Art for the Streets
The Art Museum is bringing its collections to town through a new project called Art for the Streets. High-quality reproductions of extraordinary artworks from the Museum’s globe-spanning collections now adorn the glass windows and doorways of otherwise empty storefronts in Palmer Square and, more recently, the Princeton Shopping Center. This initiative—which we expect will extend to more windows in the coming months—seeks to help sustain the liveliness of Princeton at a time when many forces are challenging the survival of small businesses. Museum Director James Steward notes, “With so many empty storefronts, it seems critical to do what we can to safely enliven our town’s streetscapes and do our part to support local businesses, residents, and visitors at such a difficult time.” Residents out for a cup of coffee, some shopping, or a masked stroll now encounter reproductions of diverse works from across the Museum’s collections, including a beaded African tunic, an Edo-period Japanese print, a sculpture of a Maya god, and a painting by Édouard Manet, among others. Each reproduction is accompanied by a QR code linking it to additional information so that the viewing experience can become an educational one, too.
This program is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
TunicTunic, late 19th–early 20th century
The Cotton Bowl, from the series Strange FruitThe Cotton Bowl, from the series Strange Fruit, 2011
Hank Willis Thomas, born 1976, Plainfield, NJ; active New York, NY
Study of a Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Illustration from the Rind AlbumStudy of a Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Illustration from the Rind Album, ca. 1800
Demonstrators at the Women’s Strike for Equality, New York CityDemonstrators at the Women’s Strike for Equality, New York City, August 26, 1970
Fred W. McDarrah, 1926–2007; born Brooklyn, NY; died New York | for The Village Voice
Moon Pine at Ueno, from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in EdoMoon Pine at Ueno, from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo, 1857
Edo period, 1615–1868
Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重, 1797–1858 | Published by Uoya Eikichi 魚屋栄吉 (Kinshōdō 金松堂)
Illustration to the Bhagavata Purana: Muchukunda Kills the Warrior KalayavanaIllustration to the Bhagavata Purana: Muchukunda Kills the Warrior Kalayavana, ca. 1775
The Three TreesThe Three Trees, 1643
Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669
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