Thursday, January 7, 2021

News from the Princeton University Art Museum


Artist Talk
Duane Michals

Thursday, January 7, 5:30 p.m. (EST)


Widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and the essential use of text in his images, Duane Michals is one of the great photographic innovators of the last century, and his work appears in the virtual exhibition The Eclectic Eye: A Tribute to Duane Wilder. In this live event, rescheduled from an earlier fall date, Michals will lead a candid discussion touching on topics such as metaphysics, personal identity, the nature of memory, photography, and filmmaking in conversation with Museum Director James Steward. Details and free registration here.

Life Magazine and the Power of Photography Publication
Named Alfred H Barr Jr. Award Finalist


We are delighted that Life Magazine and the Power of Photography, published in conjunction with the Art Museum’s 2020 exhibition of the same name, is a finalist for the prestigious Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award, presented by the College Art Association of America. Edited by Katherine A. Bussard, the Museum’s Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, and Kristen Gresh, the Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the publication is the first comprehensive consideration of Life’s groundbreaking and influential contribution to the history of photography. Featuring texts by twenty-five scholars, the book draws on unprecedented access to the magazine’s archives and presents previously unpublished materials that shed new light on the editorial processes behind many now-iconic images and photo-essays. The book is available for purchase here, and we invite you to explore the exhibition online here.

Members Event
Art Museum Trivia Night

Wednesday, January 13, 7 p.m. (EST)


Join fellow Museum members near and far to play live online trivia! You can play as an individual, with your household, or as a team with friends online anywhere. Three trivia rounds will test players’ knowledge of Princeton lore, the Art Museum’s collections, and pop culture. Registration is open exclusively to members. If you are not currently a member, set up your free membership. Details and free registration here.

Save the Date
Writing Workshop | A Long Look at Love: Venus and Amor by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Thursday, January 21, 5:30 p.m. (EST)


An art object asks us to reply to it: It returns our gaze, and it compels action and reaction from us. In this interactive writing workshop, we will discover that a slower, closer look at Cranach's complex mythographic portrait of Venus and Amor exposes an extraordinary range of subjects. We will examine and engage these subjects through a guided program of prompts, writing our responses to Cranach's work. Presented by Sarah M. Anderson, lecturer in English, the Medieval Studies Program, and the Freshman Seminar Program, Princeton University. Details and free registration here.

Online Exhibition
The Eclectic Eye: A Tribute to Duane Wilder


When does someone who enjoys living with art become a collector? Duane Wilder, Class of 1951, assembled compellingly diverse collections, which he donated and lent to the Princeton University Art Museum during his lifetime and at his death. Our online exhibition The Eclectic Eye gathers works from a lifetime of collecting and pays tribute to a man who gave generously of his time as well, having served on the Museum’s Advisory Council for nearly forty years. Read Museum Director James Steward’s tribute to Duane Wilder here.

Museum Store
Soft Knit Scarves


The Museum Store offers exhibition-inspired keepsakes, art publicationsjewelrygifts for children, and distinctive works by artisans. Treat yourself to one of our soft knit jacquard scarves, available in polka dot, houndstooth, and tiger stripes. Each purchase supports the Museum’s core mission of bringing art into everyday life. Shop at 56 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton or online at

Image credits

Duane Michals, Upside Down Self Portrait, ca. 1980s. © Duane Michals; courtesy DC Moore Gallery, New York

Life Magazine and the Power of Photography (2020). Published by the Princeton University Art Museum; distributed by Yale University Press. Catalogue design by Kimberly Varella, Content Object Design Studio

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Venus and Amor, ca. 1518–20. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, gift of George L. Craig, Jr., Class of 1921, and Mrs. Craig

Robert Natkin, Untitled from the Apollo series, ca. 1975. Princeton University Art Museum, Bequest of Duane E. Wilder, Class of 1951. © Estate of Robert Natkin