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Symposium celebrates Griffin's career, May 14

A symposium celebrating the remarkable career of collector, curator and scholar Gillett Griffin is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room.

Sponsored by the University Art Museum and the Program in Latin American Studies, "Unexpected Journey: Gillett G. Griffin and the Art of the Ancient Americas at Princeton" will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Griffin, a faculty curator emeritus, retired last July after 52 years at Princeton. He served as the art museum's curator of pre-Columbian art from 1967 to 2004. Many pieces in the collection are gifts or are on loan from Griffin, or have been given in his honor.

The symposium will take a retrospective look at his contributions to the study of the art of the indigenous peoples of North, Central and South America as well as illuminate the ways in which significant areas of the field of ancient Mesoamerican art history have evolved.

The speakers, all of whom have had close associations with Griffin and the Princeton collection over the last 40 years, will interweave their talks with thoughts on the role the Princeton collection has played in their own work. They also will bring a wide variety of perspectives to a concluding discussion on the future of ancient art of the Americas at Princeton.

The symposium is being organized in conjunction with a May 7-June 12 exhibition of works of pre-Columbian art in the collection of the art museum given by or in honor of Griffin.

There is no registration fee, but advance registration for the symposium is required by contacting Andrea Stearly at (609) 258-1741. Space is limited.

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