Hugh Hayden / Creation Myths

January 18 – June 7, 2020

 Hugh Hayden (b. 1983) works with materials that have fascinating, politically charged histories. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Hayden often draws from his own background and experiences to derive the forms and meanings of his works. For Creation Myths, the artist’s first solo presentation in a museum context, Hayden responds to the history of Bainbridge House, and to Princeton more broadly. He has created four distinct—but interconnected—spaces: a kitchen, dining room, study, and classroom. Each space is defined by an installation; together, they craft a narrative—part fiction, part history—that evokes such themes as cuisine, leisure, and education, and explores the intersections of these themes with the complex legacy of slavery.