Saturday, August 15, 2020

 News from the Princeton University Art Museum

We hope that you are well during this challenging time. Today, we write to share the Museum’s plans for the coming months, guided by our continued commitment to the health of our students, faculty, staff, community neighbors, and visitors.

As you may have read, Princeton University announced last Friday that the undergraduate program will be fully remote for the fall semester. The Museum will therefore also continue serving our audiences virtually, and our galleries will remain closed to visitors until at least January 1, 2021. The galleries at Art@Bainbridge will also remain closed until further notice.

The Museum will, however, take requests for in-person appointments from Princeton University faculty and students who are authorized to be on campus this fall and need access to the collections for research and teaching. These requests will be subject to Museum approval, will be limited in number, and will regrettably not be available to scholars or others from outside the University.

We know this news will come as a disappointment to many. We share that disappointment. There is no substitute for experiencing great works of art in the original nor for the solace, escape, and joy that such experiences can afford. Even so, we remain steadfastly committed to serving all of our audiences with robust and burgeoning digital programs; indeed, in the face of this evolving situation, we are doubling down on our commitment to expanding the range and diversity of our offerings, including presenting new digital exhibitions, new program formats, and new guest voices.

Although we are unable to welcome you back into our galleries this fall, we hope you will enjoy our expanding portfolio of digital experiences, including live online lectures and conversations; video exhibition tours; Art for Families; art-making classes from home; and other participatory forums, such as the first-ever all-digital Nassau Street Sampler on September 3.

As we all know, the situation remains quite fluid, and we encourage you to visit the Museum’s website and social media channels regularly for updates. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support. 

Late Thursdays

Landscape, Campus, and Community

Thursday, August 13, 5:30 p.m. (EDT) 

James Corner, the landscape architect for the current generation of projects at Princeton University, will join Ron McCoy, Princeton’s University Architect, in a conversation about the role of landscape in the design of cities and the campus. Moderated by Museum Director James Steward. Details and free registration here

Members Event

End of an Era: Life Magazine's Final Decade

Tuesday, August 18, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Join us for an exclusive members-only online event with the curators of Life Magazine and the Power of Photography, who will discuss the role photography played in the weekly magazine during the years leading up to its final issue in 1972. Focusing on Life’s last decade, this talk will look specifically at how the magazine portrayed some of the tumultuous events of the 1960s, including the civil rights movement, the assassination of President Kennedy, the war in Vietnam, and the 1969 moon landing.
Registration is required to attend this virtual event, open exclusively to members. If you are already a member, click here to register now. If you are not currently a member, click here for your free membership. 

Late Thursdays

A Giant Glittering Dome of Stars: Ansel Adams and the Value of Wilderness

Thursday, August 20, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Ansel Adams arrived in Yosemite as a fourteen-year-old tourist in a wilderness wonderland; over the next ten years of exploration he cemented a meaningful and lifelong connection to the natural world that informed both his environmentalism and his photography. Rebecca Senf, author of the recent Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams, will talk about the photographer's experiences and how they can be seen in his artwork. Moderated by Katherine A. Bussard, Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography. Details and free registration here

Save the Date

Curatorial Conversation with Artist Rose B. Simpson

Tuesday, August 25, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Rose B. Simpson—whose work encompasses ceramic sculpture, metalwork, fashion, performance, music, custom cars, and writing—will join us from her home studio in Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, for a conversation with Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. They will discuss Simpson’s practice and her philosophy on the role of her art in the world. Martha Friedman, Director of Visual Arts at the Lewis Center, will moderate the session, part of the series “Contemporary Conversations: Artistic Practice in Response to the Present.” The series is offered through a partnership between the Art Museum and the Lewis Center for the Arts. Details and free registration here.  

Save the Date

Nassau Street Sampler: A Virtual Festival

Thursday, September 3, 4–11 p.m. (EDT) 

Celebrate the beginning of the fall semester and an exciting new year of programs at the Art Museum. This year’s Nassau Street Sampler, held virtually, will feature live and prerecorded offerings, including Lotería, trivia, art making, student performances, an art re-creation contest, and a virtual dance party. Members of the Princeton community and beyond will come together for this signature Museum event! Details and free registration here.


Enter Our Contest

Art Re-Creation Challenge

Celebrate art and creativity by entering the Art Museum’s Art Re-Creation Challenge. Re-create your favorite artwork using household items, people, pets, food, and more. The more imaginative, the better! Submissions are due Sunday, August 30, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Entries will be judged live via a Zoom webinar on Thursday, September 3, at 7 p.m. (EDT), during the virtual Nassau Street Sampler. Details here.

Art for Families—Anytime, Anywhere

Georgia O'Keeffe

Kids home? Missing the Museum? Today on our website, families can explore artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her paintings and then make their own O’Keeffe-inspired craft at home.

Image credits 
Neil Armstrong, Cover of Life, special edition, August 11, 1969. LIFE Picture Collection. © 1969 The Picture Collection Inc. All rights reserved

Ansel Adams, Leaves, Owen's Valley, 1940. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of David H. McAlpin, Class of 1920

Paul Cezanne, L'Estaque, 1879–83. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The William S. Paley Collection

Left: art re-creation submitted by Cara Bramson; right: School of Guercino, Bust of a bearded man wearing a plumed helmet. Princeton University Art Museum. Bequest of Dan Fellows Platt, Class of 1895

Georgia O’Keeffe, Narcissa’s Last Orchid, 1940. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of David H. McAlpin, Class of 1920