Ithaca, NY— Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant of $25,000 in support of their upcoming traveling exhibition JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876–1970, scheduled to open at the Johnson in August 2016. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round. 

JapanAmerica is curated by Nancy E. Green, the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American Art, Prints & Drawings, 1800–1945, at the Johnson. It will travel to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, in 2016; the Montclair Museum of Art in Montclair, New Jersey, in 2017; and an additional 2017 venue to be announced. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major catalogue and a range of programming at each institution, along with a scholarly symposium at Cornell. 

JapanAmerica focuses on Japan’s place in major international exhibitions held in the Americas from 1876 onward, and finishes with Japan’s own first world fair held in Osaka in 1970. The exhibition will explore the roles of art, design, and display in Japanese-American relations through paintings, decorative arts, sculpture, and prints borrowed from major public and private collections, multimedia components, and new research. 

The project has also received funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Carpenter Foundation, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Foundation, and the Atkinson Forum in American Studies at Cornell.

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov.

 

The Johnson Museum has a permanent collection of more than 35,000 works of art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The museum building was designed by I. M. Pei. Funds for the building were donated by Cornell alumnus Herbert F. Johnson, late president and chairman of SC Johnson. The building opened in 1973 and a wing opened in 2011. 

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The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, located on the campus of Cornell University, is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum is accessible for mobility-impaired visitors, and  wheelchairs are available in the lobbies. Metered parking is available in the lot next to the Museum. For more information, please call 607 255-6464. Visit the Museum’s website at museum.cornell.edu. The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail: www.DiscoveryTrail.com. 

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Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at http://arts.gov/. 

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