Museum Sessions For University Courses
Each academic year, area colleges and approximately 300 Cornell University courses from more than 30 departments and programs organize and develop Museum sessions with the Johnson’s educational and curatorial staff. In addition to focusing on current exhibitions, we design and lead sessions using works of art from our global collection spanning six thousand years, six continents, and more than 35,000 objects.
Museum sessions are held Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 AM to 5 PM (special arrangements can be made for classes that meet only on Mondays or outside of regular hours). Due to high demand, it is recommended that you contact the Museum before the semester begins, and at least three weeks’ notice is required. Requests made with shorter notice cannot be guaranteed. Sessions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and free to University classes.
Contact Alana Ryder, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Coordinator, for further information and to set up an initial meeting. Please include:
- Department and title of course
- Copy of syllabus
- Number of students and TAs
- Preferred dates and times for Museum session
In the initial meeting, we will establish objectives, a plan for the Museum session, and a set of artworks to study. A maximum of twelve (12) objects not currently on view can be requested, and there may be restrictions based on size and availability. More than 20,000 works can be accessed online through the Luna Insight image database.
There are six separate spaces available to visiting classes: the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Study Gallery classroom; a 150-seat lecture room that can be divided into two large classrooms; the visible storage gallery (a hybrid gallery and classroom space); the Rona Hollander Citrin ’80 and Jeffrey Citrin Photography Center; the Maria and Donald Cox Studio; and the seminar room.
Each semester, the Johnson Museum serves as a classroom on a weekly basis for courses that use objects from the collection. To learn more about collaborating with the Museum during a full semester, please contact Cathy Klimaszewski, Associate Director and the Harriett Ames Charitable Trust Curator of Education.
For instructors of these courses, please observe the following guidelines:
- Objects must be requested no less than two weeks ahead of the class meeting, and this list of objects (with accession numbers) must be emailed to Alana Ryder.
- There is a limit of twelve (12) works per class unless Museum curatorial permission is granted, and there may be other restrictions based on size and availability.
- A staff member or curatorial Museum intern must be present with the works at all times, and unless curatorial permission is granted, the staff member or intern will handle all objects.
- Any special set up or AV requests must also be made at least one week prior to the class.
Mellon Course Proposals 2015-2018
The Johnson Museum of Art seeks proposals from Cornell faculty interested in developing innovative, collections-based courses to be cotaught with Museum staff. Beginning in Spring 2014, curriculum development grants of $1,500 will be available to faculty who wish to partner with Museum staff to develop and teach new interdisciplinary courses. One course will be offered each semester, beginning in Fall 2015 and continuing through Spring 2018.
Study Gallery Installations
Small course-related installations in the Kress Study Gallery can be requested for a period of up to two weeks to allow for extended viewing and research by students. Preferably, one semester advance notice is required to organize study gallery installations. Requests are met on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Cathy Klimaszewski for details. Recent study gallery installations and instructors have included:
- Society for the Humanities, Architecture, African Studies and Research Center (SHUM, ARCH, ASRC 6819), “Home and the World,” Professors Mary Woods and Noliwe Rooks
- Department of English (ENGL 6640), “American Literature and the Civil War,” Professor Shirley Samuels
- Department of English (ENGL 1158: FWS), “American Voices,” Professor Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
- Department of History of Art and Visual Studies (ARTH 4154/6154), “Feminism, Postfeminism, Cyberfeminism,” Professor Maria Fernandez
- Department of History of Art and Visual Studies (ARTH 6015), “Photography and the Archive,” Professor Cheryl Finley
- Department of English (ENGL 2675), “Cultures of the Cold War,” Associate Professor Jeremy Braddock
- Department of Natural Resources (NTRES 3330), “Indigenous Ways of Knowing Tress and Other Ramifications,” Professor Karim-Aly Kassam
- Department of History of Art and Visual Studies (ARTH 1149), “The Politicized Image in East and Southeast Asia,” Pamela Corey, PhD candidate
- Department of History of Art and Visual Studies (ARTH 2400), “Introduction to Art History: Renaissance and Baroque,” Professor Claudia Lazzaro
Appointments to view works of art for scholarly purposes can be arranged by contacting the collection
Ellen Avril: Asian art
Nancy Green: European and American prints and drawings, 1800–1945; decorative art
Andrea Inselmann: Modern and contemporary art, and photography
Andy Weislogel: European art before 1800; other areas of the collection
Explore the Museum's collection through the Luna Insight image database. Access to object files, archival material, and other primary resources related to the collections can be arranged by contacting Sonja Gandert, curatorial assistant.
Visible storage gallery: More than one thousand works of art from the African, pre-Columbian, Asian, and decorative arts collections are on view on Floor 2L. Object entries for many of these objects is available through a free app available for download and on iPads installed in the gallery.
Pedagogical Workshops for Faculty
Museum staff are eager to work with faculty to explore new ways to use the collection. These pedagogical workshops include an introduction to the collections and Museum resources; techniques and strategies for teaching with original works of art; and how to develop and schedule Museum sessions for courses across the disciplines. Please contact Cathy Klimaszewski for details.
Visiting Artist and Speaker Program
The visiting artist and speaker program brings artists to campus for lectures, studio visits, and discussions with students and faculty, often in connection with exhibitions. These visits, along with other lectures and gallery talks by distinguished curators, specialists, and art historians, are posted in the calendar section.
Previous artists and speakers include Maryan Ainsworth, Michael Arad, Xu Bing, Willie Cole, Andy Goldsworthy, Mike Hearn, Faye Hirsch, Klaus Kertess, Maya Lin, Sally Mann, John A. Pinto, Susan Rothenberg, Andres Serrano, Storm Tharp, Leo Villareal, Carrie Mae Weems, and Martie Young, among many others.
Faculty Advisory Committee
Faculty members from a variety of disciplines serve on the committee and interact with Museum staff to generate new ideas about how the Museum can be an even more effective learning resource on campus. For more information, please contact Cathy Klimaszewski.
Faculty Advisory Committee 2014–15
Professor, Department of Music
Associate Professors, Departments of Art and History of Art and Visual Studies
Senior Lecturer, John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines and English
Kenneth J. Bissett Professor of Communication and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Katherine K. Gottschalk
Walter C. Teagle Director of First-Year Writing Seminars
Goldwin Smith Professor of African and African Diaspora Art History and Visual Culture, Africana Studies and Research Center and the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Kent L. Hubbell
Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students/ Professor, Department of Architecture
C. Richard Johnson, Jr.
Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick Senior Professor of Engineering and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Professor and Department Chair, Department of History of Art and Visual Studies
Wolfgang H. Sachse
Meinig Family Professor of Engineering
Daniel R. Schwarz
Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Studies
Professor, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning