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“The Incorruptible Body,” a senior thesis exhibition by Angélica María Vielma ’18, is currently on view in Hurley Gallery at the new Lewis Center for the Arts through Saturday, April 14. An art and archeology major, Vielma has taken courses in photography, sculpture, product design, and environmentally minded art.
Though winter and spring seem to be playing a sick game of hide-and-seek, “thesis season” is no doubt upon us (and unaltered by Mother Nature’s on-again, off-again sense of control). For seniors in the visual arts department, however, “thesis season” refers to the entire spring semester, with some thesis shows happening as early as the last week in February and continuing through the first week in May. To accommodate solo exhibitions for each senior in the program, some students show during the same week, utilizing exhibition spaces at 185 Nassau Street, now the main headquarters for the Department of Visual Arts, as well as Hurley Gallery, an added venue for exhibiting seniors since the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts this year.
As sophomore art history majors in the Department of Art & Archaeology, Sarah Cho ’18 and Sarah Rapoport ’18 saw a need for more opportunities for undergraduate students to publish work in the field. As current seniors in the department, the two have successfully assembled a team of undergraduate students across multiple academic departments, as well as graduate students Annemarie Iker, Suzie Hermán, and Mostafa Heddaya to advise the journal. Titled “Kunstkammer,” a German word for “cabinet of curiosities,” the journal is meant to showcase work in the realm of art criticism and historical writing, as well as fine art submissions from a variety of academic institutions.
As a senior in the visual arts department, one of my three courses this spring is VIS 326: Pathological Color, taught by Professor Welling. The course allows students to experiment with color technologies in digital photography, and in our first seminar meeting we examined works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Ben Shahn, and Corita Kent that used psychedelic color in photographic and silk screen processes.
To those who know me, it’s no secret that I’m a champion of the personal day — sleeping in, watching movies, and only leaving the comfort of my room to retrieve coffee (or the occasional cheese pizza). Days like this are meant to prioritize lifestyle and personal well-being amid unrealistic expectations and wintertime blues, though it’s a choice that typically translates to: It’s more difficult for me to finish my homework because I’ve been busy watching a documentary about Irish pubs or reading "Rosemary’s Baby" with a box of Cheerios by my side. Though it took over two years of passing up social events and Netflix episodes for another few hours of idle studying, I eventually realized that my failure to make time for leisure and mental health was far worse than the prospect of getting a B grade.
One Friday afternoon in late October, Jeff Whetstone, a professor in the visual arts department, was stationed in the Digital Learning Lab on the first floor of Lewis Library, sitting in a swivel chair with his black leather boots kicked off for comfort.
As an admitted student, you may know that many a meme in Princeton Memes for Preppy AF Teens, the student-generated Facebook group dedicated to sharing mood-lifting JPEGs, are devoted to bursting the bubble of “prefroshian” optimism (the mind of a child is truly wonderful). By being real about everything from precept participation and eating club stereotypes to grading on curves and who is really the best Ivy, we Preppy AF Teens find solace in the public acknowledgment of our many woes. Aside from keeping tabs on the University experience through our beloved Facebook group — where you’ll soon discover our love for Ted Cruz-related slant rhyme — I’m here to share some other “memes” of wisdom for incoming students, relying largely on its alternate definition (yes, I looked it up) for my continued usage of the word.
I left Princeton post-reunions on an early morning Dinky in the first week of June, bringing with me a small green suitcase and a day-old hangover. I caught the train into New York, having absolutely no idea what I was doing and halfway wishing I were on a flight home to Florida instead. Scheduled to start my summer internship in SoHo the following week, I was just as doubtful as I was nervous; hopping into a subway car headed out of Penn Station and in an unfamiliar direction, towards an unfamiliar street. Fearfully gripping the friendly grime of subway handrails, I asked a family of three if the train would be stopping at Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights. The doors closed decisively behind me as they hummed in hesitation.
On the Tuesday afternoon of Nov. 15, Princeton students, faculty, and community members gathered at the Lewis Center for the Arts for the Visual Arts program’s annual Open Studio event. Initially launching 10 years ago, the event features the work of juniors and seniors in the Visual Arts program, including both studio art majors and certificate students.