Museum Videos

Nassau Hall Faculty Room

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 turned 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.

Stardust

In March 2014, Stardust, a six-panel jacquard tapestry handwoven by fabric artist Bhakti Ziek, was installed in Community Hall at Whitman College. Created on her Vermont loom over the course of ten months, each of the sixteen-foot panels is woven with silk, Tencel, and metallic yarns. This video captures the weaver’s process and her thoughts about the commission. 

Saving an Archaeological Treasure

Princeton's expeditions of the 1930s at the ancient city Antioch-on-the-Orontes, located near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey, unearthed archaeological treasures of one of the most important cultural and political centers of the Roman Empire. Among the finds was a collection of mosaic pavements brought to Princeton, including one example that in 1951 made its way to the threshold of the Architecture Laboratory, where time continued to take its toll. Fortunately, the mosaic was rediscovered. In the summer of 2012, the mosaic was taken to the Brooklyn Conservation Studio of Leslie Gat for restoration. In March 2013, the mosaic was reinstalled in the lobby of the School of Architecture. The entire process of removal, conservation, and installation is documented in this video.

Up and Away

Interview with artist Odili Donald Odita

Odili Donald Odita discusses his mural in Butler College, a commissioned work installed on the walls of Butler College at Princeton University in 2009.

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