This exhibition of approximately forty photographs celebrates the pioneering legacy of David H. McAlpin, Class of 1920, whose seminal gift to Princeton of more than five hundred photographs, beginning in 1971, made this one of the earliest museums to commit to photography as a fine art form. A friend to many midcentury artists and a champion of art museums, McAlpin brought a visionary impulse to his collecting and to his donation to Princeton.
Surfaces Seen and Unseen: African Art at Princeton examines how changes to the surfaces of African sculptures alter their appearance and power over time. The exhibition showcases the Museum’s growing African collection and loans from private collections.
A Material Legacy brings together many of the most exciting artists of the past decade to illuminate the material impulse found in contemporary art practices. Nearly all made within the last ten years, and many in the last several years, the works in the exhibition provide a fresh view into art making in the twenty-first century and include globe-spanning artists from North America to Chile and India.
Indian paintings are usually admired as individual works of art, framed and hung on museum walls, but viewing them this way reveals only part of their story. Most of these paintings come from books and were intended to accompany a text. Drawing from the San Diego Museum of Art’s renowned Edwin Binney IIIrd Collection, this exhibition will introduce viewers to the world of South Asian paintings from the twelfth through the nineteenth century through the classics of literature that they illustrate.