Wednesday, September 1, 2021

News from the Princeton University Art Museum




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, lotería, and an interactive Museum gamePlus 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.




Gathering Together / Adama Delphine Fawundu

Opening this Saturday, September 4


Join us this Saturday as we reopen Art@Bainbridge to the public! The Museum’s gallery space on Nassau Street in downtown Princeton presents the exhibition Gathering Together / Adama Delphine Fawundu. 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. On view at Art@Bainbridge, 158 Nassau Street, from Saturday, September 4, through October 24. Details here.

Sunday, September 12, 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the reopening of Art@Bainbridge with live music and family activities. Meet the exhibition’s curator, Beth Gollnick. Details here.

Saturday, September 25, 1 to 4 p.m. Meet the artist, Adama Delphine Fawundu, and curators Beth Gollnick and Mitra Abbaspour to learn about the art on view. Details here.




Clothing for the Ancestors: Global Textiles in Nigerian Egúngún Masquerade Costumes

Thursday, September 23, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Friend Center, Room 101 and live via Zoom


Egúngún masquerade costumes swirl into motion during festivals honoring departed ancestors. Globally sourced, their layered fabric panels reflect local aesthetics and ritual practices. Often made from reused clothing, they also illuminate regional fashions and consumer tastes in imported fabric. This talk by Kristen Windmuller-Luna, curator of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, draws from fieldwork in Nigeria and extensive analysis of égungún in museum collections. 

In-person attendees must register in advance, provide a COVID-19 vaccination attestation and contact tracing information, and wear masks at the event. Or join us live online from anywhere via Zoom. Details and free registration here.





Uncovering the Hand of a Renaissance Master


Chief Conservator Bart Devolder and Caroline Harris, Diane W. and James E. Burke Associate Director for Education, recently discussed Bart’s ongoing work on the Museum’s Portrait of a Donor by Giovanni Battista Moroni and the surprising discoveries he made while treating the painting. Read the full story here.




Student Involvement
Summer Internships at the Museum


For the second consecutive summer, the Art Museum offered its summer internship program as a virtual experience, with some opportunities for in-person projects. Interns also experienced a virtual tour of the New Museum’s exhibition Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America. The seven undergraduate and graduate students included two interns who applied through the Museum Voices Internship Program, intended to encourage greater diversity in the museum profession, and one intern who applied through the Aspiring Scholars and Professionals Program, launched this year through the University’s Programs for Access and Inclusion. Interns worked on a range of projects in several departments, including American art, modern and contemporary art, education, and communication and information.




Museum Store


The Museum Store offers exhibition-inspired keepsakes, art publicationsjewelrygifts for children, and distinctive works by artisans. 

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

Yorùbá artist, Nigeria, Egúngún masquerade costume, probably 20th century. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Sherry and Arthur Stein 

Giovanni Battista Moroni (ca. 1525–1578), Portrait of a Donor. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Charles H. Worcester. Photographed prior to treatment.

Education interns Nicole Gomez '22 (left) and Emma Mohrmann ’24 (right) pose with Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (2010) as they scout locations for a Campus Collections scavenger hunt that will premiere at the Art Museum’s Nassau Street Sampler 2021







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