Princeton University Art Museum

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LEVER worked with Princeton University Art Museum leadership to identify several areas within the Museum for discreet studies and interventions. The intent of these interventions was to address specific issues in a targeted manner, and to make the Museum building more functional for staff, student visitors, and the public.

The most visible result of this work includes renovation of the Museum store, creation of a new Works on Paper Study Room that serves as a gallery when not used for classes, way-finding work in the major galleries and lower levels, and modeling of the Kienbusch galleries to accommodate a re-installation of the collection. More recently, the firm completed a gut renovation of the Art of the Ancient Americas Gallery in the lower level of the Museum.

Strategic upgrades throughout the historic building support the Museum’s functional needs and help students and the public engage more deeply with the collections.

Gallery Concept Sketch

Galleries for the Art of the Ancient Americas

Galleries devoted to the Museum’s renown collection of the art of the ancient Americas were completely refurbished with new and expanded casework and a lighting design that better complements the works.

The design team worked closely with the Museum on the re-installation of the collection. The new configuration highlights the most significant works and establishes a greater representational balance across cultures and traditions.

Works on Paper Study Room

The renovated Works on Paper Study Room provides a museum-quality space for teaching and learning in the presence of authentic works of art. The design introduces new casework to display and protect sensitive works, upgrades to lighting and technology, and furnishings that support seminar-style learning.

Donation Box

The design team created a custom water-jet cut bronze donation box for the Museum’s entry vestibule.