Thursday, February 18, 2021

News from the Princeton University Art Museum

Late Thursdays
Lecture | Losing Picasso: The Challenges of Condensing a Life

Thursday, February 18, 5:30 p.m. (EST)


The 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 Fran├žoise 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 first, then join us on Zoom tomorrow, February 18, for the live lecture. Presented in partnership with the Princeton Garden Theatre. Details, free registration, and links for renting the film here.

Life Magazine and the Power of Photography Publication

Named Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award Winner


We are pleased to announce that Life Magazine and the Power of Photography, published in conjunction with the Art Museum’s 2020 exhibition of the same name, has won 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by twenty-five scholars, the book draws on unprecedented access to the magazine’s archives and presents previously unpublished materials that shed new light on the editorial processes behind many now-iconic images and photo-essays.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

This is the second year in a row that a Princeton University Art Museum catalogue has won the Barr award. Last year’s prize went to Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environmentthe catalogue published in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition of the same name.

Art Making
Drawing from the Collections

Thursdays, 8 p.m. (EST)


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 a work from the Museum’s collections that is introduced by a Student Tour Guide. This series will be held Thursday evenings, through March 4. Details and free registration for the February 18 class on image cropping here, and the February 25 class on storytelling with collage here.

Members Event
Photography Expanded

Tuesday, February 23, 5:30 p.m. (EST)


Join curatorial associate Beth Gollnick as she discusses new and experimental additions to the Museum's photography holdings. Beth’s talk will be followed by a conversation with Katherine Bussard, the Museum’s Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography. Registration is required to attend this virtual event, open exclusively to members. If you are not currently a member, set up your free membership here. Details and program registration here.

Museum Store
Gordon Parks


The Museum Store offers exhibition-inspired keepsakes, art publications, jewelry, gifts for children, and distinctive works by artisans. Our selection of books includes The Making of an Argument by the photographer Gordon Parks, which traces the production of his photo-essay on Leonard "Red" Jackson, a series of pictures also explored in this video of the Museum’s 2020 exhibition Life Magazine and the Power of Photography.
Each Store purchase supports the Museum’s core mission of bringing art into everyday life. Shop at 56 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton or online at