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Howard Russell Butler, American, 1856–1934. Solar Eclipse, Lompoc 1923. Oil on canvas. Princeton University, gift of H. Russell Butler Jr. (PP351)

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).

An exceptional sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard has been commissioned to highlight the entrance to the new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University.

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.

The Museum’s front lawn has been home to a number of compelling works of art. Now the lawn is the site of a new commission designed especially for the site by Doug and Mike Starn.

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.

This unsigned work, The Battle of Princeton, was a gift of the legendary Princeton trustee Dean Mathey, Class of 1914, and is thought to be a collaborative effort. Read more

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.

In March 2014, Stardust, a six-panel jacquard tapestry handwoven by fabric artist Bhakti Ziek, was installed in Community Hall at Whitman College. This new video highlights Ziek's creative process.

Roman Mosaic pavement: Earth, mid 2nd century A.D. Stone h. 140.0 cm., w. 140.0 cm. (55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in.) Gift of the Committee for the Excavation of Antioch to Princeton University y1965-207

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.

Calling to mind the simplified geometric forms of Minimalism, Burton’s table, an inverted cone balancing on a wide circular base, offers students and passersby a place to socialize or study.