This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on April 26, 1616. To commemorate the occasion, the Art Museum has partnered with the Princeton University Library in presenting an exhibition devoted to ways in which Shakespeare's literary and theatrical achievement has been memorialized in the visual arts. "Remember Me": Shakespeare and His Legacy showcases works from the Library's Rare Books Division and the Graphic Arts Collection, together with works from the Art Museum and a private collection.
Featuring major works by five internationally renowned artists, this exhibition explores the continuing power and role of narrative in the art of South Asia. While some of these works directly refer to or reinterpret techniques and stylistic manners found in earlier art, others take inspiration from the symbiotic relationship between text and image in many traditional paintings.
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 3rd Collection, this exhibition will introduce viewers to the world of South Asian paintings from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century through the classics of literature that they illustrate.
Revealing Pictures features more than thirty photographs from the collection of Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992. Works on view by Edmund Clark, Daniel and Geo Fuchs, Pieter Hugo, Liu Zheng, Zanele Muholi, Robert Polidori, and others serve as striking examples of photography’s ability to explore issues of identity, place, and nationhood. Muholi began making a series of portraits as a form of visual activism in response to crimes against gays and women in her native South Africa.
The Berlin Painter was the name given by Sir John Davidson Beazley (1885-1970) to an otherwise anonymous Athenian vase-painter, active in the first quarter of the fifth century B.C., whose hand he recognized in nearly 300 complete and fragmentary vases in public and private collections around the world.