To celebrate the first total solar eclipse of the 21st century visible in the United States, we have produced Transient Effects, a multimedia online exhibition that focuses on the remarkable career of Howard Russell Butler (1856–1934).
For nearly thirty years, the artists Doug and Mike Starn—identical twin brothers who are among the most acclaimed public artists of our time—have been making work that defies categorization, combining such media as sculpture, architecture, and photography in investigating organic systems and structures. Now the Starns are nearing completion of a remarkable new piece that will be a permanent addition to the Princeton campus, to be sited on the Museum’s front lawn this summer.
Antioch-on-the-Orontes (modern Antakya, Turkey) was one of the great cities of the Hellenistic and Roman worlds and remained an important center through the Byzantine, Seljuk, Crusader, and Ottoman periods. From 1932 to 1939, an archaeological expedition to Antioch by a consortium of institutions, including Princeton University, produced a remarkable wealth of excavated finds that opened novel vistas onto a city that played a fundamental role in the shaping of politics and cultures in the Greek and Roman East for more than a millennium. Princeton University was given possession of a portion of the finds from the excavations, including the many Roman mosaic pavements now displayed in the Art Museum, McCormick Hall, Firestone Library, and the School of Architecture.
The Princeton University Art Museum installed 12 monumental sculptures—Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads—by the renowned contemporary Chinese artist, architectural designer, curator, and social activist Ai Weiwei.
Princeton's expeditions of the 1930s at the ancient city Antioch-on-the-Orontes, located near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey, unearthed archaeological treasures of one of the most important cultural and political centers of the Roman Empire.