In focus: Art Museum enlivens summertime activities
The Princeton University Art Museum is offering a range of exhibitions this summer, all of which are open to the public.
First among these is a landmark exhibition exploring the advent of color photography as a fine art form in the 1970s. "Starburst" is described as a surprising look at a misunderstood era, and is on view until Sept. 26.
The museum also goes outside its own walls with the exhibition "Inner Sanctum," an examination of the changing purposes and identity of the Faculty Room in Nassau Hall, one of the nation’s most historic spaces, filled with portraits that speak to 250 years of history, on view until Oct. 30.
Also on the calendar is an exhibition of one of the great contemporary ceramic artists (and a former Princeton faculty member): "Presence and Remembrance: The Art of Toshiko Takaezu," running through Sept. 11.
A range of events enriches July and August, including the museum’s first series of outdoor film screenings (featuring "Chinatown," "Jaws" and "Shampoo") on three successive Thursday evenings beginning July 22, in addition to an evening of bluegrass in celebration of an American summer on Thursday, Aug. 12.
Another new offering is the "Artful Adventures" program, through which children visit art exhibitions with a "passport" to map their travels, and are encouraged to come up with creative ideas themselves.
Founded in 1882, the art museum is a cultural and educational resource for the entire University community, as well as visitors to the campus. It features a distinguished collection of approximately 72,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary art, and spanning the world. Each year about 130,000 people visit the museum, which charges no entrance fee.
The museum offers outreach to the public through an electronic newsletter, a Facebook page and a Twitter page.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.