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On view this summer:
Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States, through July 7.
Presented in both English and Spanish, this exhibition features more than fifty Mexican retablos, folk paintings on small sheets of tin dedicated to Christ, the Virgin or saints to commemorate a miraculous event. Vibrant and emotive, the works in the exhibition were offered primarily by Mexican migrants to the United States and span the entirety of the 20th century.
As such, they serve as both historical documents and as eloquent personal expressions of suffering, insecurity and salvation, particularly with regard to the challenges of crossing the U.S.–Mexico border. An exploration of both iconography and identity, Miracles on the Border presents retablos as material expressions of faith, human vulnerability and transnational migration.
Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity, June 29–October 20.
This exhibition celebrates the generous gift of ten prints and five related trial proofs from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation to the Princeton University Art Museum. Spanning five decades and more than a dozen distinct technical processes, these works represent the continuous and generative role of printmaking in Frankenthaler’s oeuvre while also tracing the ascendance of the American Print Renaissance and the emergence of a critical discourse for abstraction in the latter half of the twentieth century.
Featuring approximately fifty works in total, the exhibition draws the prints from the Foundation’s gift into conversation with additional works variously focusing on Frankenthaler’s compositional language, working process, collaborations, evocations of place, and historical referents, revealing the vitality of the artist’s work in prints throughout her remarkable career.
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.
Legacy: Selections from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection, July 20–October 6.
Celebrating the life and career of Gillett G. Griffin (1928–2016), this exhibition highlights a selection of artworks and artifacts from the thousands that he donated and bequeathed to the Princeton University Art Museum. A respected curator, scholar, and collector, Griffin was also a beloved teacher and one of the most memorable figures in the history of the Princeton community.
Among the fifty-five pieces in the exhibition will be Greek, Roman, Egyptian, ancient Near Eastern, Islamic, African, Chinese, Japanese, and Pre-Columbian antiquities, as well as European and American prints, drawings, and sculptures, and a handful of paintings and drawings that attest to Griffin’s own talents as an artist.
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