Wednesday, July 15, 2020


Screening Room
Summer Film Series

WHEN: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. (EDT)

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. Details are available through the links below.

Tonight join us online for Lady Bird (2017), a coming-of-age story that follows a high schooler through the trials of love, family, and self-discovery. The live Discord conversation will be led by Caroline Harris, associate director for education at the Art Museum, and Brendan Joyce, programming assistant at Renew Theaters.

Wednesday, July 15: Lady Bird (2017)
Rated R, 1 hour and 33 minutes
Directed by Greta Gerwig

Wednesday, July 22: Moonlight (2016)
Rated R, 1 hour and 51 minutes
Directed by Barry Jenkins

Collections Spotlight
Picturing Protest

As the 1960s civil rights movement and the war in Vietnam spurred protests across America, photographers transformed the visibility of collective action. The exhibition Picturing Protest, which was on view in 2018, fifty years after the watershed events of 1968, examined the visual framing of political demonstrations around the country and on Princeton’s campus. Many of these photographs became icons of social struggle; today they compel us to contemplate the capacity of protest, and of art, to imagine, interpret, and cultivate change. Explore Picturing Protest here.

Save the Date
A Garden for Solace

WHEN: Thursday, July 30, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Gardens, those plots of land that have been 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. Zoe Kwok, associate curator of Asian art, 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. James Steward, Art Museum director, will discuss Gertrude Jekyll and the Arts and Crafts garden. Details and free registration here.

Closed Captions, Open Opportunities
Real-time text on screen is now available in multiple languages

The Art Museum’s online programs now include live closed captions in multiple languages. Made possible through the Princeton University Humanities Council’s Rapid Response Grants, this effort broadens the impact of our digital experiences by increasing access to Museum programming. Read more about this work, and how to turn on closed captions in multiple languages, here.

Art Making
Drawing and Watercolor Classes

WHEN: Thursday, July 16, 8 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 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, specifically skeletal and muscular structures. Details and free registration here.

Sunday at 3 p.m. (EDT): Join our watercolor classes, also taught over Zoom. In this week’s session, we will play with dry brush technique to create texture or light and will practice creating foliage for trees. Details, free registration, and a materials list here.

In the Media
Curator Karl Kusserow in the Los Angeles Review of Books

In his recent essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books, curator of American Art, Karl Kusserow considers Charles Darwin, anthropocentrism, ecology, and the coronavirus. “There is nothing ‘most beautiful and most wonderful’ about the coronavirus, to return to Darwin’s words, but it, too, is a thing of nature,” Kusserow writes. “We cannot wish away our connection to it, any more than we can escape our connection to each other, and to the sustaining earth around us.” Find the full essay here.

Art for Families–Anytime, Anywhere
Robert Rauschenberg

Kids home? Missing the Museum? Today on our website, learn about artist Robert Rauschenberg and his "combines." Then create a collage out of found materials.


Gordon Parks, for LIFE magazine. Untitled, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963, printed 2016. Princeton University Art Museum. © The Gordon Parks Foundation
Bill Anders, Earthrise (detail), 1968. From
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
Samuel Bottschild, Seated male nude (detail), 1680. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Laura P. Hall Memorial Fund
Jane Peterson, Graduate College, Princeton University. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Borchard. © Jane Peterson
Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, 1957. Sonnabend Collection