Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Art Museum Opening New Downtown Gallery, Art on Hulfish, This Saturday!


Art on Hulfish, the Art Museum’s new downtown gallery, opens this Saturday, December 4, at 10 a.m. Located at 11 Hulfish Street along north Palmer Square, the space will showcase a roster of photo-forward exhibitions that consider issues of significance to 21st-century life. Four exhibitions are planned each year until late 2024, during the time that a new Museum building is under construction on the University campus. In addition, Art on Hulfish will host a rich schedule of related programming—including drop-in and scheduled art-making activities, hands-on learning opportunities for all ages, and University seminars and discussions. Art on Hulfish will be free and open seven days a week.



The opening exhibition, Orlando, presents the work of 11 artists who consider both the fluidity of gender and the expansiveness of human experience. Curated by actor Tilda Swinton, the exhibition is inspired by the themes of Virginia Woolf’s revolutionary 1928 novel Orlando: A Biography—the story of a young aristocrat who lives for three centuries without aging and mysteriously shifts gender along the way—and Sally Potter’s equally groundbreaking 1992 film Orlando, which featured an androgynous Swinton in the starring role. Woolf’s tale has continued to hold sway over Swinton; the exhibition she curated, of more than 50 photographs, includes baroque inventions by Mickalene Thomas, layered images by Carmen Winant, and fragmented figural studies by Paul Mpagi Sepuya, among others. The result is a powerful consideration of human possibility.


Art on Hulfish will be open daily starting this Saturday, December 4; hours and details here.
Please join us on Saturday, December 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for an informal opening celebration hosted by Museum Director James Steward and other Museum leaders, featuring apple cider donuts and music on the sidewalk—rain, snow, or shine.


Art on Hulfish is made possible by the leadership support of Annette Merle-Smith and by Princeton University. Additional generous support is provided by John Diekman, Class of 1965, and Susan Diekman; William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher; J. Bryan King, Class of 1993; Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Jim and Valerie McKinney; Nancy A. Nasher, Class of 1976, and David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976; H. Vincent Poor, Graduate Class of 1977; and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Exhibition organized by Aperture, New York. Guest Curated by Tilda Swinton. Orlando is made possible, in part, with the support of Slobodan Randjelović and Jon Stryker. Aperture also thanks ROOT STUDIOS for supporting the production of Mickalene Thomas’s work.

Image credits: McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco. © Henrik Kam 2020
Left: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Rowlands/Bogart (Female Dominant), from the series Hero Sandwich, 1982. Courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York. Right: Jamal Nxedlana, FAKA Portrait, 2019. Courtesy the artist







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