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Past Exhibitions: 2011

Ended on March 6, 2011

A member of the New York School, Sal Grippi exhibited in the 1950s alongside De Kooning and Hofmann. In 1968 he started the Ithaca College painting department, where he taught until 1991.

Ended on March 20, 2011

Despite many changes since their formation in 1936, the American Abstract Artists continue to encompass diverse approaches and influences. This exhibition features work by current members of the AAA alongside historical works from the Johnson's collection.

Ended on March 20, 2011

What did people eat in ancient Mexico and Peru? How did they dress? What games did they play?

Ended on March 27, 2011

Organized by the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, this exhibition explores the Tata Nano's design and potential impact while serving as a critical assessment of U.S. auto culture.

Ended on June 5, 2011

Francisco Goya lent his fertile and often wicked imagination to the many prints he produced during his lifetime. This exhibition features works from all of Goya's most famous series of etchings, Los Caprichos, The Disasters of War, and Los Proverbios.

Ended on June 19, 2011

How did photographic artists in the 20th century contort as well as perceive reality? These images are both imaginative and cerebral, connecting to the viewer on different levels.

Ended on July 31, 2011

The Impressionists inspired a generation of American artists interested in the play of shadow and light. This exhibition highlights paintings, drawings, and watercolors from the first part of the 20th century, from the Johnson's collection.

Ended on August 21, 2011

Type A’s barriers demand the critical attention of the audience, urging it to reassess the present systems of institutionalized fear and power at play.

Ended on June 12, 2011

What is an icon today? This exhibition explores how the status of an icon is suspended between an object of cultural consumption and a subject of social destabilization.

Ended on July 24, 2011

A sampling of contemporary prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, and video added to the Johnson's collection over the past eleven years.

Ended on July 31, 2011

The family of Mary Lou Harriott, a longtime supporter of the Ithaca art scene through her work at the Upstairs Gallery, established a fund at the Johnson Museum in her honor, and this exhibition will highlight some of those acquisitions.

Ended on October 2, 2011

Inspired by his native Havana, Cuban artist Garaicoa is known for his explorations of social and political issues in the context of the built environment with a particular interest in the failure of modernism as a catalyst of social change, human rights, and the decay of 20th-century utopias.

Ended on October 2, 2011

Paintings, prints, illustrated books, and trade objects from around the world speak of the Dutch republic’s maritime and mercantile prowess during the 17th century and raise questions about the Netherlands’ role in the first age of globalism.

Ended on October 9, 2011

Sacred paintings and sculptures, spanning 600 years of tradition, that serve protective and beneficent roles in Tibetan Buddhism.

Ended on October 30, 2011

From ancient Egypt to Persia to the German Expressionists and Balthus, this exhibition celebrates the portrait in painting, sculpture, and on paper, from a private collection.

Ended on December 23, 2011

This show, drawn from a private collection, includes paintings and drawings by Adolph Gottlieb, Clyfford Still, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, and Willem De Kooning, five of the central figures of abstract expressionism.

Ended on December 23, 2011

This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary aesthetic and technical diversity of Indian textiles made for royal courts, temples, adornment and trade, from the last 600 years.

Ended on December 23, 2011

In celebration of the opening of the wing, this exhibition features some of the best works from the Johnson’s extensive collection of drawings, from the 16th century to the present.

Ended on December 23, 2011

Works by Duchamp, Tanguy, Schwitters, Picabia, and others.