The new Princeton University Art Museum, now taking shape in the same location as its predecessor, between Dod Hall and Prospect House, is scheduled to be completed in 2024. But until then, where can one find art at Princeton?
A good place to start is Art@Bainbridge. The Colonial-era building at 158 Nassau St. includes four small exhibition rooms that will be home to the “Body Matters / Martha Friedman” sculpture exhibition from May 20 to July 10. Friedman is a lecturer in Princeton’s visual arts program.
Just a six-minute walk away, one can find the University’s other, newer downtown gallery: Art on Hulfish, at 11 Hulfish St. It’s a much larger space, complete with cozy chairs, pillow seats on windowsills, and a designated “Art Making” section that welcomes children and adults. From May 7 through Aug. 7, a contemporary group show called “Screen Time: Photography and Video Art in the Internet Age” will be on display.
The galleries, which will remain open until at least the fall of 2024, are “meant to be calling cards for the museum,” said James Steward, director of the museum. “I think of them almost as ambassadors for the University — important ways of connecting to wider circles of visitors and communities.”
The museum also offers walking tours of the University’s outdoor art collection, and reuners can take advantage of other programs, including a meet-the-artist event and a panel discussion on rethinking museums for the 21st century. Details can be found at bit.ly/PUAMevents.