September 15, 2009
Rollins’ Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s fall season was kicked off Thursday, September 10, with a pop-culture party just for Rollins students. Complete with Warhol themed mocktails, finger-food and a dime store photobooth, CFAM was abuzz with students and art aficionados decked out in the hippest of Mod fashion. As in Warhol’s time, it was opportunity to see and be seen.
Patrons perused a plethora of William Blake’s prints and engravings which were reproduced by Winter Park Institute scholar Michael Phillips, portrait Polaroids by Andy Warhol and the black-and-white photographs of photojournalistic pioneer André Kertész. Each gallery had its own unique flavor. The tin-foil walls of the Warhol exhibit mirrored its audience, silver in the style of Warhol’s studio, The Factory. Along with the collective works of William Blake was a video illustrating the process by which Phillips recreated Blake’s long lost masterworks. Kertész’s national touring exhibit offered a spacious yet intimate experience for patrons who were allowed room and time to fully investigate the still-life qualities of his very live subjects, each in the acting of reading in settings as diverse as a monastery and a rooftop.
To further inspire the mood of the evening, the Latin-influenced hip-hop spins of WPRK’s very own DJ Stereo77 emanated throughout the galleries. Attendees did not leave empty-handed. The photobooth experience was integral to the party’s success as it allowed students to let their ‘inner model’ out by donning Warhol themed wigs and props. The silliness was documented on a pair of photostrips at no cost, thus capturing the moment.
Credit goes to CFAM staff for fully conveying the essence of this exhibition, which runs through January 3, 2010. “We want students to feel welcome and comfortable at the Cornell whenever they come. It’s their museum after all,” said Robyn Allers, CFAM’s interim Director. “So we decided to have a private opening party just for them, and to make it a fun, visually stimulating experience.”
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free to members and all students with ID. For more information call the Cornell Fine Arts Museum 407-646-2526.
—Justin Braun (Class of 2010)