Migration and Material Alchemy

Poetry, translation, and materiality are foregrounded in this selection of works by contemporary artists from around the globe. These artists present subjects and materials in states of transition to contend with issues of urgent social concern, including political upheaval, environmental degradation, displaced populations, and the AIDS crisis. Working from positions of personal or political vulnerability, they provide a human context for issues of immense scope and imbue humble materials with spiritual or metaphorical resonance. In this way, alchemy, as it describes the migration from one state of being to another, provides the conceptual axis for this installation. Each of the works on view captures a moment of physical or metaphysical transformation and highlights this shifting, indeterminate condition as one of simultaneous vulnerability and powerful potential.

Migration and Material Alchemy is part of a community-wide initiative that explores the theme of migration through myriad lenses. In celebration of the fiftieth year of the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University, this installation features artists from Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and Peru.

  • 33468
    Late Horizon, Inca
    Quipu with three figures
    y1990-73
  • 81864
    Cássio Vasconcellos, Brazilian, born 1965
    Vidal de Negreiros–Ilha Bela, 1988
    2013-65
  • 41485
    William Kentridge, South African, born 1955
    Atlas Procession I, 2000
    2002-412
  • 41494
    William Kentridge, South African, born 1955
    Printed by Jack Shirreff at 107 Workshop
    Published by David Krut Editions, South African
    Atlas Procession II, 2000
    2002-413
  • 18682
    Duane Michals, American, born 1932
    Illuminated Man, 1986
    x1993-190.2.10
  • 58879
    Chinese, Modern period, 1912–present
    Ji Yunfei 季雲飛, born 1963
    The Wait, 2009
    2010-80
  • 41315
    Chinese, Modern period, 1912–present
    Xu Bing 徐冰, Chinese, born 1955
    Book from the Sky (Tianshu), ca. 1987–91
    2002-281.1-.5
  • 109394
    El Anatsui, Ghanaian, born 1944; based in Nigeria
    Another Place, 2014
    2015-6689
  • 18141
    John Cage, American, 1912–1992
    Printed by Stephen Thomas, American, active 1975–1980
    Printed by Lilah Toland, American, active 1978–1983
    Published by Crown Point Press
    Score without Parts (40 Drawings by Thoreau): Twelve Haiku, 1978
    x1993-223
  • 12507
    Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881–1973
    Printed by Roger Lacourière, French, 1892–1966
    Sueño y Mentira de Franco (Dream and Lie of Franco), 1937
    x1972-2
  • 17131
    Victor Masayesva, Hopi, born 1951
    Fog Bound, 1981
    x1992-151 a-b
  • 55495
    Adam Fuss, British, born 1961
    Untitled, 1992
    2008-61
  • 58069
    Allora & Calzadilla, American and Cuban, working together from 1995
    Land Mark (Foot Prints), 2001–02
    2009-147 a
  • 58071
    Allora & Calzadilla, American and Cuban, working together from 1995
    Land Mark (Foot Prints), 2001–02
    2009-147 c
  • 58073
    Allora & Calzadilla, American and Cuban, working together from 1995
    Land Mark (Foot Prints), 2001–02
    2009-147 e
  • 58074
    Allora & Calzadilla, American and Cuban, working together from 1995
    Land Mark (Foot Prints), 2001–02
    2009-147 f
  • 58075
    Allora & Calzadilla, American and Cuban, working together from 1995
    Land Mark (Foot Prints), 2001–02
    2009-147 g
  • 58077
    Allora & Calzadilla, American and Cuban, working together from 1995
    Land Mark (Foot Prints), 2001–02
    2009-147 i
  • 58078
    Allora & Calzadilla, American and Cuban, working together from 1995
    Land Mark (Foot Prints), 2001–02
    2009-147 j
  • 58079
    Allora & Calzadilla, American and Cuban, working together from 1995
    Land Mark (Foot Prints), 2001–02
    2009-147 k