Thursday, July 8, 2021

News from the Princeton University Art Museum



Late Thursdays
The Art of Not Working: Chinese Scholarly Gentlemen Enjoying Music

Thursday, July 8, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Chinese 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.



Art Making

Thursdays through July 22, 8 p.m. (EDT)

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free weekly online watercolor classes, taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom. With an emphasis on color mixing and brushwork, each week’s lesson is inspired by a work in the Museum’s collections. Details and free registration for each class in the series here.
Thursday, July 8 | Focus on Color Theory 
Thursday, July 15 | How Colors Change over Distance 
Thursday, July 22 | The Power of Negative Space



Artist Talk
Katie Paterson

Thursday, July 15, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Collaborating 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)


The 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.



A Farewell Director's Tour

In preparation for the building of a new Art Museum for Princeton—set to open in 2024—Museum Director James Steward takes viewers on one last tour of the existing building. Watch the full video here.



Call for Submissions
Art for Prospect House

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.



Museum Store

Pam Berry's Modernist-Inspired Stoneware


The Museum Store offers exhibition-inspired keepsakes, art publicationsjewelrygifts 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


Image credits

Chinese, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), Ten Talents (Shi caizi tu 
) (detail), 18th–19th century. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of DuBois Schanck Morris, Class of 1893
Alice Baber, The Jaguar Crosses the Rainbow Desert: Sacred Space Series, 1980. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of the Alice Baber Estate through Norbert N. Nelson, Executor, Class of 1950. © Alice Baber Estate
Katie Paterson, Vatnajökull (the sound of), 2007/8. Photo © Katie Paterson, 2007 
Maya, Late Classic, Chocolate cup depicting a mythic scene, AD 600–700. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Stephanie H. Bernheim and Leonard H. Bernheim Jr. in honor of Gillett G. Griffin