Wednesday, November 10, 2021

News from the Princeton University Art Museum 




Now on View 
Components in the Air / Jesse Stecklow


The Art Museum is pleased to present our new exhibition at Art@BainbridgeComponents in the Air / Jesse Stecklowon view through Sunday, January 2.

Both visible and unseen components of our surroundings are defining elements in the artistic practice of Los Angeles–based artist Jesse Stecklow. In his first solo museum exhibition, Stecklow explores the individual character of the rooms at Bainbridge House, outfitting each gallery with installations that interweave imagery, motion, and sound to heighten visitors’ attention to the architecture and to the ways that our personal associations, memories, and perspectives profoundly shape our experiences of space. Exhibition details here.
And save the date for Thursday, November 18, when Stecklow joins Princeton faculty members—multimedia sound artist Jess Rowland and architectural historian Spyros Papapetros—for a conversation about how each of their disciplinary practices engages with the relationship between the human body and the construction of environments. Stream it live; details and free registration here.



Panel Discussion
Celebrating the Record

Thursday, November 11, 5:30 p.m. (EST)

Live via Zoom

Celebrate the newest volume of the Record of the Princeton University Art Museum, which for seventy-nine years has published research 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 Scribner III, Class of 1973 and Graduate School Class of 1977, will discuss a 
crucifix designed by Gianlorenzo 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.



Film Screening
Orlando (1992)

Wednesday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. (EST)

Princeton Garden Theatre


The Art Museum and the Princeton Garden Theatre present a screening of Sally Potter's 1992 film Orlando, starring Tilda Swinton. Addressing contemporary themes about gender and identity, the film stays remarkably true to the spirit of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel, while skillfully adapting the original story to give it a striking, cinematic form. Introduced by Museum Director James Steward. Museum members receive the Princeton Garden Theatre member admission price. Details here.



New Publication
Picture Ecology: Art and Ecocriticism in Planetary Perspective

By Karl Kusserow


Seeking a broad reexamination of visual culture through the lenses of ecocriticism, environmental justice, and animal studies, the new book Picture Ecology—edited by Karl Kusserow, the Art Museum’s John Wilmerding Curator of American Art—offers a diverse range of art historical criticism formulated within an ecological context. The book brings together scholars whose contributions extend chronologically and geographically from eleventh-century Chinese painting to contemporary photography of California wildfires, and its fifteen interdisciplinary essays provide a dynamic, cross-cultural approach to an increasingly vital area of study, emphasizing the environmental dimensions inherent in the content and materials of aesthetic objects. Read an interview with Kusserow about Picture Ecology here. The book is available for purchase at the Museum Store in person or online.



Elson International Artist-in-Residence
Artist Talk: Suki Seokyeong Kang

Thursday, December 2, 5:30 p.m. (EST)

Live via Zoom


Join South Korean multimedia and performance artist Suki Seokyeong Kang—the Museum’s 2021 Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, International Artist-in-Residence—for a discussion of her practice, which is inspired by Korean court dance and music. Moderated by Curatorial Associate Beth Gollnick. Stream it live; details and free registration here.



Museum Store

The Museum Store offers exhibition-inspired keepsakes, art publications, jewelry, gifts for children, and distinctive works by artisans. Featured works include handcrafted dinnerware, such as elegant porcelain plates and stoneware platters by artisan Jessica Rust. 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

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

Circle of Jan Mertens van Dornicke (Netherlandish, ca. 1470–ca. 1527), formerly attributed to the workshop of Cornelis Engebrechtsz (Netherlandish, 1460/65–1527), Entombment (detail), 1500–1515. Gift of the National Forge Foundation at the behest of Duane Wilder, Class of 1951
Sally Potter (born 1949, London, UK; active London), Preproduction image, 1988. Courtesy of the artist. © Sally Potter
Suki Seokyeong Kang. Courtesy of the artist







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