As part of the Campus Iconography Committee, the Public Spaces Working Group (PSWG) seeks to identify and enliven “public” campus interior and exterior spaces (i.e., spaces without primary occupants such as individual academic or administrative units) in ways that reflect and connect with the campus community’s diversity. The PSWG works with campus partners to determine the objectives for adornments and objects in those spaces, including the potential for temporary installations and exhibits. Objectives may include promoting dialogue, reflection and a sense of community. The PSWG engages with the Campus Art Steering Committee and the Office of the University Architect, as appropriate.
In addition, the PSWG encourages residential colleges and academic and administrative units to diversify iconography in their spaces. A primary goal of the PSWG is to identify opportunities for students to lead the implementation of select projects. To support these projects, the PSWG is available to serve as a consultant, adviser and/or resource to groups as they determine the objectives for their spaces.
Open to the public
Chancellor Green, Upper and Lower Hyphens
The PSWG has installed a photography exhibit of the work of current students and recent graduates that focuses on the University’s diverse student population, their experiences at home and their lives at Princeton. The exhibit opened in the Upper and Lower Hyphens of Chancellor Green on May 8, 2018 with a panel discussion by the artists and light refreshments.
All of our students lead hyphenated lives. Many of them are culturally hyphenated, with identities rooted in more than one history. Undergraduate college life itself is a hyphened existence between a family at home and community at Princeton. The pictures hover between documentary views of student lives and complete photographic inventions. ... If you sense an incompleteness in some of the photographs, an unrefined edge, a stutter, it reflects an emergence. That is the hyphen. "Hyphens" and in-betweens are amazing generative forces of strength, beauty and knowledge.
— Jeff Whetstone, Professor of Visual Arts, Chair of the Public Spaces Working Group
Open to the public
Frist Campus Center, East TV Lounge
James “Jimmy” Collins Johnson escaped from slavery in Maryland in 1839 and came to Princeton. He worked as a janitor on campus for four years until a student and former neighbor recognized him and turned him in. Although he was brought to trial under the Fugitive Slave Act and ordered to be returned to his former owner, a local woman purchased his freedom for about $500, which Johnson subsequently repaid. Over the next 60 years, he worked on campus in various capacities; most notably, in the memory of students, as the only vendor to sell apples, candy, peanuts, lemonade and other snacks on campus.
The exhibit’s location in Princeton’s well-trafficked student center brings his story to all members of the University community and its visitors.
Engineering Quad C Wing
The recently enhanced EQuad Café is a vibrant, playful, welcoming space that tells the story of life at the Engineering School.