Legacy: Selections from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection

Late Formative, Xochipala, Central Mexico, Guerrero, 400 B.C.–A.D. 200. Standing woman. Ceramic with traces of red pigment. Bequest of Gillett G. Griffin / photo John Bigelow Taylor

Legacy: Selections from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection celebrates the life and career of Gillett G. Griffin (1928–2016), highlighting a selection of artworks and artifacts from the thousands that he donated and bequeathed to the Princeton University Art Museum. Griffin was not only a respected curator, scholar, and collector but also a beloved teacher—and one of the most memorable figures in the history of the university and the Princeton community. Among the fifty-five pieces in the exhibition will be Greek, Roman, Egyptian, ancient Near Eastern, Islamic, African, Chinese, Japanese, and Pre-Columbian antiquities, as well as European and American prints, drawings, and sculptures, and a handful of paintings and drawings that attest to Griffin’s own talents as an artist.

Legacy: Selections from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection is made possible with support from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; the Donna and Hans Sternberg, Class of 1957, Art Museum Program Fund; Alfred L. Bush; Michael Dawson; and the Partners and Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum.