When Art Danced With Music: An Artistic Revolution – Anika Yardi ’21

“In 2013 I was fortunate enough to visit the National Gallery of Art to view a special exhibition — “Diaghalev and the Ballet Russes: When Art Danced With Music.” It showcased the history, theatricality, and unparalleled artwork of the Ballet Russes, a Russian ballet company that performed in the mid 20th century, breaking all traditions of ballet and dance.” Anika Yardi ’21 reflects on her experience, “The more I went through the exhibition, the more I was able to draw parallels between my dance practice and the art I saw before me. I saw similarities between the colorful costumes, the mythological and ancient stories being played out on a stage, and even the sense of camaraderie that can only come from putting on a production…. This experience made me reconsider my notion of what constituted art, and ever since then I have viewed both the dances that I perform and the art that I love in a more golden light.”

Countryside, The Future: An Art Museum’s Take on Modern Environmental Issues – Lois Wu ’23

The exhibition was designed to focus on issues surrounding land use in the “countryside”, roughly defined as any non-urban area… I love art museums and think that finding a sustainable human-environment relationship is one of the most pressing issues of our day, but I don’t generally think of art museums as champions of environmental activism—I wanted to see how these topics were brought together in this “not-art-exhibition”.

Color on a Cloudy Day – A Visit to Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition – Sienna Byrne ’23

Usually when going to an art museum, I expect to mill around the galleries looking at various paintings or wander down a few statue-filled corridors. However, my visit to Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition in Seattle completely turned my idea of being immersed in art on its head. The long-term exhibition first opened at Seattle Read more about Color on a Cloudy Day – A Visit to Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition – Sienna Byrne ’23[…]

Finding Home in Art: The Delhi Art Gallery, New York City – Anoushka Mariwala ’21

It was a blustery day in New York City when I slipped inside the Fuller Building to visit the Delhi Art Gallery. The DAG in Mumbai is one of my favourite spaces in the city, especially because it happens to be one of the only avenues that displays modern and contemporary Indian art. During fall Read more about Finding Home in Art: The Delhi Art Gallery, New York City – Anoushka Mariwala ’21[…]

The Musée Rodin, Paris, France – Shelby Kinch ’22

The Musée Rodin, located in the beautiful 7th Arrondissement feels like a secret garden in which art, birds, and history nestle amongst the flora. This summer I unexpectedly got the opportunity to visit this hidden enclave of art history. I had began the day eager to visit The Musée d’Orsay, a museum housed in a Read more about The Musée Rodin, Paris, France – Shelby Kinch ’22[…]

Favorite Art Museum Experience – Binita Gupta ’20

I lived a 5-minute walk away from the Princeton University Art Museum for an entire three months, without caring to venture inside. It was undoubtedly a beautiful building, with stained-glass structures guarding the outside and stunning trapeze artists gracing the inside. Unfortunately, I was a freshman who glanced over it just like I glanced over Read more about Favorite Art Museum Experience – Binita Gupta ’20[…]

The Whitney: An Incomplete History of Protest – Yolanda Jin ’20

During the first sunny day after the relentless Spring Break snowstorm in New York City, I walked into the dimly lit space of the sixth-floor exhibition at the Whitney Museum. The first thing that registered in my mind was the stark white title An Incomplete History of Protest splayed out across the coal black wall. Read more about The Whitney: An Incomplete History of Protest – Yolanda Jin ’20[…]

Favorite Museum Experience – Raya Ward ’21

To be clear, I hated abstract art. I didn’t understand it. Not only was non objective art confusing, it was frustrating. I couldn’t figure out what these wacky artists were trying to say, and it seriously upset me. I was looking at a coded message––knowing it held something beautiful, some secret answer to an unknown Read more about Favorite Museum Experience – Raya Ward ’21[…]

Favorite Art Museum Experience – Sydney Goldman ’21

I will never forget sitting in a darkened seventh grade history room, legs crossed on an uncomfortable plastic chair, with an “Introduction to the Renaissance” Powerpoint playing on the projector. That was the day that I fell in love with Raphael. Raphael wasn’t one of the angsty, pre-pubescent boys in class who knew nothing but Read more about Favorite Art Museum Experience – Sydney Goldman ’21[…]

Making History Visible – Morgan Steelman ’20

Some of the greatest learning experiences occur outside of the classroom. One such experience for me was participating in the Making History Visible Tour at the Princeton University Art Museum. Led by a small number of students from the Student Advisory Board who were also trained art museum student tour guides, the tour allowed me Read more about Making History Visible – Morgan Steelman ’20[…]