Clark Muñoz Gallery
The Clark Muñoz Gallery is a space for exhibitions of visual material, ranging from contemporary art to historical memorabilia. This space serves to increase Princeton University’s engagement with visual artwork, particularly via works with contemporary relevance that speak to diverse communities. Exhibitions of student artwork are encouraged.
Recent displays have included:
October 2010 – November 2010
The work of artist Tomie Arai was on view in the Clark Muñoz Gallery in 2010. Exhibited works included mixed-media sculpture, silk-screened J. Crew catalogues, and multi-part renderings on wooden panels. Programming in conjunction with this exhibition included an opening reception, live silk-screening whereby the artist created and disseminated free artwork. The exhibit concluded with a discussion with the artist regarding the works on view.
February 2011 – May 2011
40 Years at the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding
This exhibition commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding (formerly the Third World Center) at Princeton. The Clark Muñoz Gallery showcased artwork, memorabilia, and photographs of historical significance and/or documented past events at the Center.
April 2011 - May 2011
Artist in residence, Christian Awe conducted workshops at the Center with University students as well as area middle-school students who work with Community House. In May 2011 works by the students and Awe were on view in the Clark Muñoz Gallery. Awe and student artists participated in a live painting performance as part of the culminating exhibition.
The inaugural exhibition in the Clark Muñoz Gallery featured work by contemporary artist, Nnenna Okore. Her abstract sculptures, often made of any combination of newspaper, clay, and found materials, highlights socio-economic disparities, sustainable development and environmental conservation in West Africa. Nnenna Okore visited Princeton University in October of 2009 to participate in programming during the “Coming Back and Looking Forward” conference. Okore also visited the studios of several visual art students.
Entitled 'From India to South Africa and Back: Land, Culture, Story', the works exhibited in the library included selections from Chandrashekar's private collection and served to contextualize her artistic medium of dance, Bharatnatyam, one of the oldest classical dance forms in India. Similar artifacts frequent Indian households in South Africa. These artifacts were accompanied by Hugh Price’s photographs of South Africa, taken in 1990. Chandrashekar dance performance channeled transnational facets of culture that began in India and now flourish in South Africa among other global locales. Additionally, Chandrashekar regularly taught classical Indian dance to Princeton students. Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a Professor of Practice in South Asian performing arts.
“The Street”, as many so fondly refer to Prospect Avenue remains central to Princeton University 's social happenings and became home to the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding in the Fall of 2009. Artworks by Princeton students and alumni were on view throughout the Center, predominantly in the Clark Muñoz Gallery. Curated by Tayo Ogunbiyi ('06), the exhibition featured dozens of artists.
Photographs taken by Hugh Price in the days surrounding President De Klerk’s denouncement of apartheid and newspapers that Price collected concurrently, comprise his personal archive of Cape Town during this tumultuous moment. A selection of these items were on view in the Clark Muñoz Gallery of the Carl A. Fields Center from February 9 through February 28, 2010. The dozens of depicted young people bring to mind the active youth of President Obama’s 2009 campaign, and serve as proof of adolescents historically empowered and socially engaged. They too, even in a city that has remained one of the preeminent vacation locales on the African continent, found a place in the political struggle that would eventually manifest in a new era for South Africa.