January 2016

Robbert Flick, Elizabeth Garrett, Stephanie Wiles

Art and campus life came together at the September 18, 2015, inauguration of Elizabeth Garrett as Cornell’s thirteenth president. On the same date, the Johnson hosted renowned photographer Robbert Flick, whose work was on view as part of the fall exhibition The City: Works from the Collection, to give a public lecture and meet with students. Former colleagues at the University of Southern California, President Garrett and Professor Flick had a chance to catch up after the inauguration ceremony (seen with me in the photo above). The convergence of these events led Flick to create a new work in his signature style capturing this important day in Cornell history. The print (below) was presented to President Garrett and also given as a gift to the Museum’s collection. 

The Johnson is eager to help President Garrett achieve the new priorities she has set for Cornell over the coming years. We’re ready to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary centers and institutes as they develop across campus, and we are committed to strengthening our ability to provide creative approaches to learning and outreach. Through the generosity of the Kress Foundation, for example, we’ve hired a Kress Interpretive Fellow, Brittany Rubin, to advance new strategies of presentation and interpretation for our collections. 

We’re equally committed to bringing our exhibitions and programs to the widest possible audience, and part of that has included an extension of our public hours. For the third consecutive semester, the Museum will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays during the academic year. Our programming has maximized these extended hours with artist talks, lectures, and more offered every Thursday night. We are extremely grateful to Dale Reis Johnson ’58 and Dick Johnson ’57 for supporting our Thursday-night programming this semester.

Whether it be for one of our thought-provoking new exhibitions, a fresh look at our permanent collection, a free lecture, or a special hands-on workshop, I hope you can come and visit us soon. We look forward to welcoming you to the Johnson! 

Stephanie Wiles
The Richard J. Schwartz Director