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Late Thursdays Lecture:
Celebrating 50 Years of Photography
Thursday, October 28, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
Live via Zoom
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.
Lecture 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.
Live via Zoom
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:
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.
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
Save the Date Panel
Discussion: Celebrating The Record
Thursday, November 11, 5:30 p.m.
Live via Zoom
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
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!
Now See This
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.
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 PrincetonMuseumStore.org.