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Past Exhibitions: 2005

Ended on February 10, 2005

Swedish photographer and video artist Maria Friberg’s video blown out (1999) is the fifth in a series of projections at the Johnson Museum.

Ended on March 20, 2005

Material Matters focuses on the work of twenty international artists who look for inspiration in the everyday world of the urban environment, their materials coming from diverse sources but rarely from the traditional art store.

Ended on March 20, 2005

This exhibition explores a central theme in contemporary Indonesian art as the overlap between different discourses forces cultural and social taboos to loosen their grip.

Ended on March 27, 2005

Civilization and Its Discontents highlights forgotten spaces by directing visitors’ attention to the ways in which they travel through a museum, and how they might understand the displays within it.

Ended on May 15, 2005

In 2000, Cornell University was selected by NASA to lead the design, development, testing, and operations of the scientific instruments for a robotic rover mission to the surface of Mars. In January 2004 the two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, began sending the clearest, most detailed images of Martian landscapes ever seen.

Ended on May 29, 2005

Drawn from a private collection, this exhibition celebrates one of the great textile traditions of Central Asia: the knotted-pile weavings of the Turkmen people.

Ended on June 19, 2005

Silver jewelry from North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, Southeast Asia, and Southern China.

Ended on June 19, 2005

This exhibition examines how Photorealism interprets the American landscape, and highlights the nuanced and complex Photorealist working process.

Ended on July 31, 2005

This exhibition examines a wide-ranging collection of photographs and their stories, all gifts or loans from alumni collections.

Ended on August 14, 2005

With two superb paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder at its center, this exhibition examines the role of women in Northern Renaissance art and explores their surprising duality as virtuous beings and temptresses.

Ended on June 19, 2005

Gifts of Cuban art from Anita and Jay Hyman, Class of 1955.

Ended on August 7, 2005

In 1999, Isabel Berley, Class of 1947, and her husband, Bill, Class of 1945, gave the Johnson Museum their personal collection of fine and decorative art, a move that enhanced our collections substantially.

Ended on August 14, 2005

Work by Janice Levy, Gillian Pederson-Kraig, Loretta Roome, and Treacy Ziegler.

Ended on June 26, 2005

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in Cornell University’s Kroch Library is home to many student scrapbooks; since the early years of the University’s existence, scrapbooks have been kept and eventually given to the school.

Ended on July 31, 2005

Works by Sherrie Levine, George Stoll, John Chamberlain, James Siena, Kate Shepherd, Mel Kendrick, and Beatriz Milhazes, all gifts of or acquired through the generosity of Madeline and Les Stern, Cornell Class of 1960.

Ended on August 21, 2005

Not unlike the French Impressionist Berthe Morisot, Evelyn Borchard Metzger has been able to devote much of her life to the study of art, a privilege that most women of her generation were not afforded.

Ended on October 2, 2005

The Johnson Museum’s edition of Jazz is one of only 100 portfolio copies issued unbound and without the text.

Ended on October 16, 2005

The term “black and white” is inexact, but what comes under the rubric of “black-and-white photography” serves to emphasize the beauty of an image rendered in one tonal spectrum. This exhibition presents a small sampling from the 1840s to the present.

Ended on October 16, 2005

We are deeply grateful to the anonymous collector who has brought these brilliant works together and has been kind enough to lend them to the Johnson Museum.

Ended on October 23, 2005

Japanese paintings ranging in date from the late Edo period (1615–1868) and Meiji Restoration (1868–1912) to the Taisho and Showa periods before 1940.

Ended on October 23, 2005

The first exhibition outside of Japan to explore such a broad range of production, Quiet Beauty surveys technical and artistic developments in folk art ceramics made between about 3000 BC and about 1990.

Ended on November 20, 2005

Thousands of Brazilian soccer fans are cast on the façade of the Johnson Museum in an ecstatic explosion of color and rhythm.

Ended on January 8, 2006

These artists look beyond a simplistic notion of youth or gender to explore the state of adolescence as an in-between realm, both literally and metaphorically speaking.

Ended on December 11, 2005

In November 2004, the Johnson’s print collection celebrated the end of more than fifty years of waiting with the acquisition of a rich, early impression of Albrecht Dürer’s 1513 engraving Knight, Death, and the Devil. The trio of the German master’s so-called Master Prints is at last complete at Cornell.

Ended on January 8, 2006

Gifts and loans from a generous donor, covering a wide range of media and styles from Europe and American in the 19th and 20th centuries, including works on paper by Edward Hopper.

Ended on December 31, 2005

This exhibition presents a selection of prints from the collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation dating from the 16th to the early 19th century, and features works by Rembrandt, Goltzius, Lorrain, Goya, and Hogarth, and many others.