Wednesday, April 13, 2022

News from the Princeton University Art Museum



April 13, 2022



Community Event
Galleries on the Go: A Night of Art in Town
Thursday, April 14, 7:30–9:30 p.m. (ET)


Join us tomorrow for a downtown gallery crawl! Visit open houses at Art@Bainbridge, Art on Hulfish, and the Arts Council to enjoy live music, food and drink, student performances, art making, and gallery activities.

At Art@Bainbridge view Elizabeth Colomba: Repainting the Story. At Art on Hulfish view Native America: In Translation. In the Arts Council of Princeton’s Taplin Gallery, view Still Lives from a (Mostly) Stilled Life. Special activities, experiences, and refreshments at each location. Gallery crawl is free to students and the wider Princeton community! Details here; no registration required.




Elizabeth Colomba: Repainting the Story


Three upcoming programs explore themes in the exhibition Elizabeth Colomba: Repainting the Story, now on view at Art@Bainbridge, in which the artist’s narrative paintings liberate Black women from restrictive story lines to reclaim their autonomy.

  • Tomorrow, Thursday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. (ET), join the artist Lashun Costor and Sarita Fellows, costume designer and lecturer in theater at Princeton, for Visual Storytelling and the Importance of Introspection. The two will discuss Costor’s sculptures and wearable art, which reimagine the possibilities for Black women by reconceptualizing stories in the past and the present. One of Costor’s costumes appears in Elizabeth Colomba’s video Cendrillon, featured in Repainting the Story. Join us in person at the Friend Center or stream it live. Program details and free registration here.
  • Next Thursday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. (ET), the artist Elizabeth Colomba and Autumn Womack, assistant professor of English and African American studies at Princeton, discuss the significance of Colomba’s portrayal of the eighteenth-century poet Phillis Wheatley—on view in Repainting the Story—in the context of Wheatley’s life, fame, and legacy. Stream it live; details and free registration here.
  • On Thursday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. (ET), the artist Elizabeth Colomba joins Jessica Bell Brown, curator for contemporary art at the Baltimore Museum of Art, for a conversation about process and meaning in her multilayered narratives of historical and fictional Black women. Stream it live; details and free registration here.




Members Event
In Pursuit of Ganymede
Tuesday, April 19, 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Stream it online


Members are invited to join us next Tuesday to hear Ronni Baer, Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Distinguished Curator and Lecturer, and Chief Conservator Bart Devolder discuss two artworks in the Museum’s collections by the renowned Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640): The Death of Adonis, long at Princeton, and the newly acquired oil sketch The Abduction of Ganymede. The speakers will explore the artist’s approach to these works, his interpretation of the subject matter, his technical prowess, and his idiosyncratic working methods.

Registration is required to attend this virtual event, open exclusively to members. If you are not currently a member, set up your free membership. Details and free registration here.




Connecting Dunhuang: Sites, Art, and Ideas along the Silk Road(s)
Friday, April 22, 4:30 p.m. (ET)
McCosh 50


Located on the edge of the Taklamakan desert in northwestern China, at the convergence of the ancient trade routes known as the Silk Road, Dunhuang has long captivated explorers, Sinologists, and art historians. From the fourth to the fourteenth century, the Mogao Caves, often referred to as “Dunhuang,” served as a center for Buddhism and a gateway for people, goods, and ideas between China and Central Asia. This two-day symposium explores regions, artistic production, and ideas along the Silk Road. Museum Director James Steward will deliver opening remarks. Free and open to the public. Details here.




Alvin Langdon Coburn, the Great War, and the "World's First Abstract Photographs"
Thursday, May 5, 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Friend Center 101 or Stream it online


In 1917 the American photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn staged a show of eighteen photographs and thirteen watercolors at the London Camera Club. By looking at the context of what his friend Ezra Pound dubbed "Vortographs," this lecture will probe why Coburn sought to free his medium from reality (as he wrote) at this critical historical moment. Presented by Anne McCauley, who this spring will retire as the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art. Cosponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology. Join us in person at the Friend Center or stream it live. Details and free registration here.


Image credits

Elizabeth Colomba,
Phillis, 2010Courtesy of the artist. Artwork © Elizabeth Colomba / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Peter Paul Rubens, The Abduction of Ganymede, ca. 1636. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund
James Lo, View of the Mogao Cliff, 1943–44. P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University
Alvin Langdon Coburn, Vortograph, 1916. George Eastman House







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