Thursday, July 23, 2020


Screening Room
Summer Film Series: Moonlight (2016)
Wednesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.

This summer, the Art Museum and the Princeton Garden Theatre are partnering to offer a series of films that reflect on hope and the human condition. Watch through Netflix, iTunes, or Amazon Prime Video beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and chat with us live on Discord while you watch. Tonight join us for Moonlight (2016), in which the main character grapples with his identity. The live Discord conversation will be led by James Steward, director of the Art Museum, and Brendan Joyce, programming assistant at Renew Theaters.

Exhibitions Spotlight
The pages of Life magazine unfold across academic disciplines

A new article on the Princeton University homepage explores how recent courses, ranging from anthropology and politics to engineering and English, integrated teaching from the special exhibition Life Magazine and the Power of Photography. Through gallery displays that shed new light on the collaborative process behind the magazine’s photo-essays, students were transported to iconic and everyday moments in twentieth-century American history. Read the full story here and take a virtual tour of the exhibition here.

n the News
Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

In this new article, a curator at the Royal Academy examines Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings, considering how Paul Cézanne’s Provençal landscapes broke new ground with their blend of art and geology. She writes, “As an artist for whom the structure of his compositions was fundamental, it is not surprising that he should engage profoundly with the geological structure of landscape itself. These works bring together many of his most enduring philosophical and pictorial concerns: a sense of timelessness, the transience of nature as well as its permanence, the rendering of space, and the equivocal relationship between surface and depth that would so influence the development of modern art in the early twentieth century.” Read the full article here.

Art Making
Drawing and Watercolor Classes

Thursday, July 23, 8 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 3 p.m.

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

Thursday at 8 p.m. (EDT)
This week’s drawing class explores anatomy, in particular, faces. Details and free registration here.

Sunday at 3 p.m. (EDT)
Join our watercolor classes, also taught over Zoom. This week’s session will explore using a paint called gouache to get lighter tones as well as how to use a resist. Details, free registration, and a materials list here.

Save the Date
A Garden for Solace

Thursday, July 30, 5:30 p.m.

Gardens, nurtured and formed by the human hand, have found appeal as places of solitary or group refuge, renewal, and enjoyment by societies across the globe and throughout history. This panel examines gardens and garden culture from a cross-cultural perspective, illuminating the high esteem bestowed on these constructed forms of nature. Associate Curator of Asian Art Zoe Kwok will discuss how the history of gardens and garden art in China illustrates a culture that has long embraced nature as an extension of self. Art Museum Director James Steward will discuss Gertrude Jekyll and the Arts and Crafts garden. Betsy G. Fryberger, McMurtry Curator of Prints and Drawings Emerita at the Cantor Center at Stanford University, will explore Italian gardens of the late sixteenth and the early seventeenth century, including several Medici gardens and Villa d’Este at Tivoli. Elizabeth Allan, deputy director and curator at the Morven Museum and Garden, will present on the Morven's gardens, from their pre-Revolutionary origins to their reimagining as a twentieth-century colonial revival garden. Moderated by Caroline Harris, associate director for education.

Details and free registration here.

Art for Families—Anytime, Anywhere
Jacob Lawrence: The Shape of Things

Kids home? Missing the Museum? Today on our website, families can explore geometric and organic shapes in Jacob Lawrence’s art and then make their own Lawrence-inspired collages at home.

Image credits
Exhibition images, right: Burt Glinn, “Mock-up of Nikita Khrushchev in front of the Lincoln Memorial,” 1959. LIFE Picture Collection. © Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos; left: Katherine Bussard (with glasses, gesturing), Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, and Kat Reischl (brown sweater), assistant professor Slavic languages and literatures, explore the photo-essay layout process with their students during one of several visits their class made to the exhibition. Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications
Paul Cezanne, L'Estaque, 1879–83. The Museum of Modern Art. The William S. Paley Collection
Walter Fryer Stocks, Mrs. Fanny Eaton (detail), ca. 1859. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Surdna Fund
Francis Orville Libby, Northern Lights (detail). Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Carl Otto von Kienbusch, Class of 1906, for the Carl Otto von Kienbusch Jr. Memorial Collection. © Estate of Francis Orville Libby
Chinese, Ming dynasty, 1368–1644, Elegant Gathering in the Western Garden (detail), undated. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of DuBois Schanck Morris, Class of 1893
Jacob Lawrence, The 1920’s . . . The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots, 1974, printed 1975. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Lorillard, a Division of Loews Theatres, Inc. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York