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Opening Reception & 40th Anniversary Celebration

Party like it’s 1973 as we celebrate all our new exhibitions and the 40th anniversary of the Johnson at this unprecedented event!

Opening Reception for Fall Exhibitions

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Throughout the Museum

Performance: Michael Ashkin, Tim Feeney, and Annie Lewandowski

7:00–8:00 p.m.
Lynch Conference Room, Floor 6  
*Please arrive early, as we will be restricting elevator access to avoid interrupting the performance.
Depot/Centralia/Tiber features works filmed by Professor Michael Ashkin (CU Department of Art) at a decommissioned military depot in upstate New York, in a Central Pennsylvania mining town, and in Rome along the Tiber River. The improvised soundtrack is performed by Annie Lewandowski (lecturer, CU Department of Music) on piano/electronics and Tim Feeney (former lecturer, CU Department of Music) on percussion. This performance was made possible in part by the generous support of the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Performance: Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co.

8:30–9:30 p.m.
Lecture room, Floor 2L in the wing
Mother Mallard returns to the Museum, where they have held performances since we opened 1973! Founded and directed by David Borden in 1969, Mother Mallard is the world’s first synthesizer ensemble. Their program will feature selections from Borden’s Earth Journeys, all variations on “Happy Birthday” and receiving their first performance tonight. Mother Mallard dedicates this performance to the memory of Tom Leavitt (1930–2010), founding director of the Johnson Museum.

Performance: Cornell Avant Garde Ensemble (CAGE)

9:30 p.m.
Mallin Sculpture Court, Floor 2 (rain location: Appel Lobby) 
CAGE performs music inspired by Leo Villareal: Cosmos under the installation and the stars.

'70s Dance Party Hosted by the Museum Club

10:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight 
Get up and get down with the best ’70s grooves, plus art, activities, and far-out fun. Can you dig it? Wear your sharpest ’70s threads and party hearty!