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Artist Toshiko Takaezu to give slide talk, Nov. 4

Toshiko Takaezu, renowned potter and creator of the bronze Remembrance Bell in Princeton's Memorial Garden near Chancellor Green, will present a film retrospective and talk about her life and work at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Takaezu taught ceramics at Princeton from 1967 to 1992, instilling in generations of students a sense of art, discipline and the possibilities of clay. Three of Takaezu's pots, in her inimitable blue glaze, are permanently exhibited in the main corridor at 185 Nassau St., thanks to the generosity of four students. Her work figures in the collections of more than 20 museums, including the Metropolitan and American Crafts Museums in New York, the Smithsonian, and the art museums of Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Honolulu and Bangkok.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art recently presented her with a lifetime achievement award in the context of a retrospective exhibit of her work, titled "The Poetry of Clay," which will be on view until March 6. Princeton previously has honored Takaezu with a Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities in 1992 and an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 1996.

As a Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, Takaezu joins a distinguished roster of eminent writers and artists that includes Twyla Tharp, Chuck Close, Don DeLillo, Nadine Gordimer, Arthur Miller, Richard Serra and Maurice Sendak, who have come to Princeton through a program created in memory of Chauncey Belknap of the class of 1912. A reception will follow the lecture, which is hosted by the Humanities Council and the Visual Arts Program .

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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