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We’re sharing featured artist talks and highlights of our recent acquisitions, made possible by the generosity of many Cornellians!
In honor of the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, the Johnson’s contemporary art displays focused on art by women, and a special exhibition inspired by the women’s suffrage movement opened in 2020.
A group of prints by one of Mexico’s most important photographers, Lola Álvarez Bravo, was newly given to the Johnson by Sandra Berler in honor of David K. Berler’s 65th Reunion. Explore the Johnson’s online database, including another work by Bravo.
On Fire (1969/2012) is a seminal work by Judy Chicago (watch the artist discuss it). The editioned portfolio of prints and films was newly acquired for the Johnson’s collection through the Class of 1970 Contemporary Art Fund.
LaToya Ruby Frazier created a suite of four cyanotypes, If Everybody’s Work Is Equally Important? (II) (2017), where she re-creates figures from steel-industry films of the mid-20th century. Watch the artist discuss it and see all four cyanotypes on the Museum’s website.
Blanche Lazzell’s name is synonymous with the art of white-line color woodcut, a technique developed in Provincetown in the early 20th century. The Seine Boat (1927) was newly acquired for the Museum’s collection through a fund established by Evalyn Milman ’60 and Stephen Milman ’58, MBA ’59. Read more about Lazzell’s work on the Johnson’s website.
Stephanie Syjuco was born in the Philippines and works in Oakland, California. Her Applicant Photos (Migrants) (2016) were acquired for the collection after being on view in the Johnson’s fall exhibition, how the light gets in, which brought together artworks that engage with themes of migration and immigration.