Art@BTI: Juxtaposition of Light and Texture by Nancy V. Ridenour
Mar 27 – Mar 28 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.

Enchanted Asia
Mar 27 – Mar 28 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.

FLCBC Field Trip
Mar 27 – Mar 28 all-day

The craft beverage industry in New York State is booming. There are several reasons for the growth in this industry including an interest in locally produced foods and beverages, an increased interest in craft beverages and an improved legal climate for craft beverage businesses in New York State.
As part of the 2017 Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension will host two field trips on Wednesday, March 29th. People will chose between a Brewery or Cidery field trip. The field trips are open to the public.
This year’s brewery field trip will visit Bottomless Brewing. Bottomless will be brewing a batch of beer while we’re there so participants will have the opportunity to observe and ask questions about the beer-making process.
This year’s cidery field trip will visit Cummins Nursery and RedByrd Orchard Cidery. Cummins Nursery is a small, family-run nursery based in Ithaca that has a wide variety of fruit trees available. They have a large number of cider apple varieties available. At RedByrd Orchard Cidery, we’ll meet with the cidermaker Eric Shatt, who also manages the Cornell Orchards, and see the cider production area. Weather permitting, we’ll also get a tour of the orchard.
Participants will meet at the Waterloo Holiday Inn, in Waterloo at 8:00am for a light continental breakfast and will leave for the field trips at 8:30. Field trips will end at about 12:00.
Space is limited for the field trips, so register early. Registration for a field trip costs $30 and includes a continental breakfast.
If you have questions, call 315-539-9251 or email Derek Simmonds,

Fight To the Beginning: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in New York
Mar 28 @ 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.”

Nicolás Robbio: Estudios de Tensión
Mar 28 @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The symbolic world created by Nicolás Robbio is made up of diagrams, technical drawings, and architectural elements. Isolated, juxtaposed, or reassembled, these elements suggest different forms of the perception and reading of representational systems. This exhibition presents a site-specific installation by Robbio from his Estudios de Tensión [Stress Studies] series. This series, which began in 2010, shifts the verticality in the force of gravity into a horizontal one employing an intricate system of continuous leads, points, and plumbs. The shift plays with our awareness of this force as it fluctuates between the weight of the carefully balanced objects at multiple points (e.g., a coin, a bone, a stick, a miniature hand, etc.) and the associated memories recalled through the objects. Through this work, Robbio demonstrates the impossibility of separating the concrete from the abstract and the objective from the subjective.

Robbio states, “Do not forget that this force acts not only on our bodies but also on our memory. There is no way to separate the concrete from the abstract, the objective from the subjective. The concrete elements and the memories of them are irremediably connected. Every element exists both in its materiality and in the memory we have of it. In the installation Estudios de Tensión, a coin serves as a support, but at the same time, it contains a memory, a date, a nationality, a history. It is a way of thinking about architecture whose compositional elements relate not only in the physical, objective, and concrete world but also with the invisible and subjective world of the memory. How many forces we do not see determine our most simple daily routines?”

Nicolás Robbio was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1975, and graduated from the Escuela Superior de Artes Visuales Martin A. Malharro in 1999. He has split his time between São Paulo, Recife, and Buenos Aires since 2001. In 2015, he was awarded the Fifth Edition of Prêmio Marcantonio Vilaça CNI SESI SENAI, and in 2006, the Rumos prize for contemporary visual art. Solo exhibitions include La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2017); Sesc Pompéia, São Paulo (2016); Museu da Cidade, Lisbon (2015); Galerie Invaliden, Berlin (2013); Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo (2010); and Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2009). His work has been shown in several important group exhibitions including Metrópole: experiência paulista, Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo (2017); Fourth Trienal Poligráfica de San Juan, San Juan (2015); Imagine Brazil, MAC Lyon, Lyon (2014); El Arte Contemporaneo de la X Bienal Monterrey FEMSA, Mexico City (2013); When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2012); Para ser Construidos, Museu de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon (2010); and 28th Bienal de São Paulo, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo (2008). Working individually and in collaboration with other artists, Robbio’s practice extends to the production of artists books and editions, with commissions for the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo; and a book for Trienal Poli/Gráfica in San Juan.

The World Bewitch’d: Visions of Witchcraft from the Cornell Collections
Mar 28 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The exhibition “The World Bewitch’d” explores the origins and spread of the belief in witchcraft across Europe. It features rare and unique books and documents—from 15th-century witch hunting manuals to 20th-century movie posters—and it examines themes such as gendered stereotypes, belief in night flying, shapeshifting, demonic pacts, and the witch epidemics that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands. “The World Bewitch’d” offers a rare glimpse of the treasures of the Cornell Witchcraft Collection, established by Cornell University’s first president, Andrew Dickson White, and now the largest in North America with more than 3,000 items.

The exhibition is on view from October 31, 2017 to August 31, 2018, in the Hirshland Exhibition Gallery in Carl A. Kroch Library, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click on “see more dates” at the top for more information, or check the library hours website for updates and Saturday hours:

This exhibition is funded through the generous support of the Stephen E. ’58 MBA ’59 and Evalyn Edwards ’60 Milman Exhibition Fund.

New York State Veterans Office Hours (Every Wednesday)
Mar 28 @ 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

John Canestaro, from the New York State Veterans Office, is here to help military veterans at Cornell and in the Tompkins County community with their state and federal benefits. He will be on campus every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 127a, Humphreys Service Building (Door 5), 639 Dryden Road, Ithaca.

Visitor parking permits are available at the Customer Service Center (Door 2) and there is accessible parking. Humphreys is within a 20-minute walk from central campus and on multiple TCAT bus routes (see interactive map). Appointments can be made by calling 607-255-8719 or emailing

Canestaro will provide the following services to the campus and local veteran community:

Assist, counsel, and advocate for veterans, members of the armed services and their families and survivors regarding federal and state veterans’ benefits;Assist in the preparation and processing of claims;Help veterans obtain veterans’ educational benefits. The return of the NYS Veterans Office to campus supports the mission of the university’s Veterans Colleague Network Group to raise the awareness of veteran issues at Cornell; provide a forum for veterans who served during combat or peacetime – and their supporters – to discuss topics of mutual interest and concern; and support the university’s recruitment and retention of veterans.

Economics: Coffee & Conversation
Mar 28 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

During the academic year, the very popular Coffee and Conversation program is held each Wednesday from 10:00am-2:00pm in the lounge. Enjoy free coffee, tea, and snacks while getting to know some other Economics majors!

If your economics related program, class, or organization would like to host a Coffee and Conversation contact Sarah Schupp, Undergraduate Experience Coordinator at This is a popular time for students to enjoy the lounge, work on an assignment, and socialize with faculty.

About The Undergraduate Economics Lounge

The Undergraduate Economics Lounge is a small, relaxed atmosphere workspace for undergraduate students. The lounge is often used by students to have group meetings, get some work done, or hang out in between classes.

This facility is equipped with comfortable chairs, a large whiteboard, and work tables for students to complete assignments. Various economics journals, office supplies, and a copy of The New York Times are also available daily. Information about the major, upcoming events, and economics opportunities are posted within the lounge.

Industrial Organization Workshop: Chris Sullivan
Mar 28 @ 11:40 AM – 1:10 PM

Chris Sullivan – University of Wisconsin

Learning Reading Group
Mar 28 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Join weekly discussions about teaching and education research. Each week the group will explore an article or book chapter. Open to faculty, staff and grad students. Feel free to join in any time during the semester.

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