Saturday, May 1, 2021

News from the Princeton University Art Museum



Gala 2021
A Global Gathering

Saturday, May 1, 7 p.m. (EDT)

This Saturday you’re invited to our annual Gala, the Museum’s sole fundraising event of the year—now entirely online. Join us live over Zoom for an uplifting virtual gathering hosted by Museum Director James Steward, who will present remarks, share memories, look ahead, and debut a short film chronicling the Museum’s history, recent successes, and even brighter future. Reserve your tickets, dress up (or not), tune in from wherever you are, and raise a glass to the Museum’s extraordinary next chapter. Proceeds support the wide range of programs we offer to all, year-round. Tickets and information here




The Academic Museum and the Journey toward Equity

Thursday, May 6, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

During this year’s Friends Annual Mary Pitcairn Keating Lecture, Johnnetta Cole—the former president of Spelman College and Bennett College, the former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Princeton University—will offer a compelling call to action for the academic museum in America. Hosted by Museum Director James Steward. Details and free registration here.




Museum Store
Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9

For Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a plant that will remain vibrant for years to come: Neil Maciejewski’s stained-glass agave plants are made from hand-cut pieces of various shades of glass that catch the sunlight. Or choose from hundreds of other gifts that say “Happy Mother’s Day.” The Museum Store offers exhibition-inspired keepsakes, art publicationsjewelrygifts for children, and distinctive works by artisans.
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


Image credits
Chinese, mid-Warring States period to early Western Han dynasty (ca. 470–221 BC), Sword-bearer lamp, 4th–2nd century BC. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund
Johnnetta Cole. Photo: Boston Photography