Every two years faculty in the Department of Art are invited to exhibit work at the Johnson Museum. Cornell Art Faculty 2012 provides an apt opportunity for the University community and the broader public to reflect on the relationship between education and practice. The works on view here show how faculty are deeply engaged in studio-based teaching and how they strive to develop students into confident and independent artists in their own right.
The exhibition also shows the faculty as accomplished artists themselves. Their praxis offers an important example to both students and the public—to see how materials are manipulated, ideas are manifested, and finished works are wrought through rigorous practice and expertise.
Contemporary art encompasses many mediums, modalities, and approaches, and this exhibition offers a selection of its diversity and its intelligence. The exhibition locates the faculty’s recent engagement with allowing the viewer insights into how artists are grappling with key questions facing individuals and societies today.
Chair, Department of Art
Images from Cornell Art Faculty 2012 (Click an image to open slideshow)
Jean Locey, Self-portrait in a Family of Five / The Second Child (detail), 1973, gelatin silver prints from a series of thirty.›
Left: Graham McDougal, Untitled (F# 10p22/47), silkscreen and photography on paper; right: Greg Page, Motif from My Backyard: Large Leaf and Holly, 2011, lithograph.›
Right: Elisabeth Meyer, Untitled, 2011, ink on paper; left: Robert Bertoia, Constructed Conversation, 2012, wood.›
Carl Ostendarp, ETC., 2012, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NY.›
Stephanie Owens, Words Between Worlds, 2009–12, video-sampled text from reCAPTCHA database, custom archive.›
Maria Park, Untitled (Painting with White, Green, Blue and Yellow), 2011, acrylic on acrylite, Plexiglas cubes, and wooden shelf.›