Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 News from the Princeton University Art Museum


A New Museum for Princeton
Explore Our Just-Unveiled Designs


Today we revealed the designs for a bold and welcoming new Art Museum building, anticipated to open in late 2024. Overseen by Art Museum Director James Steward and designed by the world-renowned Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye and his firm Adjaye Associates, the new building will roughly double space for the conservation, study, and interpretation of the Museum’s globe-spanning collections, for mounting exhibitions, and for a new range of social spaces and visitor amenities. The design embodies our long-standing commitment to serve as a hub and a gathering place, a nexus for the arts and humanities—a metaphor for the college campus at its best—that affords encounters with cultures past and present from around the world and seeks to foster stronger citizenship among our University, local, and global communities. Click here to read more and see the very first images of the design.


Panel Discussion
Behind the Iconic Images in Life Magazine
Thursday, September 24, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Join us for a live webinar roundtable with contributors to the publication Life Magazine and the Power of Photography as they discuss some of the magazine’s most recognizable, beloved, and controversial pictures based on new archival research. These scholars will consider how and why such images—including Alfred Eisenstaedt's V-J Day in Times Square and film stills of JFK's assassination—gained iconic status after first appearing in Life magazine. Details and free registration here.


Artist Talk
SAB Presents: A Conversation with Howardena Pindell

Friday, September 25, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)


The Art Museum’s Student Advisory Board welcomes Howardena Pindell, a leader whose career broke ground for women and artists of color through both her own artwork and her work as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art. Pindell’s art addresses such social issues as war, genocide, sexism, and xenophobia. Pindell will be in conversation with Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Rhys Drout ’22, SAB’s VP of Public Programs. Details and free registration here.

Members Event
Sculpture and the Spirit of the University: Princeton's Commitment to Public Art

Wednesday, September 30, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)


Chief Curator Juliana Ochs Dweck will showcase highlights from the Campus Art Collections, including details on how commissioned works of public art were made and installed and how their presence and meaning are constantly reinterpreted.

Registration is required to attend this virtual event, open exclusively to members. If you are not currently a member, set up your free membership.

Save the Date
Curatorial Conversation with Paula Wilson

Thursday, October 1, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)


Multimedia artist Paula Wilson uses sculpture, collage, painting, installation, and printmaking to create monumental works and installation environments that narrate her experience as a biracial Black woman. Join the artist, along with Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, for a conversation about Wilson’s process and its relationship to the artist residencies she cofounded in Carrizozo, New Mexico. With an introduction by Martha Friedman, Director of the Program in Visual Arts. Presented in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts. Details and free registration here.

Image credits 
© Adjaye Associates

Alfred Eisenstaedt, Detail of a contact sheet with photographs of Times Square, New York City, August 1945. LIFE Picture Collection. ©1945 The Picture Collection Inc. All rights reserved. 
Photo by Nathan Keay
Alexander Calder, Five Disks: One Empty, 1969–70. Princeton University Art Museum. The John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University © 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS),
Photo by Mario Gallucci