New Museum Exhibitions Feature Masterworks

January 14, 2008

Works by Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Rembrandt van Rijn, Kiki Smith, Ida Applebroog and many, many others will be on view in four fascinating new exhibitions opening January 19 at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM).

Nevelson, one of America’s leading post-war artists, is represented in "Nevelson by Night," a display of approximately one dozen sculptural assemblages comprised of wood and black paint and created between 1958-76. Organized by CFAM Director Luanne McKinnon, the exhibition follows the important Nevelson retrospective organized by The Jewish Museum in New York City and is the first comprehensive show about the sculptor presented in Central Florida.

Nevelson’s method of transforming “found” objects gathered from New York City streets, building renovation sites and lumber yard cast-offs into a distinct sculptural language earned her the title of the “grande dame of contemporary sculpture.” Her work has had profound effects upon many contemporary artists after her. Along with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, Louise Nevelson is the single most recognized contemporary artist in America.

McKinnon has also organized "Corps Exquis: The Human Form, c. 1605-2005," an ambitious exhibition celebrating the genre of the human figure in a wide-ranging selection of drawings, etchings, lithographs, mixed and new media works. “The exquisite body,” a central theme in the visual arts, is interpreted here by Pablo Picasso, Kiki Smith, Paul Cézanne, Ida Applebroog, Vanessa Beecroft, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Duncan Grant, among other American and European artists.

New acquisitions will be featured for the first time at the Cornell including Paul Cézanne’s "The Large Bathers, c. 1896 -97," two works by Picasso from 1905 and 1955, and Rembrandt’s "Woman Bathing her Feet at a Brook, c. 1658."

Finally, the Museum will be the site of two extraordinary, room-sized sculptural installations created by the New York-based artists Orly Genger (b. 1979) and Gandalf Gavan (b. 1975). Genger and Gavan will transform CFAM galleries with their site-specific works, open to the public on January 19.

Genger, a native New Yorker and graduate of Brown University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, weaves thick strands of rope, elastic strapping, yarn and metallic ribbon with her fingers and piles, folds and overlays the soft sculpture into temporary installation sites.

In 2007, Genger was given a solo exhibition at the prestigious Larissa Goldston Gallery in New York where "MASSPEAK," a sculpture comprised of over 200,000 feet of nylon climbing rope—enough to encircle the island of Manhattan twice—filled the gallery. For her installation specifically for CFAM, the artist will reconfigure thousands of feet of black nylon rope—typically used by rock climbers—in the Museum’s Jack and June Nelson Tower.

Gandalf Gavan was born in Berlin and lives and works in Brooklyn. He received an M.F.A. from Columbia University where he has also taught printmaking. Gavan is well known for his hand-blown glass and mixed-media installations wherein he recreates molecular forms from trellises and mirrors and incorporates flowers, feathers, dolls and patterned objects into the environmental mix.

His works have been presented in Switzerland, Mexico, Austria, Germany, Spain and throughout the United States. In the last three years, he has gradually taken his outdoor installations to indoor spaces, while focusing increasingly on site-specific elements. Gandalf Gavan will install his work in the William F. Yust Gallery, where it will be on view through April 13.

Gallery hours: Tues – Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 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

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