Wednesday, July 21, 2021

News from the Princeton University Art Museum




New Acquisitions
Pivotal Works by African American Artists Enrich the Collections

Learn about five recently acquired works by leading modern and contemporary artists, including John Biggers, Norman Lewis, and Terry Adkins. These exceptional artworks employ distinct vocabularies to convey and complicate the narrative of the African American experience in language that expands and challenges the meaning of figurative and abstract when applied to the concept of Blackness. Read more here.



Art Making
Watercolors: The Power of Negative Space

Thursday, July 22, 8 p.m. (EDT)

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free online watercolor classes, taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom. With an emphasis on color mixing and brushwork, each lesson is inspired by a work in the Museum’s collections. Details and free registration here.



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 Houston, professor of anthropology at Brown University, reports on these lost worlds of experience and suggests how we might listen in. Live, online lecture 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.



In the Press
Outdoor Sculptures at Princeton, "Designed for Public Viewing"

Ilene Dube’s new feature story in Princeton Magazine explores the University’s extraordinary collection of open-air art. “For year-round enjoyment, nothing beats the outdoor sculpture collection,” she writes. “Not only is the campus itself an arboretum but nestled within its archways and allées are works by significant artists including Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Michele Oka Doner, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Gehry, Kate Graves, Sol LeWitt, Maya Lin, Louise Nevelson, Odili Donald Odita, Richard Serra, Ai Weiwei, Beverly Pepper, George Segal, Shahzia Sikander, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and more.” Read the full article here, and explore art across campus here.



Guided Listening
Medieval Music and Art

Thursday, August 5, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Join us for an exploration of works from the Museum’s collection of medieval art as you listen to medieval music recorded by Early Music Princeton, a University ensemble whose members study and perform a vocal and instrumental repertoire with a special focus on historical performance practices. Live, online program presented by Caroline Harris, Diane W. and James E. Burke Associate Director for Education, and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Princeton performance faculty and voice and music director of the Early Music Princeton Singers. Details and free registration 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

Mixed Blues Murrine Vase

The Museum Store offers exhibition-inspired keepsakes, art publicationsjewelrygifts for children, and distinctive works by artisans. Waves of color move throughout this handblown murrine vase by Dan and Jill Burstein of New Hope Stained Glass. The colored patterns of cane glass reveal unexpected moments of light and texture.
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

Ellis Wilson, Fisherwoman, 1946–48. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Hugh Leander Adams, Mary Trumbull Adams, and Hugh Trumbull Adams Princeton Art Fund. © Ellis Wilson
Chinese, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), Yun Shouping
惲壽平 (1633–1690), Begonia, ca. 1686. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Carl Otto von Kienbusch Jr. Memorial Collection
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 

Follower of the Master of the Dangolsheimer Madonna, South German, Virgin and Child, late 15th–early 16th century. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, gift of Carl Otto von Kienbusch, Class of 1906, for the Carl Otto von Kienbusch Jr. Memorial Collection







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