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Art exhibition features works of class of 1957

This spring Princeton's class of 1957 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its graduation with an exhibition of art works from class members' collections.

The exhibition, titled "'57 Collects: A 50th Anniversary Celebration," features objects in various media spanning a broad cultural and chronological spectrum. It will be on view at the Princeton University Art Museum from Saturday, May 19, through Sunday, Aug. 12.

While the museum has previously organized alumni loan exhibitions, and individual classes have made contributions and gifts of art for its permanent collection, this is the first initiative to combine the two for a major reunion.

"It is an excellent opportunity to celebrate Princeton's alumni collectors and to have their works on view in the context of the museum's collections," said Susan Taylor, director of the museum.

The project has already realized its first major donation, with the gift by class member Stuart Feld and his wife, Sue -- longtime benefactors of the museum -- of one of the most significant paintings to enter the museum's American collections in some time: Eastman Johnson's "Study for 'A Glass With the Squire'" (circa 1880).

The exhibition was organized by Karl Kusserow, assistant curator of later Western art, in collaboration with class members Byron Bell, Henry Bessire, Stuart Feld and James Kraft.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. It is closed on Monday and major holidays.

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