Art@BTI: Juxtaposition of Light and Texture by Nancy V. Ridenour
Mar 8 – Mar 9 all-day

On display through March 2018 at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI)

The photography showcased as part of Art@BTI covers a wide range of approaches to floral and abstract photography, including digital montages, natural settings, and staged macrophotography.

Nancy V. Ridenour’s photo montages exhibit an overall sense of tranquility and compositional foresight. She emphasizes the beauty and diversity in both architectural and botanic subjects.

Through the juxtaposition of light and texture devoid of physical context, Ridenour urges viewers to reorient themselves, to grasp the possibility in the work, and ultimately attain serenity and a deep sense of pleasure in her subjects.

Many of the floral photographs featured in the exhibit were taken in Nancy’s personal gardens and ponds. Additional subjects include cement sculptures found in the Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Arboretum.

The exhibit is available for viewing during normal business hours and is free and open to the public. BTI will also host a special reception in March 2018, where guests will be able to meet with Nancy and learn more about her work.

About Nancy V. Ridenour: Nancy spent her youth in Schenectady, NY, surrounded by a large family involved in the florist business. Flowers and gardens were central to those years, which led to a major in biology while at Cornell University. The natural science thread has been strong throughout her career as a biology teacher at Ithaca High School, in her personal life of gardening and flower arranging, and now her focus in retirement on digital artistic photography.

To learn more about Nancy’s work, visit her studio website (Lotus Studios) or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

CAU travel program: Belgium—A Feast of Flemish Art and Culture, with Stephanie Wiles
Mar 8 – Mar 9 all-day

Tiny Belgium has produced an astounding wealth of art, from fifteenth-century panel paintings by Hans Memling and sixteenth-century genre scenes by Pieter Bruegel the Elder to powerhouse works by the Flemish Baroque master Rubens. Join us as we visit the Rubens House in Antwerp; Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, home to Jan and Hubert Van Eyck’s 1432 Ghent Altarpiece; Bruges’ Groeningemuseum, the collections of which comprise six centuries of Flemish and Belgian art; and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, where we’ll view remarkable collections of old masters, fin-de-siècle art, Magritte, and a great new attraction: Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces.

We will immerse ourselves in all of these treasures in the company of our faculty leader, Stephanie Wiles, director of Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. An expert on prints, drawings, and paintings and deeply knowledgeable about the old masters, Stephanie will intensify our appreciation of the art we see in museums, churches, and cathedrals and will share our pleasure in the architectural and cultural heritage of Belgium—up to and including its waffles, chocolate, and beer.

This program is part of Cornell Adult University’s (CAU), which offers acclaimed education vacations designed and led by Cornell faculty. Programs include off-campus travel adventures and week-long on-campus summer courses open to all, including Cornell alumni, families, and friends.

For more information and to register, visit, e-mail, or call 607.255.6260.

Enchanted Asia
Mar 8 – Mar 9 all-day

Do you have a lucky charm? Before embarking on a course of action do you say a special mantra, check your astrological chart or perform a small ritual? If so, you are one of millions over thousands of years in a quest to ensure good fortune and protect against evil forces. The Enchanted Asia exhibit explores sorcery and witchcraft, charms, chants, rituals and magic in Asia that have been used for protection and to bring good luck, or alternatively, to cause harm to others.

David MacMillan – Princeton University – Chemistry Colloquium – Title TBD
Mar 8 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Peasant Agriculture and the Roman Economy
Mar 8 @ 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Kim Bowes is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania and an archaeologist, specializing in the archaeology of late antique religions, domestic architecture, and Roman economics. She received her doctorate from Princeton University, held a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University and assistant professorships at Fordham University and Cornell University. Author of four books and numerous articles, she has just completed major field project on Roman poverty in Tuscany, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Kim was the 22nd director of the American Academy in Rome.

Image: Studio InkLink, Florence.

Amanda Williams and Andrea Simitch: The Making of Practice @ Stepped Auditorium
Mar 8 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Finding a job or internship is one thing, building your practice is another.

Learn the difference and hear how it’s done as Associate Professor and Department of Architecture Chair Andrea Simitch speaks with Amanda Williams (B.Arch. ’97), visiting critic at AAP for spring 2018.

Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect at AAP. Williams’s practice blurs the distinction between art and architecture. Her projects use color as a lens to highlight the complexities of the politics of race, place, and value in cities. She is best known for her series, Color(ed) Theory, in which she painted the exterior of soon-to-be-demolished houses on the south side of Chicago using a culturally charged color palette to mark the pervasiveness of vacancy and blight in black urban communities. The landscapes in which she operates are the visual residue of the invisible policies and forces that have misshaped most inner cities.

Williams is an Efroymson Family Contemporary Arts Fellow, a 3Arts awardee, recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Arts Foundation Design/Build commission in collaboration with Andres L. Hernandez, part of the ensemble selected to represent the U.S. in the upcoming 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture, a member of the multidisciplinary exhibition design team for the Obama Presidential Center, and a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. She has current exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Arts Club of Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Williams recently served as a visiting assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis. She lives and works on Chicago’s south side.

Part of the AAP Connect Professional Development Series.

What is my job? Hiring, training and evaluating employees effectively
Mar 8 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Everyone wants to have employees who know what needs to be done without being told. But getting your employees to this point is the hard part. We will help you develop a process to move your employees to this point more quickly. You will develop clear job descriptions, learn techniques in hiring, and training new staff and using just in time feedback and performance appraisal to both correct problems and motivate your staff.

This is part of a four-workshop series on improving agriculture labor management:

March 1: Marketing Your Farm As a Great Place to Work

March 8: What is my job? Hiring, training and evaluating employees effectively

March 15: Keeping good staff when money is tight & managing conflict in the workplace

March 22: The compliance and safety workshop. Are you managing your risks as an employer?

Doug Hall: In Silence
Mar 9 @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This exhibition brings together excerpts from four different bodies of Doug Hall’s work spanning more than 20 years and exploring the theme of archives through their quintessential medium — photography. The earliest work is from The Archive Project (1995–96), created while Hall was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. These photographs of ancient archives in Naples and Rome reveal a humanist need to order that is being replaced and made widely available through the internet, furthering a process of democratization Hall characterizes as “devour[ing] epistemological palpability, its aura as well as its vain will to order.”

Remembrance of Things Past (Marcel Proust) and Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Ludwig Wittgenstein), both from 2001, are portraits of books that, for Hall, act as palimpsests of inquiry and thought just as if these worn pages had absorbed the act of having been read by generations of readers and thinkers. Bill Reading at Home and Diane Reading in Her Studio (both 2014) are attempts to create portraiture with less of — if impossible to be without — a self-conscious awareness of the camera. Hall writes, “I wanted to see if I could capture people looking inward; private and absorbed, arrested in their own thoughts, seemingly uninterested in the camera or the world beyond the boundaries of their own imaginations.”

The most recent work, In Silence, is from Letters in the Dark (2016), an installation of photographs and video about an epistolary affair between Franz Kafka and Milena Jesenská. The lone book with its empty pages echoes the restraint and command in the photographs of the archives, which refuse to comply with a decorative intent as the shelves containing the wrapped receipts and manuscripts function more like strata than display. For Hall, “[these] photographs radiate a quiet interiority by referencing those places where we read, wonder, think, and which ultimately lead us to zones deep within ourselves where the exterior world falls away, and silence prevails.”

Doug Hall has worked for more than 40 years in a wide range of media, including performance, installation, video, and large format photography. In the 1970s he became prominent for his collaborative work with the media art collective T. R. Uthco, which led to, among many other works, the 1976 video and installation titled The Eternal Frame (in collaboration with Ant Farm), a reenactment of the Kennedy assassination that was filmed in Dealey Plaza, Dallas. Public collections include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Contemporary Art Museum, Chicago; the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, California; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Vienna; the San Jose Museum of Art, California; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Fulbright Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Hall is the coeditor (with Sally Jo Fifer) of Illuminating Video (Aperture Books, 1991). Hall is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York City and Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco. He is professor emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute.

This exhibition was curated by Maria Park, associate professor in the Department of Art and director of AAP Exhibitions.

Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall
Thursday, February 8
5:30 p.m.

Fight To the Beginning: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in New York
Mar 9 @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mann Library’s exhibit: Fight To the Beginning: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in New York is about the struggle to enact woman suffrage in the Empire State and the United States at large. Five cases highlight the kinds of resistance that suffragists encountered en route to the legislative victories in 1917 and 1920, introducing major figures and events to present highlights of the movement, the opposition it engendered, and how it was overcome. The story of women’s suffrage in New York State offers lessons that continue to resound: While the arc of history may bend toward justice, it has taken active pursuit to achieve progress.

Please join us on Thursday, November 9, 4pm in Mann Room 160 for a special presentation by former Cornell University Archivist Elaine Engst and Tompkins County historian Carol Kammen: “Centennial Celebration–The Story of Suffrage in New York.”

Go Figure: The Fashion Silhouette & the Female Form
Mar 9 @ 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Curated by Rachel Doran (’19), “Go Figure: The Fashion Silhouette & the Female Form” explores perceptions and representations of Euro-American beauty ideals across the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Through outerwear and undergarments, this historical costume exhibition shows how women’s bodies have been manipulated and shaped to fit fashionable silhouettes at different moments in time. From corsetry and girdles to diet and exercise, shaping the human body is critical to fashion change and illustrates the fluctuating and dynamic nature of socio-cultural conceptions of “beauty.” Funded by the Charlotte Jirousek Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection and located on Level T of the Human Ecology Building.

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