James David Smillie, (American, 1833-1909), View of the Bay of Naples (detail), 1904, Oil on Canvas, 34 x 44 1/2 in., Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Cochrane
May 25–December 8, 2013

Questions of Travel

Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “Questions of Travel” provided the focus for this installation. Since the beginning of recorded history, artists and writers have used the road trip—however long and whatever the destination—as source material. The works selected for display were the product of journeys, whether created by an American in Italy, a Cuban in St. Barts, or an Italian in Egypt.

All the paintings on view in Questions of Travel were donated to the museum by generous individuals; thus the installation opportunely amplified our yearlong examination of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s history of collecting during our 35th anniversary celebrations. These images also literally and figuratively broadened our horizons, a particularly desirable outcome as the mission of Rollins College is to educate students for global citizenship. During a time of lazy summer vacations and fall break getaways, this installation offered refreshment and renewal to CFAM visitors from near and far.

Read Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Questions of Travel"

Tomàs Aceves, (Spanish, 19th/20th century), Courtyard of the Dolls, The Alcazar, Seville, late 19th century, Oil on canvas, 31 x 40 in., Gift of an anonymous donor


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