This past academic year, numerous Italian language and literature courses visited the Art Museum to discuss Italian style and culture while engaging with original works of art. The classes varied widely in scope and pedagogic approach, and the instructors and I adapted different plans for each of the visits, with the shared experience being one of close looking.
Art has the power and versatility to be a plethora of different things for different people. It can be inspirational, cathartic, and ennobling. For me, it has been life changing. Art has led and continues to lead me on the most unprecedented and fulfilling journey.
The Museum is excited to present a very special series of artists’ talks this fall. The season begins with Pat Steir—long one of the most important abstract painters on the New York scene—whose work is currently on view at the Museum with two major new acquisitions. Teresita Fernández, a leading contemporary artist, is highlighted in A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art. Internationally acclaimed Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander will be featured this fall in an exhibition of contemporary South Asian art and with two monumental new commissions on campus.
This spring, freshman students explored color in a new course offered by Anya Klepikov, a lecturer in Theater through the Lewis Arts Center, and a New York based set and costume designer for theater and opera.
What is it like to be a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum? We work in a treasure house of art and artifacts illustrating five thousand years of world history. Our job is to cherish these pieces and introduce them to our visitors—trying to explain what the art meant to the people who first saw it, and always questioning what added meaning it has for us now. If we’re successful in persuading our visitors that there are no wrong answers, that each viewer’s opinion is right for him or her, that some pieces will appeal and some will repel; if we send groups off eager to visit other museums, knowing that if they’re lonely in a strange city they can find welcome at a museum, then we’ve done our jobs.
When we first met to discuss her class “Lighting Design” (THR 318/VIS 318), it was immediately apparent that Jane’s passion for the performing arts is matched by her enthusiasm for her students and the visual arts.
This spring a special film series at the Princeton Garden Theatre expands the investigation of the meanings of landscape in the exhibition Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape.
“Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Population, Land Use, Biodiversity, and Energy,” a class recently held at the Art Museum, provoked spontaneous remarks from students in front of works of art that led to unforeseen topics of discussion.