Dr. Andrew Weislogel, a scholar of Italian Renaissance Art who received his PhD from Cornell in 2000, holds this newly defined position. The Museum’s commitment to European Art before 1800 reflects a desire to support a strong area of faculty expertise and student interest across the University with a focus on developing art collections in this field.
Promoting Educational Excellence
The permanent collection of European art pre‐1800 has a small but significant group of artworks—primarily prints and drawings—that support teaching the canon of art history and engaging a variety of research interests across the University. The collections range from the art of ancient Greece and Rome to the end of the eighteenth century, including Greek vase painting, ancient coins, and Roman portrait sculpture. Medieval and Renaissance Europe are represented by church sculpture and architectural decoration, books of hours, altarpiece panels, and portraiture. The majority of the Museum’s holdings before 1800 consist of more than 2,500 old master drawings and prints; these works are used on a regular basis to support teaching and research. The curator oversees the continued growth and intellectual direction of the collection. In 2013–14, the Johnson is undertaking a major renovation of the European galleries to exhibit a broader cross section of the collection, launch new interpretive strategies and technology projects, and encourage dynamic faculty and student partnerships that support the University’s diverse intellectual life. In conjunction with the recent opening of a new Visible Storage Gallery, the Johnson will eventually display over 200 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and works on paper that present the artistic production of Europe from the ancient Mediterranean through the dawn of Modernism.
Supporting the Humanities and the Fine Arts
The Curator of European Art before 1800 provides essential research guidance, expertise, and access to the collection for faculty and students across campus. In addition to crucial single-visit classes, the curator co-teaches semester-long courses, regularly lectures to classes who use the collection as part of their curriculum, and develops a vibrant temporary exhibition program for a University and public audience. Through scholarly research, the curator is responsible for cataloguing, preserving, and interpreting collection objects and spearheading collections-based installations. The curator works closely with donors, experts, and faculty peers to continue to build the collection, with an emphasis on quality. In addition, the curator hires and mentors undergraduate and post‐baccalaureate curatorial interns, guiding their pre-professional experience from a variety of disciplinary interests. The curator develops relationships with a broad academic community through membership in national and international art organizations and actively seeks out collaborative partnerships with other museum curators and scholars to advance the Museum’s standing and reputation in the field of European Art of this period.
Enabling Service Learning and Public Engagement
As part of a leading University with a global reach, the Johnson Museum strives to increase all audiences’ engagement with the unlimited possibilities of art and ideas across media, cultures, and time periods. Museum programs underscore internationalization and help develop Cornell student awareness of career opportunities in law, business, government, and journalism, as well as in the field of visual arts. The curator works to incorporate a broad global perspective by organizing in‐house and traveling exhibitions accompanied by public lectures, special tours, and symposia. For an off-campus audience, the curator works with community organizations with a special interest in European art and hosts programs for the larger community and partners closely with the Museum’s education office to develop K‐12 curriculum‐based tours and classes. The curator travels to galleries, dealers, and international art fairs, often leading tours for Cornell alumni and Johnson Museum supporters. An important part of the public engagement aspect is the Museum’s commitment to remaining free and accessible to all.