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Virtual Events at The Princeton University Art Museum

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dates and details are subject to change; visit for updates.


Looking at 17th-Century Dutch Paintings
Thursday, October 8, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Join Ronni Baer, Allen R. Adler, Class of ’67, Distinguished Curator and Lecturer, for a virtual visit to the planned installation of 17th-century Dutch paintings at the Princeton University Art Museum that unfortunately had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.  She will introduce you to works that haven’t often been on view, place familiar paintings into new contexts, share discoveries resulting from ongoing research, and explore a recent acquisition or two.


Drawing from the Collections

Thursdays, October 8 – November 12, 8 p.m. (EDT)


The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free online art-making experiences. Weekly classes are taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom, so participants can join live from home. A variety of media and techniques will be explored using materials readily available. Each week’s lesson features works from the Museum’s collections and is introduced by an Art Museum Student Tour Guide.


Artist Talk: Duane Michals

Thursday, October 22, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)


Widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and the essential use of text in his images, Duane Michals is one of the great photographic innovators of the last century. Michals will lead a candid discussion touching on topics such as metaphysics, personal identity, the nature of memory, photography, and filmmaking. Introduced by Art Museum Director James Steward.


Thursday, November 5, 5:30 p.m. (EST)


Join us for a conversation with Chinese multimedia artist, filmmaker, and musician Lawrence Lek, the 2020 Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, International Artist-in-Residence, and Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lek uses gaming software, 3D animation, installation, performance, and technologies such as VR to create site-specific virtual worlds through which he examines the impact of digital realities on the politics of creativity and perceptions of reality.

Artist Talk: Vik Muniz

Thursday, November 12, 5:30 p.m. (EST)


Photographer Vik Muniz is best known for his recreations of seminal artworks in history using everyday materials, from images torn from magazines to junk to powdered pigments. Muniz will discuss his career as well as his creative process and his latest production in the face of the pandemic. His ongoing series Postcards from Nowhere will be published in a new book by Aperture in fall 2020. Introduced by Art Museum Director James Steward.


Panel Discussion

Picturing Pandemics: From the Distant Past to the Recent Present

Thursday, November 20, 2 p.m. (EST)

Throughout history and across cultures, works of art have played a fundamental role in addressing infectious diseases and their damaging effects on individuals and a society. Some artists have used narrative to document an epidemic, while others have worked more abstractly or have urged activism. Join Bryan Just, Peter Jay Sharp Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas; Laura Giles, Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970, Curator of Prints and Drawings; Veronica White, Curator of Academic Programs; and Robbie LeDesma, a Princeton graduate student in Molecular Biology, for a discussion of objects in the Museum’s collections related to pandemics, ranging from the ancient Americas to contemporary times.


Faculty Panel

Displaced, Erased, Unseen: Representations of Latinx Bodies in Contemporary Art
Friday, November 13, 2 p.m. (EST)


Join us for a live webinar roundtable featuring Princeton voices from across disciplines considering the strategies used by Latinx artists to combat the social and political forces that obscure the lived experiences of marginalized communities. The panel will engage recent scholarship on the representation of Latinx bodies and feature work by Latin American artists recently added to the Museum’s collections. Panelists include Javier Guerrero, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of Undergraduate Studies; Susana Draper, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature; and Christina León, Assistant Professor, English. Moderated by Beth Gollnick, Curatorial Associate in Photography and Modern and Contemporary Art.

Virtual Exhibition and Reflection

Day With(out) Art

Tuesday, December 1


December 1 marks the thirty-first anniversary of Day With(out) Art, a day when cultural organizations raise awareness of AIDS, remember people who have died, and inspire positive action. In honor of this event, the Museum will feature a virtual exhibition, including works of art that reflect on the AIDS crisis, and will invite the community to share thoughts and memories on the Museum’s social media accounts.


Collecting Art 101

Saturday, December 5, 1–5 p.m. (EST)

Join three fine arts specialists as they share tips on how to begin and maintain your own art collection. Inspired by the virtual exhibition The Eclectic Eye: A Tribute to Duane Wilder, this program will explore collecting photography, prints, and twentieth-century American painting. Featuring Sarah Morthland, certified member, Appraisers Association of America; Cora Michael, owner/principal, Cora Michael Fine Art LLC; and Jonathan Spies, Former Gallery Director, Menconi + Schoelkopf. Feel welcome to register for just one session, or join us for all three. Each session has its own registration link. Please register for each session individually.

  • 1–2 p.m.: Collecting Photography with Sarah Morthland, Certified Member, Appraisers Association of America
  • 2:30–3:30 p.m.: Collecting Prints with Cora Michael, Owner/Principal, Cora Michael Fine Art LLC
  • 4–5 p.m.: Collecting 20th-Century American Painting with Jonathan Spies, Former Gallery Director, Menconi + Schoelkopf




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