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An Art Curator Explains the Resonance between the
US Capitol's Masterpieces and the Riots A Commentary
by Karl Kusserow, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art
the recent attacks on the US Capitol,
National Geographic published an essayby Karl Kusserow, the Art Museum’s John
Wilmerding Curator of American Art, that examines what political
portraiture can tell us about the presence of the past in the present.
Kusserow considers an image of one of the now-notorious Capitol
insurgents sitting beneath the portrait of Massachusetts Senator
Charles Sumner—who, after delivering an antislavery speech in 1856, was
beaten nearly to death by South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks.
He writes, “The portrait attests to the fact that the Capitol has witnessed
great trauma before, and, like Sumner, recovered from it. Outside of
this, what coheres these two events—the near-fatal attack on Sumner and
the siege on the Capitol—is race. Who can deny that beneath both lie
the cry of entitled white men railing against the dilution of their
authority by a push for a more diverse, more equitable nation?” Click here to read the full essay.
Writing Workshop A Long Look at
by Lucas Cranach the Elder
Thursday, January 21, 5:30 p.m. (EST)
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 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.
Art Making Drawing
beginning February 4
The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide
free online art-making experiences. Weekly classes are taught over Zoom
so participants can join live, using materials available at home. Each
week’s lesson features works from the Museum’s collections and is
introduced by a Student Tour Guide. This series will be held Thursday
evenings, February 4 through March 4. Details and free registration for
the February 4 class here.
Save the Date Yoga and Art
Thursday, February 4, 5:30 p.m. (EST)
us for a virtual yoga class inspired by the abstract art of Alexander Calder. Yoga instructor
Tricia Adelman will guide this all-levels yoga practice through a
series of moves and poses imbued with elements of Calder’s style, such
as his signature bright colors and geometric forms. Participants will
view the artwork as they connect breath and movement, focusing on
flexibility, balance, and physical challenges. Offered in partnership
with Princeton University Campus Recreation. Details and free
Film Lecture Losing
Picasso: The Challenges of Condensing a Life
Thursday, February 18, 5:30 p.m. (EST)
filmmakers Ismail Merchant and James Ivory faced almost insurmountable
challenges in producing the film Surviving
Picasso, which takes as its subject the relationship
between Pablo Picasso and his companion Françoise Gilot. This lecture
with Caroline Harris, associate director for education, investigates
the resulting depiction of the painter, providing a larger context for the
period portrayed. Watch the film at your leisure, then join us on Zoom
on February 18 for the live lecture. Presented in partnership with the
Princeton Garden Theatre. Details and free registration here.
Save the Date Artist Talk:
Glenn Ligon and Hilton Als
Thursday, March 11, 5:30 p.m. (EST)
artist Glenn Ligon, whose work draws on
literature and history to explore race, language, desire, and identity,
joins the Pulitzer Prize–winning author and critic Hilton Als to
discuss the ways in which art can engage and rethink the most urgent
issues of our time. Details and free registration here.
Capitol insurgent Aaron Mostofsky from Brooklyn, New
York, sits beneath a portrait of Senator Charles Sumner and alongside a
bust of Vice President Richard Nixon on January 6, 2021.
Photograph by Mike Theiler, Reuters
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