to create spontaneous moments. Find details and a materials list here.

Screening Room
Virtual Tour of Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

While our galleries remain temporarily closed, a new twenty-minute video, hosted by curator John Elderfield, explores Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings, the first major exhibition to examine the revolutionary French painter’s profound interest in rock and geological formations. Click here to watch the virtual tour.

Art for Families–Anytime, Anywhere
Wassily Kandinsky

Kids home? Missing the Museum? Today on our website, children are invited to look closely at a 1903 painting by Wassily Kandinsky, who was especially interested in the way color could be used to convey emotions and feelings. Use our Family Activity to consider the painting and to make a Kandinsky-inspired cone-shaped hat at home.

Collections Spotlight

Multitudes, an installation of works from the Art Museum’s collections of Modern and Contemporary Art, explores the expressive power of accretion, amalgamation, repetition, and collaborative practice across varied media.

Image credits
Mario Moore in his studio. Courtesy of the artist
Attributed to Claude Lorrain, Coast View. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Frank Jewett Mather Jr.
Ellen Robbins, Marsh Marigolds (detail), 1891. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Stuart P. Feld, Class of 1957, and Mrs. Feld
Wassily Kandinsky, Promenade (Sketch), 1903. Princeton University Art Museum. Bequest of Sophie Goldberg Bargmann and Valentine Bargmann
Vik Muniz, Narcissus, 2005. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, David L. Meginnity, Class of 1958, Fund Art © Vik Muniz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY