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Photographer Vik Muniz is best known for his
re-creations of seminal artworks using everyday materials, including
images torn from magazines, pieces of junk, and powdered pigments. Muniz
will discuss his career, creative process, and latest production
in the face of the pandemic. His ongoing series Postcards
from Nowhere was recently published in a two-volume set
by Aperture. The artist will be introduced by Museum Director James Steward. Details and free
Art Making Drawing from the Collections: Capturing
Thursday, November 12, 8
The Art Museum is
partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to offer free
weekly art-making classes taught over Zoom, so participants can join live
from home. A variety of media and techniques will be explored using
readily available materials. Each lesson features works from the Museum’s
This week’s class is inspired by Edgar Degas’s Dancers. Degas painted, drew, and sculpted
ballerinas frequently, capturing their energy and movement. He
experimented with unusual viewpoints and often cut figures off at the
edge of the canvas, helping to create the impression of dancers in
motion. In this class we will explore techniques for depicting movement.
Details and free registration here.
Faculty Panel Displaced, Erased, Unseen: Representations of Latinx Bodies in
Friday, November 13, 2 p.m. (EST)
Join us for a live
webinar roundtable with Princeton scholars from across disciplines as
they consider strategies used by Latinx artists to combat the social and
political forces that obscure the lived experiences of marginalized
communities. The panelists will engage with recent scholarship and
discuss works by Latin American artists that are now in the Museum’s
collections. Panelists include Javier Guerrero, Department of Spanish
and Portuguese and director of Undergraduate Studies; Susana Draper, Comparative Literature;
and Christina León, English. Moderated
by Beth Gollnick, curatorial associate in
Photography and Modern and Contemporary Art. Details and free registration
Conversation Walker Evans: Starting from Scratch
Wednesday, November 18, 6 p.m. (EST)
In her new book, Walker Evans: Starting from Scratch,
renowned art historian Svetlana Alpers explores how Walker
Evans made his distinctive photographs. Delving into a lavish selection
of Evans’s work, she uncovers rich parallels between the photographer's
creative approach and those of numerous literary and cultural figures.
Alpers is joined by Katherine Bussard, the Art Museum’s
Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography. Presented in partnership with
Labyrinth Books. Details hereand free registration here.
Save the Date Picturing Pandemics: From the Distant Past to the Recent Present
Friday, November 20, 2 p.m. (EST)
Throughout history and across cultures,
art has played a fundamental role in addressing infectious diseases and
their effects on individuals and society. The Museum’s exhibition States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing
examined eighty works of globe-spanning art that collectively
illuminate the role art plays in shaping our perceptions and experiences
of illness and healing. Princeton Alumni Weekly
explores the exhibition in its recent cover story.
Join us on Friday, November 20, for a live online program in which Bryan Just, Peter Jay Sharp, Class of
1952, Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas; Laura Giles, Heather and Paul G. Haaga
Jr., Class of 1970, Curator of Prints and Drawings; Veronica White, Curator of Academic
Programs; and Robbie LeDesma, a Princeton graduate student in Molecular
Biology, discuss objects in the Museum’s collections related to
pandemics, ranging from the ancient Americas to contemporary times.
Details and free registration here.
Student Volunteers Applications Now Open
the Art Museum’s next group of Student Advisory Board members are due
November 22. Your participation helps ensure that student voices are
always a part of the Museum conversation. Details here.
Vik Muniz; courtesy of the artist
Edgar Degas, Dancers, ca. 1899. Princeton
University Art Museum. Bequest of Henry K. Dick, Class of 1909
Teresa Margolles, Scarlett, Pista de Baile del Club “La Cruda”
(Scarlett, dance floor from the club “La Cruda”), 2016. Princeton University
Art Museum. Gift of James Cohan, New York
Maya, Late Classic, Chak Chel (Great Rainbow), A.D.
600–800. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of J. Lionberger Davis, Class