The Princeton Atelier presents “Store as Art,” the project of a spring Lewis Center course in which students are exploring the role of art and the artist in relationship to commerce by opening and operating a retail establishment in downtown Princeton. In a return to pre-modern tradition — but also a nod to the future — the project seeks to directly reconnect the artisan with their customers, somewhat in the vein of Andy Warhol’s factory and many current artists on Etsy and Instagram. The weekly Day Markets feature student-made products for sale and the weekly late Friday Night Markets feature an “experience economy.” In generative drawing expos, student Luke Shannon ‘24 is exploring the intersection of computer science and visual arts and has been using autonomous interactive processes to create works that he then ‘gifts’ to the public through a barter system. Events during the expo have included photo booths, live art making, games, embroidery, painting, and short demos on the robotics and systems. The economics of the store will vary and may include cash, bartering, exchanges and other types of transactions.
The store is free and open to the public, located at 33 Witherspoon St. in Princeton, NJ.
Hours of Operation
The store will be in operation through May 14.
- Saturdays @ 12 noon – 6 p.m. — Day Market
- April 8 + 15 @ 10:30 p.m. — Night Market
- April 22 @ 1-5 p.m. — Tobi & Julie’s Dïrty Boutique
- April 28 — Talk by visiting artist Alex Harsley
- April 28 @ 5-7 p.m. — Poetry Broadsides Reading and Launch
- April 30 — Generative Drawing Expo
- May 14 — Everything-Must-Go Sale
COVID-19 Guidance + Updates
Per Princeton University policy, all guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the maximum extent, which now includes a COVID booster shot for all those eligible to receive it.