During Reunions, the Princeton University Art Museum continues its three-month exhibition of sculptures, collages, and other assemblages from German avant-garde artist Kurt Schwitters. It is the first overview of his work in the United States since his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1985.
Princeton has nearly 150 years of intercollegiate-athletics history, and the games played in the Internet age represent a relatively small slice. By 1901, a pair of Tiger fans, Frank Presbrey, Class of 1879, and James Moffatt, Class of 1900, had compiled enough stories, photos, and box scores to fill a rather hefty book, Athletics at Princeton: A History, which begins with a rundown of important firsts — Princeton’s first baseball game, vs. Williams in 1864; its first football game, vs. Rutgers in 1869; and its first trip to the intercollegiate rowing regatta, at Saratoga, N.Y., in 1874.
In the pages of Wikipedia, however, the Tigers of yesteryear have a somewhat limited footprint. On Oct. 19, 11 volunteer editors began to fill in a few of the gaps, drawing on reference materials at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.
The “edit-a-thon” was the third of its kind hosted by Mudd this year. Q Miceli ’12, a former student employee at Mudd, suggested the idea after attending a Smithsonian-sponsored edit-a-thon in 2011. She organized the first two Princeton events — focused on University history and women at Princeton — and returned as a participant this time.
Christa Cleeton, a special collections assistant at Mudd, said that the edit-a-thons encourage Wikipedia editors to take advantage of the vast range of historical documents that are available to the public. The events also aim to show that a visit to the archives is not as challenging as it may seem, Cleeton said.
The Art Museum also features three exhibitions drawn largely from University collections: “The Tōkaidō Road: 19th- and 20th-Century Journeys through Japanese Prints”; “Lasting Impressions of the Grand Tour: Giuseppe Vasi’s Rome”; and “When Men and Mountains Meet: China as Land and People.”
A selection of visual works by students in the Lewis Center for the Arts are on display at two sites: the Lucas Gallery (185 Nassau Street) and the James S. Hall Memorial Gallery (Butler College, lower level between Building A and Bogle Hall).