Crossing Borders

January 22nd – April 30th

A Syrian refugee kisses his daughter as he walks through a rainstorm towards Greece's border with FYRO-Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, September 10, 2015. Thousands of refugees and migrants, including many families with young children, have been left soaked after spending the night sleeping in the open in torrential rain on the Greek- FYRO Macedonian border. FYRO-Macedonian army started filtering the flow of refugees causing masive delays in the flow of refugees. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis


Wilf Family Global Commons
The Hun School of Princeton
176 Edgerstoune Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Our world is witnessing the largest number of forcibly displaced people since WWII, with over 65 million human beings currently living as refugees or as displaced persons inside their own countries. (UNHCR 2017)

Crossing Borders examines the flight of some of these people through Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Yannis Behrakis’ coverage of the recent migrant crisis in Greece, and images taken by Hun School students and faculty during their first-hand exploration of border and migration issues along the boundaries of the U.S. and Mexico.

Image credit:

photographer Yannis Behrakis; image titled “Syrian Father”

Migration and Material Alchemy

January 27 – July 29, 2018


Princeton University Art Museum

Migration and Material Alchemy draws together an international group of contemporary artists, including El Anatsui, Vik Muniz, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Cecilia Vicuña, and Xu Bing among others, who use the language of poetry, translation and symbolic materials to address issues as diverse as: cultural continuity, the AIDS crisis, and the refuse, environmental degradation and the displacement of populations at the hands of systems of global trade.

Image credit:

Duane Michals, Illuminated Man, 1986. Platinum/palladium print image. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Ruth Bernhard

February 7, 2018 – June 24, 2018


Historical Society of Princeton
Updike Farmstead
354 Quaker Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Arriving in Princeton in 1947, African-American artist Rex Goreleigh (1902-1986) spent nearly 40 years in the area making and teaching art. Goreleigh was particularly noted for his Migrant Series, which brought to light the difficult conditions faced by African-American migrant laborers on the farms of central New Jersey in the 1950s through the 1970s.

Rex Goreleigh: Migrant Worker’s Witness pulls together a handful of works from throughout Rex Goreleigh’s career that document his ability to capture both the everyday hard work and moments of joy experienced by African-American farm workers and others throughout the late 20th century. These pieces will be on view at the Updike Farmstead through June 2018.

Image credit:

Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton
YMCA Photo Collection

Sidewalk Sightings: People Without Homes by Fanny Allié

February 12-April 12, 2018


Bernstein Gallery, Robertson Hall

In this exhibit of mixed media works by Fanny Allié, Allié tears apart and re-assembles pieces of found fabric, mixed media and newsprint images to create characters of the street. From her small fabric doll-like figures to her life-sized poignant silhouettes, all are informed by her daily observation of people living on the New York City sidewalks, people she crosses paths with every day.

“My work shows traces of a fleeting moment, an ephemeral existence and most of all, a narrative that links us to each other in our daily life,” writes the artist. Several pieces of the work on display were made in 2014 during and after her Engaging Artists Residency, a project organized by Artist Volunteer Center and More Art, New York City, which focused on homelessness.

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Image credit:

Picture credit: Fannie Allié. The Climber, (The Carriers Series), 2016
hand-sewn trash bags on fabric, 60 x 70”

Global History in a Global Classroom Exhibit: Student Service-Learning Collaboration with Local Migrant High Schoolers

February 14-28, 2018


Weickart Atrium in the Louis A. Simpson International Building, Princeton University

Princeton students taking HIS 201: A History of the World Since 1300 worked with local high school students in the context of their English as a Second Language (ESL) program to learn history together and reflect on their own place in the world. This exhibit is their collaborative final project, showcasing the educational process and the Princeton students’ experience in this exchange. This project is made possible with generous support by the Community Based Learning Initiative.

Cosponsored by the Global History Lab and the Office of Religious Life.

Campus Voices on Migration

February 15-May 2018


Princeton University Art Museum

Individuals from across campus reflect on the ways art reveals and illuminates the migrations of people, power, style, and meaning. Using a map provided at the Art Museum, you can create your own journey through the Museum, discovering these personal and scholarly interpretations of works on view.

Image credit:

Édouard Manet, Gypsy with a Cigarette, undated. Oil on canvas. Princeton University Art Museum. Bequest of Archibald S. Alexander, Class of 1928

Photography and Belonging

February 24–September 30, 2018


Princeton University Art Museum

Explore the ways in which human experiences of belonging and alienation have long been both subject and effect of photography.

Image credit:

Fazal Sheikh, Ajoh Achot and Achol Manyen, Sudanese refugee camp, Lokichoggio, Kenya, 1992. Archival pigment print. Princeton University Art Museum. Promised gift of Liana Theodoratou in honor of Eduardo Cadava

Local Women in their Crowns: A Portrait and Stories Community Project

Feb. 28 – May 30th, 2018


Princeton Public Library Technology Center
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ

In conjunction with McCarter Theatre’s production of Crowns, the Arts Council of Princeton and McCarter Theatre have partnered to create Local Women in their Crowns: A Portraits and Stories Community Project. Local and regional African American women are photographed in their church hats and invited to share their collected stories. The collaborative project culminates in a photography/story exhibition on view at the Princeton Public Library and the Arts Council of Princeton, celebrating African American culture, tradition, and storytelling.

Migrations in Art — Art Exhibition

April 4–30, 2018

Cathy Petrilla, The Wall, watercolor, 2018

Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC)
Suzanne Patterson Building at 45 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ

“Migrations in Art — Art Exhibition” illustrates many interpretations of the migration theme as seen through the eyes of PSRC art students. Works include pencil drawings, acrylic and watercolor paingtings, as well as multimedia art. Current studies show that art, art therapy, and music therapy can not only enhance life, but also have positive effects on health and wellness. Creating and viewing art can improve and increase brain activity in aging adults. The art exhibition will be on display through the month of April. Admission is free and open to the public. More information can be found at princetonsenior.org.

I am Innocent: The Migration Back to Freedom for the Innocent in Prison

April 5-May 30, 2018


Princeton Public Library Reading Room and Second Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ

For the thousands of wrongfully-convicted men and women in this country, their journey starts with a tremendous shock. They are arrested for a serious crime they had nothing to do with. They ultimately wind up in court and despite all evidence to the contrary, they believe it is only a matter of time before police, prosecutors and the judge will realize their mistake. But that never happens. They are locked away with little chance of ever seeing freedom again while living in the hell of maximum security prisons, surrounded by murderers, rapists, and disinterested prison guards. But they must find a way to adapt as this is where they will live for years and years before someone will hear their cries for justice. Meanwhile, life on the outside goes on without them. They miss countless graduations, birthdays, deaths, and other pivotal moments. Years later for the few who are able to migrate back home after navigating a hostile criminal justice system, they will find that freedom is very different, almost foreign. This is another difficult journey: they’re back home and in society, but nothing is the same. And again, they must find a way to adapt and live. The photos and stories in this exhibit will convey the physical and emotional upheaval associated with losing and re-gaining lost freedom and family. For all of the Centurion exonorees, they also find family in the brothers and sisters who have taken the same journey to freedom. Sixty-one innocent men and women have been freed by Centurion, the first innocence organization, founded in Princeton in 1980. As this exhibit illustrates: this could happen to anyone.

Image credit: 

Diane Bladecki of Centrion

Our Town-Princeton

April 14: 9:30am-4:30pm
April 16-April 20: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Center for Theological Inquiry, Luce Hall
50 Stockton Street, Princeton

The Center of Theological Inquiry is holding a specially commissioned photographic exhibition by CTI visiting artist Carolyn Scott, entitled “Our Town – Princeton,” celebrating Princeton residents from many countries and with many migration stories.

Kwel’ Hoy: Many Struggles One Front
April 24-August 31, 2018

The Watershed Institute (formerly the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association)
31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534

On travels from the Pacific Northwest, a 16-foot totem pole and art instillation housed at The Watershed Institute until late summer connects communities to water, land and our collective futures.

The exhibit, created by the Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum that offers exhibitions, expeditions, educational workshops, and public programming, will remain on display at the Watershed until Aug. 31.

The totem pole, created by the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation in northern Washington State and southern British Columbia, has visited communities threatened or impacted by pipelines over the past six years.

The totem pole weighs about 2,500 pounds and took three months to carve out of red cedar, according to one of the carvers, Doug James of the Lummi Nation.

With this exhibit hosted by The Watershed Institute, the totem pole connects the science community’s efforts to protect local watersheds from the proposed PennEast Pipeline to the Ramapough Lenape Nation’s struggle to stop the Pilgrim Pipeline, and the Lummi’s struggles to protect the waters of the Pacific Northwest from oil tankers and pipelines.

Hugh Wilson’s “Painted Portraits: 2006–2014”
Exhibition and Presentation by the Artist
May 9-29, 2018

Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC)
Suzanne Patterson Building at 45 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ

Hugh Wilson painting the morning scene in Gagawa, Niger, 2006.

High Wilson will discuss his works, “Painted Portraits: 2006–2014’, which is a survey of his time spent in marginalized communities making life portraits. Hugh has lived with Hispanic farm workers in Salinas, CA, in a remote village of Nigerian migrants, and with painted Haitian cane-cutters in the battles of the Dominican Republic. The show will also include images from Hugh’s own migration through America, the Dominican Republic, Algeria and the islands of Vanuatu.

Hugh is a painter living in Princeton, NJ. He spent his 20’s on Wall Street before earning his MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2004. He is currently working on a book of his travels.

Hugh’s paintings can be seen at www.hugh-wilson.com

The art exhibition will be on display through the month of May. Admission is free and open to the public. More information can be found at princetonsenior.org.