Class of 1970 Art Fund at the Johnson Museum

This fund originated in 2000, at the time of our 30th reunion.  It is an "art purchase fund," not an endowment fund.

Thematically, the fund has as its objective the purchase of works of art that relate to important social and political issues, which came to the fore during our college years and have continued to be relevant, challenging, and sometimes controversial in our 20th and 21st century lives.  The Museum believes that these works, which move beyond the western modernist tradition to encompass a more global perspective, enhance its ability to question viewpoints and stimulate creativity.  In this respect, works of art, purchased with monies from The Class of 1970 Fund, complement and embody "the Cornell experience," be it 1970 or the 21st century.

Selection of the works of art with monies from the fund has been the prerogative of the curators at the Johnson Museum.  They stress the Museum’s commitment to the art of our time, as well as historical works, from all cultures, and the use of works of art as learning and research tools for faculty and students in many disciplines and divisions across the campus.

Rice/Tree/Burial Agnes Denes
American, born Hungary, 1931
Rice/Tree/Burial, 1997, printed 2012
Thirty-nine gelatin silver prints
each 8" x 10"
contained within a cloth-bound clamshell box
2¾" x 12½" x 9¾"
Edition 3/3 + 2 A.P.
Gift of the Class of 1970
2015.012 a-oo
  Untitled (Silueta series) Ana Mendieta
American, born Cuba, 1948-1985
Untitled (Silueta series)1980
Lifetime black and white photograph of earth carving executed at Montana de San Felipe, Mexico
53" x 39"
Acquired through the Class of 1970 Fund
Chango Weather Beater Willie Cole
American, born 1955
Chango Weather Beater, 1997-2000
Aluminum, epoxy resin-coated high-density foam, wood, PVC, and stainless steel
118¼" x 34"
Acquired through the Class of 1970 Fund
  Trip Diana Cooper
American, born 1964
Trip, 2006
Mixed media on paper
Acquired through the generosity of the Class of 1970
Wounded Knee Dylan Graham
Dutch, born New Zealand, 1972
Wounded Knee, 2006
Cut paper
Acquired through the David M. Solinger, Class of 1926, Fund, and through the generosity of the Class of 1970
  Check-mate Peggy Preheim
American, born 1963
Check-mate, 2008
22" x 30"
Acquired through the generosity of the Class of 1970, supported by gifts from Beth and Stephen Treadway, Classes of 1970 and 1969, Madeline and Les Stern, Class of 1960, and Mr. and Mrs. L. William Kay, and supplemented by the David M. Solinger, Class of 1926, Fund
Untitled 2008-2011 (the map of the land of feeling), I-III
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Rirkrit Tiravanija
Thai, born Argentina, 1961
Untitled 2008-2011 (the map of the land of feeling), I-III, 2011
Three scrolls: archial inkjet of artist's passport on paper, offset lithography on Japanese paper, artist's diaristic notations, chine collem color screenprint on Strathmore paper; each in a screenprinted tube, ed. 4/40
36" x 334½' (each)
Acquired through the George and Mary Rockwell Fund and the Class of 1970 Fund
2012.011 a-c
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updated on 18 NOV 2015