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Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University – January 25â€“June 8, 2014
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University presentsÂ beyond earth art: contemporary artists and the environment, on view now through June 8, comprising separate installations and exhibitions throughout the museum. The project was curated by Andrea Inselmann, curator of modern and contemporary art & photography at the Johnson Museum.
Artist talks and symposium:Â April 10â€“11
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Ithaca, NY 14853
Hours:Â Tuesdaysâ€“Sundays 10amâ€“5pm
OnÂ Thursday, April 10Â at 5:15pm in Milstein Hall Auditorium,Â Maya LinÂ will discuss her work, including her recent sculptures and the installationÂ Empty Room, on view inÂ beyond earth art.Â Lucy OrtaÂ will give a gallery talk during the subsequentreception at the Johnson, from 6:30 to 7:30pm.
OnÂ Friday, April 11, the Johnson will host a daylongÂ beyond earth artÂ symposium funded by Cornellâ€™s Atkinson Forum in American Studies Program, with presentations byÂ Suzaan Boettger, art historian/critic;Â William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art;Â Amy Lipton, co-director of ecoartspace; and artistsÂ Christian HougeÂ andÂ Lucy Orta. Registration is free but seating is limited;Â email (eas8 [at] cornell [dot] edu)Â or callÂ +1 607 254 4642Â to reserve a space by April 4.
In 1969 the legendaryÂ Earth ArtÂ exhibition took place at Cornell. Curated by Willoughby Sharp (1936â€“2008), site-specific installations by a number of international artists were scattered around campus and the surrounding Ithaca area. The commissioned pieces sought to eschew the commodity status of the art object and to question the role of institutions. The dissolution of boundaries in artâ€”between object and context, different mediums, and the work of art and its documentationâ€”was a hallmark of the time, reflecting 1960s counterculture more broadly. It is at this intersectionâ€”where art meets life and art becomes activismâ€”that the influence of the 1960s earth artists has had the most significant impact on a current generation of artists working on issues related to ecology.
â€œThe installations and exhibitions included inÂ beyond earth artÂ operate in the gap between the objectivity of scientific data and the subjectivity of creative expression, signaling the interconnectedness of themes that address issues related to the representation of landscape, water supply, food justice, recycling, fair distribution of natural resources, and the nature/culture divide,â€ said curator Andrea Inselmann.
The exhibitionÂ Food-Water-Life/Lucy+Jorge Orta, curated by c2 | curatorsquared and organized by the Tufts University Art Gallery, is on view as part of theÂ beyond earth artÂ project. The first comprehensive exhibition of work by Lucy + Jorge Orta in the United States, their sculptures, drawings, installations, and video explore major concerns that define this centuryâ€”biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change, and exchange among peoples.
Materials related to the 1969Â Earth ArtÂ exhibition are on view alongside works from the Johnsonâ€™s collection by some of theÂ Earth ArtÂ artists and others working in a similar mode in the 1970s and â€™80s. The Johnson has made the complete 1969 exhibition catalogue, long out of print, available online atÂ museum.cornell.edu/earth-art-1969.
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
The Johnson Museum has a permanent collection of more than 35,000 works of art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The museum building was designed by I. M. Pei and opened in 1973, funded by Cornell alumnus Herbert F. Johnson, late president and chairman of S C Johnson.
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