Wednesday, October 27, 2021

News from the Princeton University Art Museum 


October 27, 2021



Late Thursdays
Lecture: Celebrating 50 Years of Photography

Thursday, October 28, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Live via Zoom

Fifty years ago, David H. McAlpin, Class of 1920 and friend to Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ansel Adams, made a landmark gift of photographs to the Princeton University Art Museum. Join the Museum’s Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, Katherine A. Bussard, for a discussion of the legacy of this foundational gift as well as the future of photography at Princeton. Stream it live; details and free registration here.



Fine Art & Foul Play

Friday, October 29, 7 p.m. (EDT)Live via Zoom

In 1872 the artist Thomas Eakins portrayed a pair of champion rowers as they raced on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Rowing was America’s most popular sport, but foul play led to scandal—and professional rowing was banned. That same year, the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen was established; now headquartered in Princeton as the U.S. Rowing Association, it is a fully amateur organization with both women and men rowing competitively. In an illustrated talk writer William Lanouette explores this rich history and reveals how Eakins’s artistry captured the rowers in vivid action. Sponsored by the Art Museum, the Princeton Public Library, and Labyrinth Books, where Lanouette’s The Triumph of the Amateurs will be sold. Details and free registration here.



Art Making
Drawing from the Collections: Pastels

Thursdays, October 28–November 11, 8 p.m. (EDT)

Live via Zoom

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free, weekly online pastel drawing classes. With an emphasis on using soft pastels to blend and create rich colors, each week’s lesson is inspired by a work in the Museum’s collections. Details and free registration through the links below:
October 28: Exploring Color
November 4: Shading
November 11: Drawing a Landscape
November 18: Creating a Composite Animal



Artist Conversation
Lois Dodd and Eve Aschheim

Thursday, November 4, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Live via Zoom

Painter Lois Dodd is known for finding poignant moments of beauty in the everyday—laundry on a line, views through broken windows, or condensation on a window. Dodd will discuss her work—including her imagery, framing, and compositional adjustments and her attention to light, geometry, and abstraction—with Eve Aschheim, artist and lecturer in visual arts at the Lewis Center for the Arts. Dodd also will describe painting directly in the landscape and elaborate on her recent major gift of drawings and watercolors to the Art Museum. Stream it live; details and free registration here.



Open House
Components in the Air / Jesse Stecklow

Saturday, November 6, 1–4 p.m.


The exhibition Components in the Air / Jesse Stecklow—opening on November 6 at Art@Bainbridge—is a quietly meditative installation that calls on our powers of observation to offer moments of reflection as well as humor. Join us at Saturday's open house and learn about the ways in which Stecklow's approach to the architecture of Bainbridge House heightens visitors’ attention to elements of their surroundings, an especially resonant experience as we adapt our ways of navigating communal spaces. The show will be on view through January 2.



Save the Date
Panel Discussion: Celebrating The Record

Thursday, November 11, 5:30 p.m.

Live via Zoom

Celebrate the newest volume of the Record of the Princeton University Art Museum. Now in its seventy-ninth year, the Record publishes research based on the Museum’s collections. Three authors who contributed to this volume, devoted to European Renaissance and Baroque art, will offer insights into their research. Charles Scriber III, Class of 1973 and Graduate School Class of 1977, will discuss a crucifix designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini that he has studied for more than forty years. Maryan Ainsworth, Álvaro Saieh Curator Emerita in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss her research into the Museum’s collection of fourteenth- through sixteenth-century Northern European painting. Sarah Rapoport, Class of 2018 and a graduate student at Yale University, will present her work on a painting by Joos van Cleve. Details and free registration here.




Campus Collections
Outdoor Walking Tours


The Princeton campus is home to one of the country’s most significant collections of twentieth- and twenty-first-century public sculpture. Princeton University students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a guided walking tour of the campus collections with an Art Museum student tour guide to discover artworks by modern and contemporary sculptors, from Henry Moore to Maya Lin. Join one of our upcoming November tours or schedule a tour for your campus group! Details here.



Now See This

A new portal on the Art Museum’s website called Now See This makes it easy to browse everything from archival writings to audio experiences to on-demand lectures. This project, made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, includes new quick-study shorts in which curators present close examinations of individual artworks, from little-known gems to iconic masterpieces. Explore here.



Museum Store

The Museum Store offers exhibition-inspired keepsakes, art publicationsjewelrygifts for children, and distinctive works by artisans.
Jeweler Emilie Shapiro carves sculptural pieces into hard wax and casts them into metal, using the craft of lost-wax casting, which dates back to the ancient Egyptians. She incorporates rough gemstones as a celebration of the beauty of natural imperfection, as in this Moon Vision Pendant. Every piece is handmade in Emilie’s New York studio.
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

Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, An American Place, New York, 1939. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of David H. McAlpin, Class of 1920. © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1134, Whirls and Twirls (Princeton), 2004. Princeton University. Gift of the Bloomberg Family. © Sol LeWitt, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Lois Dodd, Two red curtains blowing, 1980. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of the artist. © Lois Dodd / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY

Jesse Stecklow (born 1993, Cambridge, MA; active Los Angeles, CA), Ear Wiggler (LEFT and RIGHT), 2015. Collection of Ron Handler. © Jesse Stecklow / image courtesy of M+B, Los Angeles, photo: Jeff McLane

Workshop of Cornelis Engebrechtsz, Lamentation (detail), ca. 1520. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of the National Forge Foundation at the behest of Duane Wilder, Class of 1951

Kuba artist, Belt (yet), 20th century. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift from the Holly and David Ross Collection 







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