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Past Exhibitions: 2009

Ended on February 15, 2009

Geometric forms resembling sheets of paper flutter in a virtual landscape tinged in shades of blue and orange, simulating a beautiful desert sunrise.

Ended on March 15, 2009

In the second half of the 19th century there was an upward shift in the number of women who were considering careers in the art field—and making a success of it.

Ended on March 22, 2009

The photographers in Picturing Eden examine the many facets of Paradise, from places of contemplation and restoration to sites of loneliness and despair.

Ended on April 5, 2009

In the more than thirty-five years since its advent at the tiny settlement of Papunya in the desert heart of Australia, the so-called "dot-painting" movement has become an art instantly and internationally associated with Aboriginal Australia.

Ended on July 5, 2009

Today the Johnson houses over 22,000 works on paper, and this collection is used extensively to teach classes across the disciplines. As can be seen by the examples on view here, given by members of this year’s Cornell Reunion classes, it is a collection rich in quality, diversity, and technique.

Ended on July 5, 2009

In a highly ceremonial act of putting on elaborate makeup and costume, the performer literally becomes the god, incarnating its divine power and consciousness to interact directly with devotees.

Ended on July 5, 2009

Following in visionary collector Florence Barron’s footsteps, Nora Lee (Smokler) and Guy Barron have been passionate collectors of contemporary art for almost five decades.

Ended on July 5, 2009

Dense textual patterning hint at a secret, ancient language, one that knows no borders and can be accessed by all.

Ended on July 14, 2009

This year's History of Art Majors' Society exhibition focuses on expanding the traditional notice of artistic process as an interaction with media.

Ended on July 26, 2009

Drawn from the Johnson’s permanent collection, these woodblock prints illustrate a hundred years of innovation on the part of Japanese artists as they incorporated new styles into their work, both from home and abroad.

Ended on October 11, 2009

This exhibition, drawn from the superb collection of Dr. Joseph B. Dallett, illustrates the range and genres De Hooghe made visible, including battle scenes, current events and historical subjects, political and religious allegories, and manuals on law and combat.

Ended on October 11, 2009

Paintings, posters, prints, and political buttons provide a glimpse into the art of China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), its origins, and the lingering effects in the works of contemporary Chinese artists who lived through it.

Ended on October 18, 2009

The output of the artists in the Bloomsbury group exemplified the breadth and strength of their complex talents, and this exhibition includes nearly 200 works created over a fifty-year period by both public and private collectors in the United States.

Ended on October 25, 2009

This collection of ceramics spans the height of the ceramics revival (1890–1940) with superb examples by European masters of the period.

Ended on December 6, 2009

Putting bodies at risk, tightrope acts engender anxiety and tension in the onlooker, all the while teasing us with the promise of entertainment.

Ended on January 3, 2010

A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University.

Ended on December 13, 2009

A graduate of Cornell's architecture program (1968), Gordon Matta-Clark's artistic practice was a radical investigation of architecture, space, and urban environments that has influenced generations of artists and architects since his untimely death in 1978.

Ended on January 3, 2010

The first comprehensive survey of Peggy Preheim’s work, organized by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Ended on January 3, 2010

This exhibition celebrates the inventiveness and the variety of engravings coming out of what is now the Netherlands and Belgium during the mid to late 16th century, as well as the broad range of interests among a rapidly growing class of print collectors.

Ended on January 17, 2010

Every two years, faculty members of the Department of Art are invited to select an artwork to exhibit at the Johnson Museum.

Ended on January 31, 2010

Combining footage from a fictional photo shoot of children and interior shots of funeral homes with off-camera interviews with funeral directors, Fast manages to relate two very distinct industries—mortuary services and fashion photography—emphasizing their involvement in the construction and artifice of images.