IAS Exhibits

Exhibits at the Institute for Advanced Study are intended to illustrate aspects of historical or contemporary interest related to IAS and its community of scholars. Displays may include photography and other media, printed matter, and archival documents and materials. The works originate primarily from the Institute’s Archives or related Institute collections, and may also include works loaned specifically for display. Some exhibits may occur in areas on campus that are not open to the general public.


A Community of Scholars

Location: Dilworth Hallway

Dates: Opened on April 4, 2012

This exhibit features twenty-five black-and-white photographs of Institute life by Serge J-F. Levy, taken during 2009–10. The photos were included in the book, A Community of Scholars: Impressions of the Institute for Advanced Study, which was published by Princeton University Press in November 2011. The exhibit also features excerpts of essays by Institute scholars that appeared in the book. You may read more about the book here.


Electronic Computer Project

Location: Fuld Hall Corridor

Dates: Opened on March 14, 2012

The Electronic Computer Project (ECP) that was based at the Institute from 1945 to 1957 produced one of the world's first large computers, and it established the stored-program design found in modern computers. This exhibit features photographs, documents, and other information related to the project from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center at the Institute. The exhibit also marks the publication of Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson in March 2012. Dyson did extensive research in collections held by the Institute's Archives during his stay as a Director's Visitor in 2002–03 and in the years since.


Seasons of Life and Land
Photographs from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Dilworth Hallway

Dates: November 9–December 19, 2011

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska is the most biodiverse conservation area in the circumpolar north, and it has sustained the Gwich’in and Inupiat indigenous communities for many millennia. It is also the most contested public land in the United States—debate on whether to open up it up for oil and gas development or preserve it has been raging in the halls of the U.S. Congress for five decades. Subhankar Banerjee, a Director’s Visitor at the Institute in fall 2011, spent fourteen months in the refuge, in all seasons, during 2001–02. This exhibition is drawn from a collection of forty photographs Banerjee donated to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, after Seasons of Life and Land was shown there in 2003–04.


The Institute Lands:
Cultivating a True Academic Village

Location: The Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center

Dates: October 25, 2011–April 29, 2012

This display illustrates and expands on themes discussed in the Summer 2011 Institute Letter article “The Institute Lands: Cultivating a True Academic Village,” which drew on extensive research in the Institute’s Archives.


Friends in Field and Forest: Celebrating Partners in Preservation

Location: Johnson Education Center, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Dates: October 24–December 2, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 6, 4–6 p.m.

The installation features art and photography of partnership lands protected by D&R Greenway in Princeton: Institute lands; Greenway Meadows; and Coventry Farm and Farm View Fields. High-quality reproduction prints of twenty-five or more color photographs of the Institute Woods by Vladimir Voevodsky, Professor in the School of Mathematics, are on display, in addition to other works featuring partnership lands. More information may be found here.


The Institute’s Founders

Location: Fuld Hall Corridor

Dates: October 24, 2011–March 13, 2012

This exhibit features framed reproductions of photographs of the Bambergers and Fulds, as well as documents pertaining to the founding of the Institute, such as the Founders’ letter.


Albert Einstein at Home, Princeton, 1946–50

Location: Dilworth Hallway

Dates: September 30–November 7, 2011

The installation features high-quality reproduction prints of thirteen black-and-white photographs of Einstein at his home in Princeton by noted photographer Herman Landshoff. More information may be found here.