Antonio Martorell , (Puerto Rican, b. 1939), ¿Quéslaque? Es que la…, 2018, Acrylic, collage and calligraphy on felt, 94 x 141 in. , Museum purchase from the Michel Roux Acquisition Fund. 2019.9. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Place as Metaphor

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Ideas of place can range from a physical location or imagined setting, to a state of mind or a constructed memory of a past experience. Whether specific as in Jonas Lie’s Dusk on Lower Broadway, symbolic as in Josephine Halvorson’s Measure 4 (10’), or literary as in Rafael Trelles’ La Autopista del Sur, visual representations of place invite reflections on identity, faith, and daily life. How do our surroundings affect the way we see ourselves? Are we defined by the land we inhabit? How do politics or religion shape our ideas of certain parts of the world? 

Featuring a selection of collection favorites and new acquisitions, this exhibition examines the multiple meanings of place through diverse representations across time and region. Two new works by Puerto Rican artists, Rafael Trelles’ La Autopista del Sur and Antonio Martorell’s ¿Quéslaque? Es que la…, are featured in the museum for the first time as part of CFAM’s efforts to continue diversifying its permanent collection. Connections between the contemporary works and the historical pieces on view transcend mere thematic parallels and suggest a more nuanced approach to the concept of place.

This exhibition is organized by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Support for this exhibition comes from the Director’s Circle and the General Exhibition Fund of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Additional support comes from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is generously funded, in part, by Rollins College, Winter Park, FL.

Rafael Trelles, (Puerto Rican, b. 1957), La autopista del sur (The Southern Highway), 2011, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 73 ¾ x 49 ½ in. , Museum purchase from the Michel Roux Acquisition Fund. 2019.8. Image courtesy of the artist.
Lavinia Fontana, (Italian, 1552-1614), The Dead Christ with Symbols of the Passion, 1581, Oil, tempera on panel, 14 1/4 x 10 5/8 in., Gift of the late General and Mrs. John J. Carty, in memory of her brother, Thomas Russell 1936.30.P

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