In 2020 the Johnson will foreground works from the permanent collection by women artists in two new installations.

Women artists working in a variety of media will fill the Richard F. Tucker ’50 and Genevieve M. Tucker Gallery on the first floor for the entire year, including Lee Bontecou, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Mary Bauermeister, Judy Chicago, Hermine Freed, Shirin Neshat, Michal Rovner, Amy Sillman, May Stevens, Clare Strand, Rachel Whiteread, and Hannah Wilke, curated by Andrea Inselmann, curator of modern and contemporary art, and Kate Addleman-Frankel, the Gary and Ellen Davis Curator of Photography. Additional presentations of works by Agnes Denes, Nicole Eisenman, Madge Gill, Lee Krasner, Ana Mendieta, Beverly Pepper, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Semmel, Beverly Semmes, Michelle Stuart, and others will change over the course of the year, with some works and new acquisitions on public view for the first time. 

Mickalene Thomas (American, born 1971), "Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires," 2013. Mixed media collage: woodblock, screenprint, and digital print, edition 4/25. Acquired through the Beth Treadway, Class of 1970, and Stephen Treadway, Class of 1969, Fund, and through the Herbert F. Johnson, Class of 1922, Endowment Fund, 2013.054.

The Johnson joins art museums and nonprofit institutions across the United States in presenting exhibitions and events in this presidential election year to position art as a catalyst for discourse and civic engagement under the collective banner of the Feminist Art Coalition (FAC). The FAC is a platform for art projects informed by feminisms: “Feminism is no longer a singular concept, but embraces and encompasses many different forms of thought and approaches to cultural change. FAC fosters collaborations between arts institutions that aim to make public their commitment to social justice and structural change. It seeks to generate cultural awareness of feminist thought, experience, and action.” Learn more and explore the list of participating organizations online at feministartcoalition.org.

In honor of the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, starting this summer the Johnson will present an exhibition drawn largely from the permanent collection curated by Nancy E. Green, the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American Art, Prints & Drawings, 1800–1945. Green will also be teaching a related summer course for Cornell’s Adult University (CAU), “The Art & Artifacts of Women’s Search for Equality.” Contact CAU to register at 607 255-6260 or cauinfo@cornell.edu

The exhibition, on view through the fall, will consider the artistic practice of women whose work was often historically seen as craft, including quilts and embroidery and extending to ceramics and illustrated books. Works related to the women’s suffrage movement, on loan from the Howland Stone Store Museum, an Underground Railroad site in nearby Aurora, New York, will also be featured.