Museum Videos

John Elderfield Lecture | The Art of Attention: Paintings by Henri Matisse

March 8, 2015
The Art of Attention: Paintings by Henri Matisse

This recording is from the first of three lectures in a special series by John Elderfield on the occasion of his appointment as the Museum’s first Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Distinguished Curator and Lecturer.

A Conversation with El Anatsui

April 23, 2015

The influential Ghanaian artist El Anatsui makes use of Africa’s rich history and vibrant cultures to create spectacular wall hangings. Watch a conversation between El Anatsui and Chika Okeke-Agulu, associate professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology—a public program that took place during Anatsui’s tenure as the 2015 Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, International Artist-in-Residence.

The City Lost and Found Symposium | Artist Keynote

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Artist Martha Rosler, featured in the exhibition The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960-1980, in conversation with co-curators Katherine Bussard, Alison Fisher, and Greg Foster-Rice at the Art Museum.

Nassau Hall Faculty Room Video

The Faculty Room in Nassau Hall is considered the historic heart of Princeton University, both because of its many associations with the institution’s past and on account of the room’s significance in our broader national history. It is here that Princeton displays images of its founders and leaders, and here as well that one of the major conflicts of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Princeton, culminated in 1777—resulting in a crucial American victory that helped turn the tide of the war. 
This new video allows visitors a rare opportunity to see inside this historic space, which is normally closed to the public. Karl Kusserow, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, discusses the room’s fascinating history—from its past institutional roles as prayer hall, library, and museum to its current function as a faculty and trustee meeting room. Also discussed is the program of portraits dedicated to the institution’s history, including images of University founders and presidents by esteemed American artists Charles Willson Peale and John White Alexander.

Alexander Calder | Lecture by author and art critic Jed Perl

In conjunction with the loan of a pair of Alexander Calder sculptures from the Fisher Family collection, author and art critic Jed Perl was invited to discuss Calder's work on May 1, 2014. The lecture was supported in part by the International Sculpture Center.

Interview with Geoffrey Hendricks

Fluxus artist Geoffrey Hendricks discusses the performance of The Sky Is the Limit: A Happening at Princeton University on October 10, 2013.  This special performance of The Sky Is the Limit channeled the legacy of early performance art, incorporating movement, sound, image, everyday objects, and audience participation into a new piece choreographed by Hendricks for the Princeton campus.