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October 4, 2011
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College Announces Fall 2011 Exhibitions
▪ The Very Queer Portraits of Heyd Fontenot ▪
▪ Synchronicity: Studio Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2011 ▪
▪ Kim Russo: Family ▪
▪ A Room of One’s Own: Women Artists from the Permanent Collection ▪
▪ Contested Object: Ninomiya Kinjiro and Rollins College’s Cultural Property Controversy ▪
Winter Park, FL – The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is pleased to announce five new exhibitions for the Fall 2011 season. The Very Queer Portraits of Heyd Fontenot; Synchronicity: Studio Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2011; Kim Russo: Family; A Room of One’s Own: Women Artists from the Permanent Collection; and Contested Object: Ninomiya Kinjiro and Rollins College’s Cultural Property Controversy will open to the public on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
The Very Queer Portraits of Heyd Fontenot will be on display October 22 – January 8, 2012, showcasing Dallas artist Heyd Fontenot’s talent for portraiture as well as capturing the nude figure. In his quirky likenesses, Fontenot emphasizes the expressive features of his subjects. Absurdly large heads, visual puns with erotic innuendoes, and the occasional goat represent Fontenot’s highly intentional sense of playfulness in his work. Within this deeply thoughtful and extended investigation into late twentieth-century ideas around human beauty, Fontenot portrays his sitters as they are in real life, with curves, shortcomings, freckles, and most of all, personality. Washington Post art critic Michael O'Sullivan states that "[Fontenot] has real talent. His portrait busts are among the best works in the show. You feel you know his subjects, though you've never met them." Heyd Fontenot is represented by Inman Gallery in Houston, Texas.
On display October 22, 2011 thru January 15, 2012, viewers will be able to see the works of Rollins College Studio Art faculty in Synchronicity: Studio Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2011. This year’s exhibition will feature the works of Joshua Almond, Rose Thome Casterline, Dana Hargrove, Dawn Roe, and Rachel Simmons.
Kim Russo blends watercolor and drawing together in the images for her exhibition Kim Russo: Family, showing through January 15, 2011. This exhibition displays images of twenty-first century non-traditional families at life size. Russo's drawings usually address contemporary social concerns in offbeat imagery culled from the Internet and combined into technically brilliant watercolor renderings (sometimes on a grand scale). This exhibition marks the premier showing for these pieces created specifically for the Cornell Fine Arts Museum exhibition. Kim Russo is head of the Fine Arts Department at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and has exhibited her work internationally, receiving residency fellowships from the Lenz Foundation, Caldera, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe, NM) and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum (Lafayette, LA).
A Room of One’s Own: Women Artists from the Permanent Collection, showing through January 15, 2011, will feature two-dozen works of women artists from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s permanent collection, timed to correspond with a major conference on Feminism sponsored by the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College, which will feature Gloria Steinem as a guest speaker. This show will provide an overview of the important art historical contributions women have made, featuring paintings by Grandma Moses and Jennie Augusta Brownscombe; prints by Georgia O'Keeffe, Faith Ringgold, and Nancy Graves; and sculpture by Anna H. Huntington among other pieces from the collection.
Dr. Jacqueline Francis, senior lecturer, Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts, will speak on “difference” in American art and culture of the twentieth century, within the context of the exhibitions on art by women and by LGBTQ artists on view at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
Contested Object: Ninomiya Kinjiro and Rollins College’s Cultural Property Controversy showcases the college’s sculpture of the Japanese figure Ninomiya Kinjiro and the events surrounding the statue’s repatriation to Okinawa in 1995. Donated by an alumnus in 1946, the bronze stood in the Warren Administration Building at Rollins College until an Okinawan historical society requested its return in 1994. An international debate concerning the statue’s rightful ownership subsequently arose. The result of a Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship project by Dr. Susan Libby, Associate Professor of Art History at Rollins College and Cory Baden (’12), Contested Object revisits a piece of Rollins history and shows the event’s relevance to contemporary cultural property disputes. This presentation will be on display through January 15, 2011.
Contested Object will be the focus of a panel discussion concerning cultural property issues. Participants include Dr. Rita Bornstein, Rollins College President Emerita; Dr. Margaret McLaren, George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair and Professor of Philosophy; Dr. Jonathan R. Walz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology; and Dr. Robert Vander Poppen, Assistant Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology and Archaeology Program Coordinator. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Susan Libby, Professor of Art History and Cory Baden.Anthropology ('12).
In this lecture, Dr. Roger Ward, Independent Consultant and Adjunct Curator of Collections at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, will recount a few of the more harrowing tales of art survival and illuminate some of the complex, even inextricable dilemmas faced by those who seek the truth, more than sixty-five years after the fall of the Nazi Regime.
Located on the campus of Rollins College near downtown Winter Park, the Cornell’s gallery hours are: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults. Free to CFAM members, Rollins College faculty, staff, and all students with current ID, and children. For additional information, please call 407.646.2526 or visit cfam.rollins.edu to see a complete listing of exhibitions and events at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
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