Princeton University Art Museum Summer Exhibition Schedule

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Pictures of Pictures
May 28—October 10, 2010
Pictures of Pictures explores the witty and ingenious ways in which artists of all media and traditions have nested one image inside another. Drawn largely from the Museum’s collections, the exhibition includes works of photography, collage, painting, prints and drawings, and even sculpture. This diverse survey runs the gamut from a seventeenth-century Alsatian still-life featuring a miniature portrait to a monumental image of Caravaggio’s Narcissus, lovingly recreated in scrap metal. Playful yet thought-provoking, the exhibition casts fresh light on the postmodern era by pairing recent “appropriation art” with its precedents from the past. Featured artists include Vik Muniz, Roy Lichtenstein, Lee Friedlander, and Andy Warhol.

Inner Sanctum: Memory and Meaning in Princeton’s Faculty Room
at Nassau Hall
May 28—October 30, 2010
Inner Sanctum takes viewers inside the Faculty Room of Princeton University’s historic Nassau Hall to explore the Faculty Room’s role as the symbolic center of Princeton and venerable repository of its institutional memory, and looks at how the room and its portrait collection both reflect and helped shape the University’s identity. Located at the heart of the Princeton campus, the Faculty Room served as a prayer hall, library and museum—as well as the seat of the U.S. congress for a few critical months in 1783—until University President Woodrow Wilson had it remodeled in 1906 for executive and ceremonial use, installing a remarkable collection of portraits depicting University founders, American presidents, British monarchs, clergymen, scholars, scientists and others. The exhibition traces the Faculty Room’s changing function and symbolic role, while the diverse portraits on its walls tell the story of Princeton’s evolution from a small school of dissident theologians to the world-renowned research university it is today.

Presence and Remembrance: The Art of Toshiko Takaezu
June 26—September 11, 2010
Centered upon the Remembrance bell erected on Princeton’s campus in memory of the 13 alumni who tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001, this exhibition features new gifts from artist Toshiko Takaezu as well as older favorites from the Museum’s and University’s collections, highlighting one of the great ceramic artists of the twentieth century.

A contemporary artist, Takaezu’s ceramics have many unique attributes. She is perhaps best known for closing the vessel form to render it useless as a functional object, transforming into solely an aesthetic object. In this seemingly simple act, Takaezu’s pieces gain presence and resonance that lingers into memory.

Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980
July 10—September 26, 2010
Starburst offers the first historical survey of what critics of the 1970s called “the new color photography,” an informal and energetic artistic movement that launched color toward its position of preeminence in contemporary art. The exhibition features generous bodies of work by eighteen artists, from the still-prominent, such as Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Jan Groover, and Joel Sternfeld, to key figures of the period, including Eve Sonneman, Neal Slavin, John Pfahl, and Barbara Kasten. Organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum.

About the Museum
Founded in 1882, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading art museums. Its collections feature approximately 72,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary, and concentrating geographically on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, Asia and the Americas, with particular strengths in Chinese painting and calligraphy, the art of the ancient Americas and pictorial photography. The Museum is committed to advancing Princeton’s teaching and research missions while serving as a gateway to the University for visitors from around the world. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, the Museum offers a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture.

The Princeton University Art Museum is located at the heart of the Princeton campus, a short walk from Princeton’s Nassau Street. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Free highlights tours of the collections are given every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. For information, please call (609) 258-3788 or visit the Museum’s Web site at

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