Courtesy Princeton University Art Museum

Sweeping across four millenia and five continents, The Life and Death of Buildings at the Princeton University Art Museum looks at the rise and fall of buildings great and quotidian, and the photographs that outlasted them. Moss blankets Ford’s Model T headquarters (shown), Russian soldiers play Tchaikovsky in a rubbly Berlin living room, and, in a pixelated JPEG, the North Tower collapses. From the wreckage emerges a theme, exemplified by Charles Clifford’s 1853 study of Burgos Cathedral. Because of the long exposure then required, the hands of the church’s clock, now removed, are blurred with motion. Through Nov. 6. •