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Beyond Earth Art • Contemporary Artists and the Environment
January 25–June 8, 2014
Beyond Earth Art explores interconnected issues related to the environment and sustainability through the work of more than thirty-five artists on view in all of the Johnson’s temporary exhibition galleries. Archival materials related to Cornell’s influential 1969 Earth Art exhibition will be on view alongside works from the Johnson’s permanent collection by Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, and other earth artists. Contemporary works by Mark Dion and Brandon Ballengée participate in a scientific dialogue, while other artists including Maya Lin and Jean-Luc Mylayne create more emotional, experiential responses. The exhibition touches on the nature/culture divide, the representation of landscape, food justice, water supply, recycling, and the fair distribution of natural resources. This exhibition is curated by Andrea Inselmann, curator of modern and contemporary art & photography at the Johnson Museum.
Food-Water-Life/Lucy+Jorge Orta is presented as part of the beyond earth art project. Organized by the Tufts University Art Gallery, it is the first comprehensive exhibition of work by Lucy + Jorge Orta in the United States. The sculptures, drawings, installations, and video by French wife-husband duo explore major concerns that define the twenty-first century—biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change, and exchange among peoples. The Orta’s works are relics of their own function—captivating assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food and mechanisms that actually purify water. Other elements were created for a 2007 expedition to Antarctica that are part of an effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These humorous, jerry-built contraptions are not the most efficient means to purify, prepare, and transport food and water, or to launch a worldwide humanitarian effort, but they gain power as works of art created to move us. The artists have created a unique visual language through which they tackle the major global issues affecting our lives.
Related Programs–Save the Dates!
Opening Reception, Beyond Earth Art
Thursday, February 6, 5-7 pm, Johnson Museum of Art
Lecture by Maya Lin
Thursday, April 10, 5:15 pm, Milstein Hall auditorium
Maya Lin will discuss her project What is Missing?, featured in the exhibition, and other works.
Beyond Earth Art Symposium
Friday, April 11, 9:30-4 pm
Johnson Museum lecture hall, new wing
Funded by Cornell’s Atkinson Forum in American Studies Program
Artists and experts will explore topics found in the exhibition. Speakers are scheduled to include William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno; Amy Lipton, codirector of ecoartspace, a nonprofit platform providing opportunities for artists who address environmental issues; artist Lucy Orta, and photographer Christian Hogue, among others. Registration is free but seating is limited; please contact Elizabeth Saggese at email@example.com or 607 254-4642 to reserve a space by Friday, April 4.
Enticing the Eye / Exploring the Frame
April 19–July 6, 2014
Active since 1991, the History of Art Majors’ Society annual exhibition has provided a way for Cornell undergraduates to gain direct curatorial experience. The theme chosen by the students for 2014 is the concept of “framing.” Using art across time and media, the exhibition will examine how artists formally and conceptually present their subjects and the ways these choices affect the viewer. Artist Emma Amos will speak in conjunction with the show on Thursday, April 24 at 5:15 pm.
Additional information is available here: http://museum.cornell.edu/university-faculty-and-staff.html