Designing a New Art Museum for Princeton with Architect Sir David Adjaye and Museum Director James Steward

In this richly illustrated talk, Sir David Adjaye and Museum Director James Steward reveal the design for the new Museum, slated to open in 2024.  This talk explores the ways in which the new Museum will present new approaches to collections display, break down barriers to participation, invite entry by all, and shape new ways of encountering art.  

“Sir David’s architecture will invite visitors to see themselves as citizens of a broader set of communities,” notes Steward, “which in turn, we hope, will nurture a deeper sense of our shared humanity. The design will give us a building that truly allows the collections to sing, fosters new modes of investigation, and affords new moments of aspiration and inspiration.”

“The reconstruction of the Princeton University Art Museum is conceived as a campus within the campus,” said Adjaye, “a space of genuine inquiry where the exhibition of diverse practices, learning as a synthesis of knowledge, and cross-cultural connections weave together into a singular experience that encompasses a multiplicity of ideas and peoples.”