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Past Exhibitions: 2008

Ended on March 9, 2008

This exhibition celebrates the lithographs of Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808–1879), the great French satirist of politics and society.

Ended on March 16, 2008

Hanging scrolls, fan paintings, albums, and poem cards that demonstrate the flowering of the art of writing during Japan’s Momoyama and Edo periods, when the civilization was ruled by powerful shoguns, the arts flourished, and the interest in calligraphy was revitalized.

Ended on March 23, 2008

While Jane Hammond made her reputation as a painter, this exhibition showcases her exceptional talents as a paper artist.

Ended on March 23, 2008

In this exhibition of new work, Liu focuses on water as a symbol of life in Eastern and Western philosophies through video, sound, sculpture, and paintings of waterfalls and streams, including several based on the Ithaca area.

Ended on June 15, 2008

In this year’s History of Art Majors’ Society exhibition, the human body is aesthetically analyzed, as well as formally dissected, in order to reorient the ways in which we perceive, approach, and represent our own organically complex, life-giving forms.

Ended on June 15, 2008

Every two years, faculty members of the Department of Art are invited to select an artwork to exhibit at the Johnson Museum.

Ended on June 15, 2008

This exhibition brings together works from the collection of the Johnson Museum and private collections that are inspired by this favorite narrative in the arts of India, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia.

Ended on June 15, 2008

In 2006, the Johnson Museum received a spectacular gift of pre-Columbian ceramics, stone carvings, tools, and gold adornments through the generosity of Thomas Carroll, PhD 1951.

Ended on July 27, 2008

Gifts to the collection from Cornellians from the classes of 1943, 1948, 1958, 1963, and 1968.

Ended on August 10, 2008

In the Johnson’s ongoing series of exhibitions that underscore the vitality of Ithaca’s art scene, this show highlights the creativity and innovation of area artists working with clay.

Ended on August 10, 2008

Tea bowls and other tea-related vessels that provide insight into a uniquely Japanese approach to connoisseurship and appreciation for imperfect beauty.

Ended on August 17, 2008

Frank Barry’s haunting photographs document the demise of an industrial icon, the steam engine, all over the globe.

Ended on August 17, 2008

A remarkable range of works from around the world, gathered by private collectors in the Ithaca area.

Ended on September 14, 2008

Painter, printmaker, and draftsman Steven Barbash has been collecting art for more than fifty-five years. We are privileged to share Steven’s insight into a lifelong process of collecting, and to be able bring many of his old friends to our public.

Ended on October 19, 2008

Marc Swanson works across traditional artistic disciplines, resulting in an exhibition of sculptures, installations, assemblages, box constructions, collages, and drawings that are rooted in the history of art and popular culture.

Ended on October 26, 2008

This exhibition highlights large-format Polaroids from all of the high-school proms Mark photographed, including her final stop at the 2008 Ithaca High School prom.

Ended on October 25, 2008

This exhibition is comprised of two photographic series by An-My Lê in which she explores the conflicts that bracket the last half-century of American history: the war in Vietnam and the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ended on January 4, 2009

This exhibit displays nearly sixty images of the planet Saturn, its rings, and its satellites, selected by Cornell members of the Cassini project from almost 200,000 images transmitted since the Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in 2004.

Ended on January 4, 2009

From the documentary photographs of Lewis Hine to the landscapes of Paul Caponigro, contrasted with the industrial wastelands of Ed Burtynsky, this exhibition highlights recent gifts from the noted collection of Martin Margulies.

Ended on January 4, 2009

This exhibition, drawn from a single private collection, examines surimono in relation to concepts of time, place, and entity, analyzing how surimono take on these terms of reality and manipulate them according to their makers’ interests.

Ended on January 4, 2009

Many Asian cultures, from the Islamic world to China and Japan, regard calligraphy as the highest form of art. This exhibition, drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, features diverse calligraphic traditions in religious and secular contexts, ranging from ancient times to the present.

Ended on January 4, 2009

Recent acquisitions in contemporary prints and drawings, including works by Laylah Ali and Amy Sillman.