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This winter, the Museum’s galleries are full of works that attest to the continuing vitality of art, the power of close and sustained looking, and the importance of the universal museum. 

Two-year project funded by IMLS provided digitization and cataloguing of White’s most important photographs and materials

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).

Museum’s Asian art collections to be made substantially more accessible to scholars and the public.

The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C.

Major international exhibition of classical Greek vases organized by Princeton University Art Museum

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.

Ancient Andean art can be challenging to teach to undergraduates. In order to explore the art these civilizations produced, students first have to understand the complex cultural contexts. 

Building on the success of last fall’s upper-level seminar on Paul Cézanne, John Elderfield is teaching a course this fall that addresses aspects of the work of the American artist Willem de Kooning, in particular the relationships in de Kooning’s practice between painting and drawing and between abstraction and figuration.

A spectacular, sprawling sixty-six-foot mosaic and a twenty-five-foot luminous multilayered glass painting by the acclaimed Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander will join the Museum’s collections this fall. The two site-specific works will  be permanently installed at the newly renovated 20 Washington Road, the former Frick Chemistry Laboratory and now the new home to the Economics Department and the Louis A. Simpson *60 International Building at Princeton. Overlooking the building’s large open-lit common areas—the glass painting in the Economics Forum and the mosaic in the International Atrium—the works are Sikander’s first foray into glass.

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