Spring 2013

Collecting for the Cornell
(January 19–May 12, 2013)

Collecting for the Cornell is an overview of the many gifts and acquisitions, large and small, that have contributed over time to making the Cornell's collection the gem that it is today.  Our history of collecting is a composite of many individuals, families, and institutions who had in common a love for art and a passion for teaching through art on our campus.  In an anniversary year for the museum, we celebrate them and highlight the process of building our encyclopedic collection.

 Lord Ganesha    sonntag

The Lord Ganesha, God of Wisdom and Remover of Obstacles, late 18th century
Bronze, 20 1/4 x 10 x 1/2 in.
Gift of Fred W. O'Neil
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1954.20.S

William Louis Sonntag (1822–1900)
Dream of Italy, c. 1860
Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 41 1/8 in.
Gift of George H. Sullivan
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1950.26.P


Bouguereau     Mercie

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905)
Tendres Propos, 1901
Oil on canvas, 75 x 48 in.
Gift of the Myers Family, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Myers, Jr., R'42, and June Reinhold Myers, R'42
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1966.15.

Antonin Mercié (1845–1916)
Gloria Victis, 1874
Bronze, 42 1/2 x 20 x 21 1/2 in.
Gift of George H. Sullivan
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1940.18.S



Rollins Senior Art Student Exhibition:  COALESCENCE
(April 20–May 12, 2013)

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History at Rollins College, is proud to host COALESCENCE, an exhibition debuting the work of ten senior studio art majors from the Class of 2013.

COALESCENCE is the culmination of the students’ artistic efforts and accomplishments over the past four years. The exhibition features works by Airam Dato-on, Kelly Brown, Elizabeth Countess Payne, Julia Lanfersieck, Julia McInnis, Roxanne Bates, Nikki Crewe, Andrew Berger, Alexis Csenger, and Meghan Pearis.  A variety of mediums are used including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and video art.

This group exhibition was juried by the Rollins College Professors Joshua Almond, Dana Hargrove, Dawn Roe, and Rachel Simmons, and by Jonathan F. Walz, Curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, and serves as the captstone experience for the graduating art majors.  The jurors’ selections exemplify the students’ talents, technical prowess, and ingenuity.

  • Opening Reception
    Friday, April 19, 2012
    5:30–7:30 p.m.
    Cornell Fine Arts Museum
    Free and open to the Public

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 Nikki Crewe    Brown

Nikki Crewe (American, b. 1991)
Swells, 2013
HD video with audio
8:50 (continuously looped)

Kelly Brown (American, b. 1990)
Disintegration (detail), 2013
Acrylic, 12 x 20 in.


 Bates    payne    Dato-on   

Roxanne Bates (British, b. 1990)
The Presentation, 2013
Mixed media, 29 1/2 x 40 1/2 in.

E. Countess Payne (American,b. 1980)
Melancholy Memory #4, 2013
Mixed media, 108 x 48 in.

Airam Dato-on (American, b. 1990)
Orange You Going to Cruise With Me?, 2012
Repurposed bicycle parts


McInnis    Csenger    Lanferseick

Julia McInnis (American, b. 1991)
Hunter (detail), 2013
Acrylic on gesso board, 18 x 24 in.

Alexis Csenger (American, b. 1991)
Reciprocity, 2013 
Screen print and mixed media on paper mounted on wood, 69 x 69 in.

Julia Lanfersieck (American, 1991)
Frida Kahlo, 2013
Digital print, 20 x 25 in.



Drew Berger (American, b. 1989)
Nature, 2013
Digital photograph, 21 1/2 x 31 1/2 in.



Meghan Pearis (American, b. 1989)
Vogue Is My Bible, 2013
Mixed media, 22 x 14 in.


Felrath Hines and the Question of Color
(January 19–May 12, 2013)

This project—curated by Andrea Stahlman, the museum's Fred W. Hicks III Fellow for academic year 2012–2013—traces the development of African-American artist Felrath Hines through an early intaglio print and painting; a watercolor; a pastel and its study drawing; and a mature oil on canvas.  In a sustained analysis of these specially selected works, the exhibition investigates the artist's chromatic experiments and his belief in the universality of aesthetic expression.

hines3   hines1

Felrath Hines (American, 1913–1993)
Mirage, 1958
Oil on canvas, 36 x 50 in.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Gift of Dorothy Fisher, Wife of the Artist

Felrath Hines (American, 1913–1993)
Untitled, n.d.
Watercolor on paper, 6 1/2 x 5 in.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Gift of Dorothy Fisher, Wife of the Artist

hines2     hines4

Felrath Hines (American, 1913–1993)
Third Movement, 1989
Pastel on paper, 20 x 18 in.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Gift of Dorothy Fisher, Wife of the Artist

Felrath Hines (American, 1913–1993)
Eclipse, 1984
Oil on linen, 33 x 18 in.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Gift of Dorothy Fisher, Wife of the Artist



Jeffrey Gibson:  Tipi Poles Performing as Lines
(January 19–May 12, 2013)

With this project CFAM debuts four new works created specifically for the Orientation Gallery niches. Gibson’s assemblages encompass themes of appropriation and power, as well as the speed of modern life, while using traditional Native American motifs in surprisingly contemporary ways.

Jeffrey Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, England, and elsewhere.  A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee, his unique combination of global cultural influences converge in his multi-disciplinary practice of more than a decade since the completion of his Master of Arts degree in painting at The Royal College of Art, London in 1998 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995.  Gibson has recently joined the faculty in the Studio Arts Program at Bard College and is a 2012 TED Foundation Fellow.

Jeffrey Gibson is a Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Artist.

gibson1  gibson3  gibson4

Jeffrey Gibson (American, b. 1972)
Tipi Poles Performing as Lines (Scenes 1, 3, and 4), 2013
Elk-hide covered birch plywood panels, acrylic paint, graphite, found tipi poles
Courtesy of the Artist; Marc Straus Gallery, NYC; and Samson Projects, Boston
Photos by Ken Lopez


Tipi Poles Performing as Lines, installation view
Photo by Ken Lopez


Florida's "Useable Past":  The Sunshine State and the Index of American Design
(January 19–April 14, 2013)

Florida will observe its 500th anniversary in 2013.  To mark this august occasion appropriately, the state's Division of Cultural Affairs is encouraging museums and other organizations across the peninsula to mount projects that highlight Florida's history.  This exhibition specifically highlights the Florida component of the Index of American Design.  Combining documentary photographs, handsome watercolor renderings, and existing material objects, the project will illuminate the role of Floridians in this initiative of the Works Progress Administration.


Viva 500

About Viva Florida 500

Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State (FDOS), under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, to highlight the 500th anniversary in 2013 of the arrival of Juan Ponce de Leὀn to La Florida in 1513. While Florida’s history dates back more than 12,000 years with the American Indians, Spain’s claim in 1513 began a new era. In 2013 Florida will mark 500 years of history and diverse cultural heritage – a claim no other state can make – and the place where the world’s cultures began to unite and transform into the great nation we know today as the United States of America. Viva Florida 500 will take place year-round in 2013 and its many partners are planning more than 150 events statewide. The goal is to promote 500 years of Florida’s history, its people, places and cultural achievements and this important milestone in American and Florida history. Learn more by visiting www.fla500.com and www.vivaflorida.org.

 2013 Useable past

2013 Useable Past Bread Tray Watercolor

A male member of the Waldron family (American, active 1850s)
Wooden Bread Tray, c. 1850
Hand carved gum wood, 6 1/4 x 35 1/2 x 24 in.
Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee

Annie B. Johnston (American, active 1930s)
Wooden Bread Tray, c. 1938
Watercolor on paper, 10 7/8 x 9 in.
Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee


2013 Useable Past Jar    2013 jar

Knox Hill Pottery (founded in Walton County, Florida, 1859)
Lidless Glazed Stoneware Jar with Handles, 1859
Glazed stoneware, height:  15 1/2 in.; diameter:  11 in.
Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee

Annie B. Johnston (American, active 1930s)
Lidless Glazed Stoneware Jar with Handles, c. 1938
Watercolor on paper, 15 x 10 in.
Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee


2013 Useable Past Carved Horn

Horn watercolor

2013 Useable Past Horn 2

Annonymous (American, active 1870s)
Carved Cow Horn, c. 1870
Incised horn, length:  16 in.; diameter:  3 in.
Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee

Annie B. Johnston (American, active 1930s)
Carved Cow Horn, 1939
Watercolor on paper, 11 x 9 1/8 in.
Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee