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CFAM Update: New Exhibits and Free Admission

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) at Rollins College in Winter Park is pleased to announce its upcoming spring 2014 season of exhibitions and the continuation of Free Admission for 2014, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Bessemer Trust.

Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation (January 4-March 16, 2014) is organized by the American Federation of the Arts and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. A national tour completed in 2011 was so critically acclaimed (according to The Washington Times, it “refreshed the typical view of Matisse”) that three more venues were added; the Cornell is one of them. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Henrí Matisse’s son Pierre and includes more than sixty works which illustrate every printmaking medium the artist utilized (etchings, monotypes, aquatints, lithographs, linocuts in black and white, and his only two color prints). Together, they showcase the extraordinary range of Matisse’s printmaking techniques and subjects and provide a rich examination of an understudied part of his oeuvre.


ex1Conversations: Selections from the Permanent Collection (January 4-ongoing) aims to inspire dialogues about works of art created during disparate time periods and among various cultures. To draw new relationships, favorites from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s collection are brought together under four broad thematic categories: Religion Redefined, Gesture and Pose, A Sense of Place, and History and Myth. The four groupings outlined here suggest some universal themes that have persisted throughout the history of art. Featured artists include Romare Bearden, Lavinia Fontana, Alfredo Jaar, Lorna Simpson, and Hiram Powers. A second-century Roman sarcophagus, on long-term loan to CFAM, will make its debut in this exhibition.  



The McKean Legacy at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (January 4-April 13, 2014) celebrates the cultural vision Jeannette Genius and Hugh McKean cultivated at Rollins College. For more than 30 years, Dr. and Mrs. McKean demonstrated how essential art was to life, seamlessly incorporating fine art into Rollins’ campus. Committed to education and open cultural exchange, they brought diverse exhibitions to Winter Park to be displayed at the Morse Gallery of Art, established with the support of the college in 1942 on the current site of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Ten years after its foundation, the Morse Gallery of Art had already brought more than fifty exhibitions to campus. The McKean Legacy at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is planned in conjunction with the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida.


ex3John Hitchcock: Ghosts of Brutality (January 4-April 13, 2014) is an installation by artist John Hitchcock. Hitchcock uses familiar images of U.S. military weaponry such as tanks and helicopters set against unfamiliar mythological and hybrid creatures that reference buffalo, wolf, and deer from the Wichita Mountains in western Oklahoma to explore notions of assimilation and control. Inspired by the long history of social and political commentary within the discipline of printmaking, Hitchcock frequently uses the medium to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. Beyond printmaking as it is traditionally conceived, Ghosts of Brutality includes a multimedia installation of printed matter and video that reference the trauma of war and fragility of life.


ex4Glimpses into the Golden Age (January 4-May 11, 2014) is curated by Mandy McRae ’15, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s 2013-2014 Fred W. Hicks III Fellow. The exhibition showcases works from the permanent collection of CFAM that illustrate the social, political, and religious changes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. Coinciding strategically with a presentation of Old Master paintings on view at the Orlando Museum of Art-Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting from the Collection of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky-the show features works by some of the same artists.


For more information about the exhibitions and supplemental programming, please go to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s website at



The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. Our encyclopedic collection totals over 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary, including rare Old Master paintings and a comprehensive collection of prints, drawings and photographs. Located on the campus of Rollins College near downtown Winter Park, the Cornell’s public hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Bessemer Trust. For additional information, please call 407.646.2526 or visit



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