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Conversation set with Tilghman

Alumni attending Reunions will have an opportunity to participate in "A Conversation with President-elect Shirley Tilghman" at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. She invites alumni to discuss the issues facing the University community and the broader world of scholarship, education and public service.

Triangle Club

The Triangle Club's musical revue "Puns of Steel" will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, in McCarter Theater.



Tapestry on display

A large and detailed Dutch tapestry from the late 16th century is on view at the University's Art Museum through June 10. The exhibition, "A Tapestry by Karel van Mander," coincides with "Vermeer and the Delft School," a major showing of Dutch masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

In 1954 Hugh Trumbull Adams, Princeton class of 1935, gave the Art Museum the tapestry of a court scene within the elaborate gardens of a 16th-century palace. The tapestry had lost its borders and thus had no identifying weaver's or city mark. The work did have a shield with the monogram KvM, interpreted as Karel van Mander the Elder, a major figure in the 17th-century Dutch art world.

In 1995-96, two scholars identified the subject of the tapestry as scenes from the chivalric romance "Amadis of Gaul." Once the literary source was known, they were able to recognize other tapestries from the series that had borders, indicating the weaver was François Spiering of Delft in the Netherlands. As a result, part of van Mander's activity as a designer of tapestries could be reconstructed.

Two other tapestries from the same series as well as the preliminary drawing for the Princeton tapestry are part of the "Vermeer and the Delft School" exhibit.

Art Museum

This work by Vittore Carpaccio is part of "Italian Renaissance Drawings,"an exhibition from the Art Museum's collection on view through June 17. The show, which accompanies a course taught by visiting associate professor Elizabeth Pilliod of Oregon State University, also includes works by Michelangelo, Frederico Barocci, Jacopo Bertoia, Girolamo Macchietti, Battista Naldini and Il Tintoretto.

Summer theater returns to campus

After two summers in the dark, the lights will go up on Princeton Summer Theater this year.

The summer theater was cancelled in 1999 and 2000, allowing its home in Hamilton Murray Theater to undergo a million-dollar renovation.

The 2001 season will feature four mainstage shows, supplemented by guest performances and a show geared toward children. The shows and dates are:

• "Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon, June 21-24 and July 5-8.

• "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, June 28-July 1, July 12-15 and July 19-22.

• "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare, July 26-29 and Aug. 9-12.

• "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" by Paul Zindel, Aug. 2-5 and Aug. 16-19.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays. Ticket prices are $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students and children. Additional discounts are available to subscribers and to large groups.

A separate show for children will be presented by Princeton Summer Theater at 2 p.m. on five Saturday afternoons: July 7, July 14, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11. The theater also will play host to Eidolon Arts, a local theater troupe, at 8 p.m. July 10-11 and July 17-18.

In addition, Princeton Summer Theater will offer drama workshops for children and internships for high school students this summer.

Reservations, subscriptions and further information are available at 258-7062.

Exhibition showcases history of fine prints and books


A new exhibition in the Milberg Gallery of Firestone Library celebrates the founding in 1940 of a unique collection at Princeton -- one that showcases the history and arts of the book through the finest examples of printing, typography, binding, papermaking, calligraphy and illustration.

"For the Love of Books and Prints: Elmer Adler and the Graphic Arts Collection at Princeton University Library" is on display through Oct. 7. The exhibition provides fascinating glimpses of the history of the revival of fine printing in early 20th-century America and of campus life at Princeton in the 1940s.

In addition, many rarely-seen treasures brought by Adler to Princeton, or acquired while he was the collection's first curator from 1940 to 1952, are on view: prints by Toulouse-Lautrec and Mary Cassatt; photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron; and the fabulously-illustrated "Works" of Geoffrey Chaucer printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press.


Co-curated by Rebecca Davidson and Dale Roylance, the exhibition also looks at Adler's early career in the 1920s in New York City, where he founded the Pynson Printers, whose manifesto asserted that "we will do no work in which quality must be sacrificed to exigencies of time and cost." The cost turned out to be much of his personal fortune (made in his family's clothing business in Rochester, N.Y., where he was born in 1884), but Adler and his cohorts continued to print finely-designed books through the Depression of the 1930s and also published "The Colophon: A Book Collectors' Quarterly."

All the while, he was making friends with such literary and publishing notables as Alfred Knopf, Willa Cather, H.L. Mencken and Bennett Cerf, with whom Adler founded Random House in the 1920s.

At Princeton, Adler not only created the Graphic Arts Collection, but also conducted seminars for undergraduates in book and print collecting, initiated a print loan program to adorn students' dormitory walls and brought some of the most famous printmakers, typographers, book designers and photographers of the day to speak and to demonstrate their work for Princeton audiences.

At his death in 1962, he left funds for purchasing additional materials for graphic arts, as well as a sum for the Adler Book Collecting Prize, for which Princeton students still compete each year.

Hours for the exhibition are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, contact Rebecca Davidson, curator of graphic arts, at 258-3197 or mailto:davidson@princeton.edu.


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