Living in an age when Jews are fully integrated into so much of America’s public and popular culture, it is difficult to imagine a time before they shone on the stage and printed page. Such a future for Jews was scarcely imaginable in the crucible years after the birth of the United States. In the colonial period, there was little precedent for Jews speaking for themselves vocally and volubly in the public arena. At the dawn of the Republic, they were new to American public life.
Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise brings together works created during the 45-year lifespan of the Newcomb enterprise—an artistic and commercial venture which provided a rare opportunity for Southern women to support themselves and resulted in one of the most vital workshops of the American Arts and Crafts movement, including iconic pottery as well as textiles, metalwork, jewelry, and bookbinding.
Surfaces Seen and Unseen: African Art at Princeton examines how ornamental and ritual additions to the evolving surfaces of African sculptures alter an object’s appearance and power over the course of its lifetime. The exhibition also 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.