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Hold: A Meditation on Black Aesthetics

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Image: Kerry James Marshall, American, born 1955.  Printed in collaboration with Pam Paulson at Paulson Bott Press.  Vignette (Wishing Well), 2010.  Color aquatint etching with drypoint, chine collé, and hand coloring.  plate: 113.7 × 85.8 cm (44 3/4 × 33 3/4 in.)  sheet: 135.5 × 103.3 cm (53 3/8 × 40 11/16 in.)  Museum purchase, Felton Gibbons Fund 2017-13.

In collaboration with the opening of Hold: A Meditation on Black Aesthetics at the Princeton University Art Museum, please join us for a cross-disciplinary discussion on black aesthetics on Thursday, November 9.

Curated by Nijah Cunningham, postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows, the exhibit includes just over twenty works by black artists. Featuring works by Kara Walker, Sanford Biggers, Kerry James Marshall, Emma Amos, Glenn Ligon, and more, the exhibit explores themes of a complicated belonging through self-portraiture, autobiography, images of dreams and entrapment. Cunningham curates works on paper alongside sculpture resembling garments in a small gallery that highlights the intimate experience of these works. Hold: A Meditation on Black Aesthetics will be on exhibit from November 4 - February 11, 2018. 

On Thursday, November 9th, curator Nijah Cunningham and Rosed Serrano (AAS '18) offer a private exhibit tour at the Art Museum, followed by a discussion with architect V. Mitch McEwen at Betts Auditorium. 

5:00 pm: Private tour with Nijah Cunningham, Princeton University Art Museum. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, click here

6:00 pm: Presentation by Nijah Cunningham and talk-back / discussion with V. Mitch McEwen, Assistant Professor School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium. 

Immediately following the discussion, a reception will be held at the School of Architecture.