APRIL 11, 2015 Princeton Art Museum Princeton NJ
Tour and  Gallery Talk: Refurbished Art of the Ancient Americas Galleries
     Bryan R. Just, PhD; Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer in the
                                    Art of the Ancient Americas

MORNING WORKSHOP:  Bryan R. Just discussed the planning and installation of
            the newly refurbished Art of the Ancient Americas Galleries.
AFTERNOON VISIT TO THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM ART OF THE ANCIENT AMERICAS GALLERIES.
Tour and  Gallery Talk:  Newly Refurbished Galleries displaying the Art of the Ancient Americas
   Bryan R. Just, PhD; Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas.                 Over the past year, a team of Museum staff, with the input of docents, faculty, curators from other museums, and a suite of architectural, design, and lighting consultants, has sought to refashion the gallery experience, guided by several fundamental goals. These included making the space more inviting and comfortable for visitors; highlighting the most important and visually striking works, so that no visitor would be likely to overlook them during a casual visit; establishing a greater representational balance across the western hemisphere’s rich cultures and artistic traditions; and providing a complementary prose narrative that would catalyze deeper understanding and engagement between visitors and the art.
                   Bryan R. Just is the Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer of the Art of the Ancient Americas. Just received a B.A. in Archaeological Studies and the History of Art from Yale University  and his M.A. and  Ph.D. in Art History and Linguistics from Tulane University.  A specialist in ancient Maya art history, his recent publications include Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vases of the Ik’ Kingdom, 2012; Printed Pictures of Maya Sculpture,  in Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration in the Americas, 2012; Mysteries of the Maize God,  Record of the Princeton University Art Museum, 2009; Modifications of Ancient Maya Sculpture,  in Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, 2005; and In Extenso Almanacs in the Madrid Codex, in The Madrid Codex: New Approaches to Understanding an Ancient Maya Manuscript, 2004. He also contributed to the Princeton University Art Museum’s Handbook of the Collections, 2007, and its revision, 2012. In addition to overseeing and curating the current refurbishment,  Dr. Just served as in-house curator for the exhibition Gifts from the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait, co-curated by William Fitzhugh and Julie Hollowell, presented at Princeton from October 2009 to January 2010, and  developed and curated the 2012 – 2013 exhibition  Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vases of the Ik’ Kingdom, as well as The Art of Maya Painting, A lecture series in conjunction with the exhibition.

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