Fall 2013

Albrecht Dürer to Claes Oldenburg: Collecting at the Cornell, 1990-2010
(September 17–December 8, 2013)

In celebration of the Cornell’s 35th anniversary year, this exhibition showcases works purchased by the museum from designated funds during two decades at the turn of the 21st century. The works chosen reveal an acquisition strategy that celebrates the museum's historic collection yet is future driven: some works relate to artwork that had been donated to the museum, others build on new areas of strength. Together, they enhance the teaching role of the collection. Old Master prints will be seen side-by-side with works by some of the 20th century’s best-known artists.


durer   oldenburg   delacroix

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)
The Seven Trumpets (from the Apocalypse), c. 1496
15 1/2 x 11 in.
Purchased with funds from the Wally Findlay Acquisitions Fund

Claes Oldenburg (American, b. 1929)
Picasso Cufflink, 1974
Lithograph, Edition 85/90
36 1/8 x 26 7/8 in.
Purchased with funds from the Wally Findlay Acquisitions Fund
1992.04.PR © 1974 Claes Oldenburg

Eugène Delacroix (French, 1845–1930
Jewess of Algiers (Juive d'Algier), 1833
20 1/8 x 13 3/8 in.
Purchased with funds from the Wally Findlay Acquisitions Fund

2007.9    blondell  

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906)
The Large Bathers, 1896–1897 
Lithograph on Ingres d'Arches laid paper
15 7/8 x 19 5/8 in.
Purchased with funds from the Michel Roux Acquisitions Fund

Jacques-François Blondel (French, 1705–1774)
Untitled, (Reclining Male Nude), 18th century
Graphite on light blue prepared paper
20 3/4 x 15 19/32 in.
Purchased with funds from the Michel Roux Acquisitions Fund

Tiepolo   Lichtenstein

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, 1727-1804)
Mary Helped by Two Angels, c. 1753
7 1/4 x 9 3/4 in.
Purchased with funds from the Wally Findlay Acquisitions Fund

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)
American Indian Theme III, 1980
35 x 26 3/4 in.
Purchased with funds from the 100th Anniversary Acquisitions Fund
1996.02.PR, © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein


Auktion 392:  Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Düsseldorf
(September 17–December 8, 2013)

This exhibition, organized by Concordia University in Montreal and travelled internationally by Ben Uri, the London Jewish Museum of Art, will be presented at the Cornell to coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht (November 9–10, 1938). Focusing on the case of Max Stern’s Düsseldorf gallery, the exhibition addresses the issues of Nazi looted art and the on-going restitution efforts through the courts in America and Europe of works forcibly sold at the instruction of the Nazi regime.

In August 1935 Max Stern, who had taken over the long-established Galerie Stern in Düsseldorf upon the death of his father the previous year, was notified that under Nazi law, he had lost all professional privileges and was no longer allowed to practice as an art dealer. He was given four weeks in which to sell or dissolve all holdings of the gallery. Stern appealed the mandate while trying to find a “suitable” (i.e., Aryan) owner for the gallery but his efforts failed. In November 1937 on orders of the Nazi government, Kunsthaus Lempertz in Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest auction houses, sold the inventory of the Galerie Stern at the auction known, as was customary, by its number, Auktion 392.  It was one of many such forced sales meant to eliminate any Jewish participation in German cultural life.

The exhibition is constructed in three modules that tell the intertwined stories of the Stern family and Max Stern's doomed struggle to save his art gallery and collection; the forced auction (including a reconstruction of the auction environment with more than fifty images of the sold lots); and finally the restitution of Nazi looted art in general, alongside current progress of the Max Stern art restitution project.

Auktion 392: Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Düsseldorf was originally conceived, researched and curated by the Faculty of Fine Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. It was further developed, toured and presented by Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art, benuri.org.uk, in conjunction with the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, jewishmuseum.com

Thanks are due to The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (Claims Conference) for their support in enabling this important exhibition to tour across the United States and abroad.

CFAM is a partner in the 2013 Kristallnacht Collaborative Community Commemoration of Central Florida which will include events, exhibitions and concerts organized by the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, the Bach Festival Society, the Winter Park Institute, and the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation, among others http://kristallnacht2013.org/

Other informative links:   Kristallnacht Commemoration Intro Video  
                                     Kristallnacht brochure


Galerie Stern    Installation View
Galerie Stern, c. 1930                               Auktion 392 installation view


Diana Beltran Herrera:  Birds of Florida
(September 17–December 8, 2013)

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum will display seven sculptures by Diana Beltran Herrera (b. 1987, Colombia). The works are completely made of paper and will feature local bird species. The project is a CFAM collaboration with the Latin American Student Association, the Department of Biology, and the Department of  Environmental Studies at Rollins College.

Herrera's work seeks to explore the chillingly disengaged relationship between humans and nature in modern society. Using paper as her primary medium she is able to present notions of temporality and change, emphasizing the process of transformation that continuously occurs in nature as well as humankind. 


herrera redbreastherrera starlingherrera redbreast 2   
Diana Beltran Herrera (Colombian, b. 1987)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (2 views), 2013
Paper sculpture
Photo by Diane Beltran Herrera

Diana Beltran Herrera (Colombian, b. 1987)
Common Starling, 2013
Paper sculpture
Photo by Diane Beltran Herrera


Studio Malick
(continuing through December 8, 2013)

Malick Sidibé’s exuberant photographs offer a unique look at a time of political transition and cultural liberation. As Mali gained independence from France in 1960, the youth culture of music, dancing, and fashion exploded in this once-conservative West African nation and Sidibé’s ubiquitous lens chronicled it all. Through the use of props, posing, and a deft attention to personality, he developed a distinct style, fulfilling his clients’ aspirational self-presentation and achieving international recognition for these beautiful and nuanced studies of human character.

Studio Malick has been organized by the DePaul Art Museum in collaboration with Gwinzegal/diChroma Photography, Spain. The exhibition will travel to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in spring 2014.

Here is My Ring and My Watch Four Friends

Malick Sidibé (Malian, b. 1935 or 1936)
Here Is My Watch, Here Is My Ring, 1964
© Malick Sidibé, Gwinzegal / diChroma photography

Malick Sidibé (Malian, b. 1935 or 1936)
The Four Friends, June 1967
© Malick Sidibé, Gwinzegal / diChroma photography

Mr. D Motorcycle

Malick Sidibé (Malian, b. 1935 or 1936)
Mr. Dembelé, Secret Agent, 1964
© Malick Sidibé, Gwinzegal / diChroma photography

Malick Sidibé (Malian, b. 1935 or 1936)
The Two of Us on a Motorcycle, July 1970
© Malick Sidibé, Gwinzegal / diChroma photography


 Questions of Travel
(continuing through December 8, 2013)

Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “Questions of Travel” provides the focus for this installation. Since the beginning of recorded history, artists and writers have used the road trip—however long and whatever the destination—as source material. The works selected for display are the product of journeys, whether created by an American in Italy, a Cuban in St. Barts, or an Italian in Egypt.

All the paintings on view in Questions of Travel were donated to the museum by generous individuals; thus the installation opportunely amplifies our yearlong examination of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s history of collecting during our 35th anniversary celebrations. These images also literally and figuratively broaden our horizons, a particularly desirable outcome as the mission of Rollins College is to educate students for global citizenship. During a time of lazy summer vacations and fall break getaways, this installation offers refreshment and renewal to CFAM visitors from near and far.

Click here to read Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Questions of Travel".

Aceves   smilie   sanchez

Tomàs Aceves (Spanish, 19th/20th century)
Courtyard of the Dolls, The Alcazar, Seville, late 19th century
Oil on canvas, 31 x 40 in.
Gift of an anonymous donor
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1963.109.P

James David Smillie (American, 1833-1909)
View of the Bay of Naples, 1904
Oil on canvas, 34 x 44 1/2 in. 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Cochrane
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1965.06.P

Emilio Sanchez (American, 1921–1999)
Untitled (Blue House with White Shutters, St. Barts), c. 1970s
Oil on canvas, 26 x 30 in.
Gift of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 2012.01.P