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enticing the eye/exploring the frame

enticing the eye/exploring the frame

Each year the Johnson Museum provides an opportunity for students in the History of Art Majors’ Society to gain direct curatorial experience by organizing an exhibition and its associated programs and publishing a catalogue. This year, the exhibition examines framing through abstraction, identity, and the medium itself. 

From reflections in the rearview mirror to the mysteries beyond a painting’s edge, the works selected demonstrate the striking and varied ways artists formally and conceptually present their subjects. Particular attention is given to how architectural and natural forms construct the visual space and influence our relationship to the world within the frame. enticing the eye / exploring the frame aims to provoke questions about the limitations of the frame, about the context of the photographs, prints, and other objects within art history and the museum setting, and, ultimately, about how art frames the viewer.

Follow the students’ progress on their blog and on Instagram.

This exhibition was curated by undergraduate members of Cornell’s History of Art Majors’ Society with oversight by Alana Ryder, Mellon Curatorial Coordinator for Academic Programs at the Johnson Museum, and funded in part by grants from the Student Assembly Finance Commission and the Cornell Council for the Arts, and a generous gift from Betsey and Alan Harris.