Welcome to HFJ @ Home, a new online journal at the Johnson, and our first entry by Jessica Levin Martinez, the Richard J. Schwartz Director.

As I write this, I hope that each of you are safe and healthy and that your loved ones are, too.

We at the Johnson Museum of Art are opening our digital doors, and warmly welcome you in for both discovery and delight.

Watch this space for fresh perspectives on art and museum practice. Curators, educators, registrars, preparators, and other colleagues will share stories about our work behind the scenes, with special features by our student interns and members of our Museum Club.

As Cornell University and our local K-12 schools move to virtual instruction we are finding new and daring ways to bring art alive onscreen, from web-based curating assignments to at-home “Build Your Own Museum” sessions and more via videoconference—and we can’t wait to share what we learn.

Let me add just a few pro tips as you navigate this site. You don’t have to be a Cornell faculty member to check out our primer on visual analysis—it will transform your experience of looking at works of art. Watch a lecture by Xu Bing, an A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell, to hear from one of the world’s leading artists—these and other past Museum talks are available on our CornellCast page.

For a veritable trove of images and information on our remarkable collection, explore eMuseum and see even more than you would on view in our physical galleries.

Whether you live down the street or across the world, we hope that the Johnson is your home museum. And on this snowy April day in Ithaca, we’d like to share a Zoom background of cherry blossoms at the Johnson (just click to view and download) as we ready for spring and the new stories we will bring you in the weeks and months to come.

See you online!
Jessica