Thursday, August 19, 2021

News from the Princeton University Art Museum


August 18, 2021




Reopening on Saturday, September 4

We are preparing to welcome visitors back to Art@Bainbridge. The Museum’s gallery space on Nassau Street will present works by the artist Adama Delphine Fawundu, who uses her body and self-image to link past and present. In her practice, Fawundu embodies feminine West African deities, inserts herself into the archive of Black history, and celebrates the transmission of cultural knowledge by her female forebears. Opening at Art@Bainbridge on Saturday, September 4; details here.



Artist Conversation
Sky Hopinka

Thursday, August 19, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Storytelling, poetry, and language are simultaneously aural, visual, and mnemonic practices in the work of artist Sky Hopinka. A member of the Ho-Chunk nation, Hopinka creates photographs and films that explore the formation and continuity of cultural memory through experiences of the land, the body, and narrative. Join the artist and Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, for a richly illustrated conversation about Hopinka’s multidisciplinary practice. Held in partnership with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Princeton. Stream it live; details and free registration here.


Tarek Atoui and Elizabeth Margulis

Thursday, August 26, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Artist and electroacoustic composer Tarek Atoui considers the expansive potential of sound as an artistic material, exploring tactile, physical, gestural, and visual modes for its expression. Atoui will join Professor Elizabeth Margulis, director of Princeton University's Music Cognition Lab, for a discussion of sound as a medium for collaborative, socially focused artistic practice. Moderated by Beth Gollnick, curatorial associate, photography and modern and contemporary art. Stream it live; details and free registration here.




Henry Moore's Oval with Points Restored

In a new article on our website, Museum Director James Steward explores this summer’s repatination of one of the most beloved artworks on Princeton's campus, Henry Moore’s Oval with Points. As James writes, “the layers of patina and buffed wax allow the work to be seen in its organic sinuousness—what Moore termed static, strong, and vital—in ways that we have not been able to appreciate in decades.” Read the full essay here.



Late Thursdays
Nassau Street Sampler 2021: No Walls Needed

Thursday, September 2, 5–9 p.m.

Celebrate the beginning of the fall semester and an exciting new year of programs with the Art Museum. This year’s annual Nassau Street Sampler will feature live online experiences, including artful yoga, student performances, loterĂ­a, and an interactive museum game. Plus exclusive in-person experiences for students on campus. Members of the Princeton community and beyond will come together for this signature Museum event! Details here.



Traveling Exhibition
Time Capsule, 1970: Rauschenberg's Currents

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar

Through Sunday, September 19

Time Capsule, 1970: Rauschenberg’s Currents, organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, is now on view at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The traveling exhibition—which was on view in Princeton in 2019—features the Art Museum’s Surface Series from Currents, fourteen large-scale screenprints made by Robert Rauschenberg that reflect the strident social and political change of the years preceding 1970. The exhibition also includes two original collages on loan from the Rauschenberg Foundation as well as sixteen related works from the Loeb’s collection by artists such as Kurt Schwitters, Lee Friedlander, Walker Evans, Ray Johnson, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol. On view through Sunday, September 19, at Vassar’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.




Setting the Record Straight at the Met
By Karl Kusserow

A new essay by Karl Kusserow, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art, published in CounterPunch, considers the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recent land acknowledgment, a permanent plaque placed outside the museum’s main entrance that pays homage to Manhattan’s original and abiding Indigenous peoples. Read the full essay here.




Museum Store


The Museum Store offers exhibition-inspired keepsakes, art publicationsjewelrygifts for children, and distinctive works by artisans. Ashka Dymel's approach to jewelry making is informed by her architectural training and inspired by modernist movements such as the Bauhaus, Russian Avant-Garde art, and mid-twentieth-century design. "My goal is to achieve harmony in modular repetitions and variations on geometric forms," she says. Each piece is handmade using sterling silver, 18K gold bimetal, and semiprecious stones and minerals.
Each Museum 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

Sky Hopinka, Fainting Spells (still), 2018. © Sky Hopinka
Left: Elizabeth Margulis by Russell Cothren; right: Tarek Atoui by Nicolas Wefers

Henry Moore, Oval with Points, 1969–70. Princeton University Art Museum. The John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University. © The Henry Moore Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Robert Rauschenberg, No. 48, from Surface Series from Currents, 1970. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Arthur A. Goldberg. Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Land acknowledgment plaque. Photo by Bruce Schwarz; courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art







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