April 8, 2019

Hagan Studio opens at 185 Nassau Street with inaugural show Cloak Cloak/Dazzle Camouflage by seniors Pearl Thompson and Maya von Ziegesar

The Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts opened its newest exhibition space, the Hagan Studio, with the inaugural exhibition Cloak Cloak/Dazzle Camouflage by Pearl Thompson and Maya von Ziegesar at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton campus.

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Artwork by Pearl Thompson and Maya von Ziegesar in “Cloak Cloak / Dazzle Camouflage” on view in Hagan Studio at 185 Nassau Street.

Newly renovated, the former Hagan Dance Studio now functions as a gallery space where students and classes can exhibit work.

“The Visual Arts Program is delighted to announce the first thesis show in the newly renovated Hagan Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Pearl Thompson and Maya von Ziegesar present a stunning presentation of both collaborative works and individual pieces” notes Pam Lins, Associate Director of the Visual Arts program.

With the move of the Lewis Center’s Programs in Dance and Theater and the Princeton Atelier to the new Lewis Arts complex in fall of 2017, the Program in Visual Arts has been expanding at 185 Nassau Street in spaces previous occupied by these other programs. Transforming the former dance studio into a public exhibition space has been primary among these recent renovations. The new Hagan Studio joins the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street and the Hurley Gallery at the Lewis Arts complex as main exhibition spaces for the Program.

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Artwork by Maya von Ziegesar ’19

In Cloak Cloak/Dazzle Camouflage, the first of four group shows this spring, seniors Maya von Ziegesar and Pearl Thompson explore their subjective experiences of skin, absent form, and cloaking while calling into question assumptions about proprietary authorship. Von Ziegesar explains that her work explores feminist subjectivity through allusions to classical sculpture which includes a frieze depicting ideas of the intimate and fragmented, a Neolithic Venus presented as a contrapposto statue and bust, and marble-white bodies that are paper-thin, hollow, and temporary. Thompson notes that her body of work treats images as living illusions, questioning the role of change and emotionality within an institutional gallery space. In Hagan Gallery, the two bodies of work mix fluidly, with Thompson’s projections covering von Ziegesar’s forms, forming shared spaces and pieces of ambiguous authorship. The exhibition runs through April 5.

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Artwork by Pearl Thompson ’19

Cloak Cloak/Dazzle Camouflage is one of several exhibitions this spring by seniors in the Program in Visual Arts who are either majoring in visual arts or pursuing a certificate in visual arts in addition to their major. Both require the seniors to mount a body of work in an exhibition.

The next exhibition in the Hagan Studio will be a two-person show by seniors Alice Wang and Susan Liu on view April 15-26, followed by an exhibition of work by Hudson Cooke and Elaine Romano on view April 29 – May 3.

The Lucas Gallery and Hagan Studio are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with access from the Williams Street parking lot entrance. The Hurley Gallery and spaces at the Lewis Arts complex are open daily 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Artwork by Pearl Thompson and Maya von Ziegesar in “Cloak Cloak / Dazzle Camouflage” on view in Hagan Studio at 185 Nassau Street.

The Program in Visual Arts offers studio courses that emphasize direct, hands-on art making under the guidance of practicing visual arts professionals. In order to develop their work, students are also given access to state-of-the-art technical, analog, and digital labs, including a fully functional letterpress studio. Other new specialized studio spaces are under construction this year.

On May 11 through June 5 a group exhibition of work by all the seniors in the program, the Senior Show, will be presented in the Hurley Gallery. Also in early May, the work of students in the program focusing on filmmaking will be presented in a series of screenings.

To view the full series of 2019 senior thesis exhibitions and screenings, visit

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