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Past Exhibitions: 2012

Ended on February 20, 2012

In conjunction with Bring On the Lumière at the Schwartz Center and Lumière and Beyond at Cornell Cinema, the Museum will project shorts by the Lumière Brothers—the French founders of cinema—on the exterior of the main building from sunset to 11:00 p.m.

Ended on March 25, 2012

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Carl Ostendarp installed works from the Museum’s collection in galleries covered by his murals and accompanied by his playlists, encouraging us to realize how our understanding of art is affected by context.

Ended on April 1, 2012

More than forty works of video, prints, photographs, paintings, sculpture, and installation by international artists delve into the past and explore the present to expose the seductive simplicity of drawing lines as a substitute for learning how to live with each other.

Ended on July 15, 2012

To celebrate the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1952, this exhibition explores the importance of the train to the Cornell student experience.

Ended on July 22, 2012

The annual History of Art Majors’ Society exhibition suggests alternate ways of seeing when space can be chaotic, orderly, defined, and undefined.

Ended on July 29, 2012

Work by German Expressionists artists including Max Beckmann, Erich Heckel, Ernst Kirchner, Emil Nolde, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff shows them at the apex of their influence, highlighting prints, watercolors, and oil paintings produced between 1908 and 1930.

Ended on August 12, 2012

Work by Michael Ashkin, Roberto Bertoia, Renate Ferro, Jean Locey, Graham McDougal, Elisabeth Meyer, Carl Ostendarp, Stephanie Owens, Gregory Page, Maria Park, Barry Perlus, and Stan Taft.

Ended on August 12, 2012

Works by some of the greatest and most incisive photographers of the 20th century, including Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Steichen, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Garry Winogrand, and others.

Ended on August 12, 2012

This exhibition presents the extraordinary grace and strength of Wong Chai Lok’s poetry and calligraphy across the full range of traditional Chinese calligraphic styles. 

Ended on September 9, 2012

Encompassing various themes throughout the history of photography, this exhibition examines our ideas about visual memory and how those memories are consumed and shared by viewers.

Ended on September 30, 2012

This installation was curated by Cornell students in Professor Kaja McGowan’s Spring 2012 seminar "Shadowplay: Asian Art and Performance."

Ended on December 23, 2012

Prints, drawings, photographs, and illustrated books that examine how repeatable images helped construct our image of the Western city.

Ended on December 23, 2012

Turning the gallery into a laboratory, these artists subvert cinema's structure by substituting a succession of pictures with simultaneous images.

Ended on December 23, 2012

“Sounding” sculptures and audio recordings by Harry Bertoia (American, born Italy, 1915–1978) from the Museum’s permanent collection installed with contemporaneous furniture and design objects to provide a multisensory experience for visitors.  

Ended on December 23, 2012

Organized by the Rubin Museum of Art, this exhibition presents Tibetan sacred books in a broad cultural context by exploring the aesthetic and technological approaches used in creating and adorning sacred books from a variety of cultures and religious traditions. 

Ended on May 23, 2013

In recent years, Type A have expanded their interest in male competitiveness to the changing nature of public space, where this same phenomenon takes place but in the form of a growing, post 9/11 security culture: aggression posing as protection.