Field Trip to Library and Museum Exhibitions at Princeton University
The Friends of the Rutgers University LibrariesGuided Tours of Exhibitions at the
Firestone Library and Art Museum
Sunday March 23, 2003
Rutgers community members and the general public are invited to join the friends of the Rutgers University Libraries for a day of exhibitions and pleasant company at Princeton University.
The group will leave from the Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue, at 10:30 a.m. and travel by chartered bus to Princeton.
The visit will begin with an elegant lunch at Princeton University’s Prospect House, the private dining club serving staff and faculty at Princeton. Dating back to the Revolutionary War era, Prospect House served as the university presidents’ residence from 1879 to 1968. Prospect House features lovely surrounding grounds and gardens that add a ‘feast for the eyes’ to all meals enjoyed in this beautiful mansion.
Our group will be joined at a sumptuous spring brunch by Princeton University’s Associate University Librarian for Public Services & Collection Development Jane Bryan, who will discuss the history of the surroundings and Princeton's exceptional collections.
After lunch, the group will walk to the Firestone Library, where they will receive a guided tour of the Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious exhibition led by curator Scott Husby, Princeton University’s Rare Books Conservator. The exhibition encompasses over 160 items, ranging from the 12th through the 20th centuries, and thoughtfully showcases the care and beauty that a skilled binder or printer can impart into a treasured volume. Numerous examples on display, from different centers of printing in Europe, illustrate the range and diversity of book-bindings and the lengths to which artisans would go to add dignity to the printed word.
After touring the Hand Bookbindings exhibition, the group will have free time to take a self-guided tour of the Library’s other standing exhibition, Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders & Book Designers, visit other university sites, or stroll around Nassau Street.
The group will meet up again at the Princeton Art Museum for a docent led Highlights tour. The Museum offers an impressive range of art from ancient to modern times. On the Highlights tour, participants will see Greek vases and Roman mosaics, Chinese tomb figurines and wall hangings, and remarkable pre-Columbian sculpture and ceramics. The tour will also sample selections of American and Western European painting and sculpture as well as the growing collection of twentieth-century art.
After additional free time at Princeton after the tour, the group will return to New Brunswick by 6:00 pm.
(Please print this page out, fill out the form, and mail with your check)
Cost includes transportation, full buffet lunch and service fees, and tour costs at the Art Museum.
Please mail registration forms and checks payable to “Rutgers University Foundation” to:
Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries
Posted March 5, 2003