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Late Thursdays The Art of Not
Working: Chinese Scholarly Gentlemen Enjoying Music
Thursday, July 8, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
gentlemen traditionally focused on their leisure
activities, including the practice and performance of
music, with much enthusiasm. Join Ingrid Furniss, associate
professor of art history at Lafayette College, as she
examines Chinese works of art in Princeton’s collections that depict
scholarly gentlemen playing musical instruments while taking
leisure—usually in elegant garden settings or rustic natural
surroundings. Introduced by Zoe Kwok, associate curator of
Asian art. Details and free registration here.
with scientists and researchers across the world, Katie Paterson
creates projects that consider our place on Earth in the
context of geological time and change. Her artworks stage intimate,
poetic, and philosophical engagements between people and their
natural environments, from calling a glacier in Iceland to
listening to a distant, dying star to transmitting a musical score
to the moon. We encourage you to wear headphones. Introduced by Katherine Bussard, Peter C. Bunnell
Curator of Photography. Details and free registration here.
Save the Date Being There:
Listening In on Maya Glyphic Writing
Thursday, July 29, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
ancient Maya left many reflections of sound. Some occur as glyphic
texts; others exist visually as marks of vocalization. Recreating
noisy worlds, they run wild with cackles, howls, hisses, and
grunts or evoke sonorous speech or song. Stephen D. Houston, professor of anthropology
at Brown University, reports on these lost worlds of
experience and suggests how we might listen in. Introduced by
Bryan Just, Peter Jay Sharp,
Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer in the Art
of the Ancient Americas. Details and free registration here.
Video A Farewell
In preparation for the building of a
new Art Museum for Princeton—set to open in 2024—Museum Director James Stewardtakes viewers on one
last tour of the existing building. Watch the full video here.
Call for Submissions Art for
Princeton University students, staff,
faculty, and alumni are invited to submit their own original artworks
for a new visual arts program for historic Prospect House. The program
aims to anchor the art on the house’s walls to the lived experiences
within our community. Deadline August 1. Details here.
TheMuseum Store offers
exhibition-inspired keepsakes, art publications, jewelry, gifts for children, and distinctive
works by artisans. Pam Berry's work is influenced by a number of
twentieth-century artists. From Gene Davis’s stripes to the geometric
forms of Frank Stella, Piet Mondrian, and the Bauhaus artists,
Berry embraces these artists' modernist aesthetic in her
functional pottery. She works with mid-fire stoneware, using a variety
of glaze colors and combinations so that each kiln opening is filled
with an abundance of color. Click to view her collection here.
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 PrincetonMuseumStore.org.
Chinese, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), Ten Talents (Shi caizi tu 十才子圖) (detail), 18th–19th century. Princeton University Art
Museum. Gift of DuBois Schanck Morris, Class of 1893