Ithaca—A special installation by Eleanore Mikus (1927–2017) is on view through Sunday, May 13, 2018, in the Johnson Museum’s first-floor gallery for contemporary art.

Mikus, who passed away in 2017 in her home in Ithaca, was an artist and art professor whose series Tablets captured the attention of the New York art world in the 1960s. She continued to produce work in new directions for more than fifty years.

Tablets 176 (1968), made of white epoxy on fiberglass, from the Museum’s permanent collection is on view alongside a selection of works on paper from 1995–2008.

“I always experimented. I still do—I think I would stop working if I had to stay still,” she said about her practice.

Mikus teaching in Tjaden Hall, ca. 1988 (Photo courtesy of the artist’s estate)

Mikus joined the studio art faculty at Cornell in 1979 and taught until her retirement in 1994. “This installation is in recognition of her contributions to art in general and her decades teaching at Cornell University in particular,” said Andrea Inselmann, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Johnson Museum.

Eleanore Mikus’s work is included in the collections of a number of museums, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.