Friday, February 4, 2022

FEBRUARY News from the Princeton University Art Museum



February 2, 2022



Native America: In Translation
Opening February 5

This Saturday we celebrate the opening of our second exhibition at Art on Hulfish, Native America: In Translation. Curated by the artist Wendy Red Star, Native America brings together works by Indigenous artists who consider the complex histories of colonialism, identity, and heritage.

Join us on Saturday for an opening celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibition, for which Princeton is the first venue, is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York.
And don’t miss a live online program with curator Wendy Red Star tomorrow, Thursday, February 3, at 5:30 p.m. (EST). Red Star will discuss the ways in which the selected artists engage with photography and film in their work; free registration here.




Art Making
Drawing from the Collections
Thursdays, February 3–24, 8 p.m. (EST)


The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free weekly online drawing classes, taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom. With an emphasis on drawing with pen or pencil on paper, each week’s lesson is inspired by a work in the Museum’s collections. Details and free registration for each class in the series here.
Thursday, February 3 | Drawing a Rhinoceros
Thursday, February 10 | Drawing Two or More People
Thursday, February 17 | Exploring Illustrations
Thursday, February 24 | Capturing the Everyday




Panel Discussion
Reconsidering Ivory
Thursday, February 10, 5:30 p.m. (EST)


Considering works from medieval Europe as well as China and Japan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, this interdisciplinary panel will explore various aspects of ivory, including carving techniques and tools, the ivory trade, and environmental issues related to sources of ivory. Speakers include Zoe Kwok, associate curator of Asian art; Sarah Anderson, lecturer in the Department of English; David Wilcove, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs and the High Meadows Environmental Institute; and Sarah Guérin, assistant professor of history of art, University of Pennsylvania. Introduced by Veronica White, curator of teaching and learning, and Catherine Riihimaki, research director at 2NDNATURE Software. Moderated by Chris Newth, associate director for collections and exhibitions. This panel is cosponsored by the Council on Science and Technology. Details and free registration here.  




Save the Date
Artist Conversation: Kelly Wang and Zhang Hongtu
Thursday, February 17, 5:30 p.m. (EST)


The artists Kelly Wang and Zhang Hongtu combine contemporary and ancient influences, as well as American and Asian traditions, to create multimedia works infused with elements of cultural identity and heritage. They will use Wang’s exhibition Between Heartlands, now on view at Art@Bainbridge, to discuss their artistic inspirations and processes. Wang brings the perspective of a person raised in New York City with Asian roots, while Zhang was born in China and came to the United States seeking artistic and religious freedom. Stream it live; details and free registration here.




Museum Store


The Museum Store offers exhibition-related keepsakes, art books, jewelry, creative activities for children, distinctive works by regional artisans, and more. Continue celebrating the Lunar New Year with a selection of handmade gifts celebrating the year of the tiger.
Each purchase supports the Museum’s core mission to educate, challenge, and inspire. Shop in person at 56 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton or online at


Image credits

Left: Martine Gutierrez, Queer Rage, Dear Diary, No Signal During VH1’s Fiercest Divas, from the series Indigenous Woman, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, New York. © Martine Gutierrez | Right: Rebecca Belmore, photograph by Henri Robideau, matriarch, from the series nindinawemaganidog (all of my relations), 2018. Courtesy of the artist. © Rebecca Belmore
Albrecht Dürer, The Rhinoceros, 1515. Princeton University Art Museum. Bequest of Charles A. Ryskamp
English, Mirror cover: Scenes of lovers, 1340–60. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Mrs. Albert E. McVitty

Kelly Wang; courtesy of the artist | Zhang Hongtu; photo by Mia Huang




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