Alumni, friends, and members of the University community gathered on October 6 to celebrate the dedication of the Lewis Arts complex, a village-like cluster of buildings—including the Wallace Dance Building and Theater, the New Music Building, and the Arts Tower—and public spaces that showcase the arts at Princeton. It was made possible with a $101 million gift from the late Peter B. Lewis ’55 and other generous donors, including Monte Wallace ’53 and Neil Wallace ’55.
As an aspiring wizard, wand in hand, steps before a huge screen projecting an image of the Hogwarts School Great Hall of Harry Potter fame, José Rico ’18 waits. At the moment the youngster flicks his wand while pronouncing magic words, Rico does his magic—making the spell come to life with the click of his computer’s buttons.
Stanley Mathabane ’17 was an accomplished jazz musician in high school. When he came to Princeton, he joined Triangle Club and decided to concentrate in psychology and earn a certificate in theater. Then Tony Award-winning professor Rob Kaplowitz turned him on to sound design, and now Stanley has combined his background in music with his love of theater to create a new score for his future.
A needle peeks through the thick fabric as trim is sewn onto a costume. A tap shoe clicks its energetic, syncopated rhythm on the stage floor. A soprano's voice wends its way through the air with heartbreaking melody. Bodies leap and bound, then gently connect and dissipate. And anyone in the rehearsal room can ask, "What if? …"
Before visitors step inside Princeton’s world-class art museum, they are greeted by a monumental glass and steel sculpture, a creative bridge from the campus’s arboretum-like setting to the visual treasures inside. Noted artists Doug and Mike Starn, twin brothers whose work has been exhibited at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Macro Museum in Rome, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, among other public and private collections, designed (Any) Body Oddly Propped especially for the museum’s front lawn. The commissioned work features eighteen-foot-tall panels of color made in a new glass-dyeing technique pioneered in Germany.
The contemporary landmark was made possible in part by the generosity of painter and conservationist Shelly Belfer Malkin ’86 and Anthony E. Malkin.
Inspired by the desire to help broaden boundaries for vision-impaired people, three Princeton University students created an armband device that allows a wearer without the ability to see to interpret color. The project emerged from a new class offered for the first time this spring, "Transformations in Engineering and the Arts," and lived up to the name of the course.
In designing the new Music Building and Lewis Center for the Arts complex, architect Steven Holl sought to create a collective space that would relate to the rest of the campus. In this video, he discusses his vision for the project and University Architect Ron McCoy *80 describes the connections Princetonians have with the University’s venerable buildings, and the challenge that presents for this new generation of architecture.
A Princeton alumnus and his wife have given $10 million for the Music Building that is part of the University’s arts complex under construction near University Place and Alexander Street. The building eventually will be named by the donors, who wish to remain anonymous for now.
Princetonians gathered at HBO’s New York City headquarters on February 3 for a preview screening of the newest documentary created by Andrew Jarecki ’85.