Spring Exhibit Presents Mix of Traditional and Inventive Art

February 10, 2012

Likewise, As Technical Experts, But Not (At All) By Way of Culture

A patron examines Leigh-Ann Pahapill's installation, Likewise, As Technical Experts, But Not (At All) By Way of Culture. (Photo by Justin Braun)

At first glance, the spring 2012 exhibits at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) are the usual eclectic mixture of modern and classic. Yet, this season takes the modern one step further with an exhibit titled Likewise, As Technical Experts, But Not (At All) By Way of Culture. This installation by Leigh-Ann Pahapill was specifically designed for and created entirely within CFAM’s McKean gallery.

The creative process of erecting the exhibition, which offers the mixed media of sculpture, photography, and video, will also soon become its own work of art. A time-lapse camera documented the entire installation from start to finish and the completed cut will soon be available for viewing on the CFAM website.

In its entirety, the CFAM spring season showcases a number of contrasting and complementary exhibitions. They include Dust and Shade: Drawings by Charles Ritchie; British & Modern, paintings and drawings by the Bloomsbury group artists and their contemporaries; and A Room of One’s Own, a selection of artwork by women artists from the CFAM collection.

Ana Engels (Class of 2012)

Ana Engels ’12. (Photo by Justin Braun)

Students, faculty, staff, and community patrons were invited to experience the diverse array of works on display during the First Friday Student Open House on February 4. “I found that by really examining the artwork and learning the background of its inspiration, I could appreciate how each piece is distinctive yet fits together as a whole,” commented Katelyn Bodwell ’13.

One student in particular conducted extensive research on the exhibition by Sam Gilliam titled Contingencies. Before curating this show, Ana Engels ’12, the museum’s Fred W Hicks III Fellowship recipient, had to fully comprehend the artist’s style and history. Her research resulted in a gallery talk on Gilliam and his work. “This internship gave me valuable hands-on experience that I could not have gotten in the classroom. I hope to apply my knowledge by working in a museum once I graduate.”

The artwork of the CFAM spring season is stimulating to both the eyes and mind and is on display through May 13. For more information, visit the Cornell Fine Arts Museum home page.

By Justin Braun

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