CFAM Celebrates Old While Welcoming New

Continuing with its tradition of innovation and esteemed excellence, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s (CFAM) spring line-up will excite a variety of tastes and interests. Patrons of this season’s exhibits will find an array of artistic styles and mediums, from an evolving installation piece to a revival of the Bloomsbury Group.

Many will enjoy Leigh-Ann Pahapill’s installation piece, curiously titled Likewise, as technical experts, but not (at all) by way of culture. Pahapill intends to spontaneously construct the exhibit over a two-week period in a piece that will include a partially erected platform enclosed by various large-scale wooden monuments. Critics of earlier works deem Pahapill’s exhibits as a sight to see.

For those more interested in past than future, CFAM’s spring 2012 season will also include the exhibition British & Modern: Art by the Bloomsbury Group and Their Contemporaries, a series of paintings and drawings that showcase the work of this prominent group of British intellectuals from the early 20th century.

Returning to the here and now, CFAM’s spring line-up will feature work by Ana Engels ’12. An exhibition contrived from Engels’ year-long internship research project, Sam Gilliam: Contingencies, represents destiny and the influence of random chance in shaping individuals’ lives. Engels studied Gilliam’s process intensively, a process known for its spontaneity through random creative processes like folding and stretching canvas. Gilliam’s trademark works are known for their draped, rag-like structures with color that resembles “laissez-faire” dyed cloth. To maintain the desired characteristics of his work, Gilliam constantly updates his medium while still incorporating some signature trademarks. In this exhibition, viewers will see elements old and new, traditional and modern.

When commenting on this artistic process, Engels remarked that she was proud of the way her exhibition project turned out, noting, “When I see this exhibition, I am intrigued by Gilliam’s work despite spending many months and time with these pieces.”

Concurrent with Sam Gilliam: Contingencies, patrons of CFAM can view the equally provocative Dust and Shade: Drawings, an exhibit that features mixed-media messages from Washington, D.C. artist Charles Ritchie. Ritchie’s work explores the limits of vision in his intimate images of dusk, twilight and night, depicting the scenes in Ritchie’s characteristically detailed and familiar manner.

As evidenced, the Spring 2012 line-up at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum will be sure to please a plethora of tastes with its inclusion of varied and vibrant works. The spring season will run from Jan. 28 to May 13.


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