Art@BTI: Juxtaposition of Light and Texture by Nancy V. Ridenour
Mar 6 – Mar 7 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 6 – Mar 7 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.

Farm Business Planning
Mar 6 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will again be conducting the 5thannual Farm Business Planning Course beginning in January 2018. This 9-session course is specifically for people in the early to mid stages of developing an agricultural business. Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating a few years and want to become more strategic in how you move forward, this course will help you expand and increase viability and social impacts. The course is taught by a team of farmer educators, social justice activists, and farm business instructors. Course participants are able to take advantage of one-to-one guidance and support from any course instructors during the course to support individual business goals or learning needs.

Please note; if English language fluency is a barrier to taking this course, interpretation, translation and English as a New Language tutors are available for individualized guidance.

Throughout the course, by way of presentations, activities and farmer panels, students will learn core pieces of planning for a farm business: setting appropriate goals, matching production to market strategy, and assessing feasibility. The course will also cover basic financial and accounting concepts, the legalities of farming, and sources of financing. Woven into the course are topics of equity and justice in the food system, including examples of realistic ways to approach these within the scope of your business model. A brief overview of services available from regional farm development providers will also be shared in the course including Alternatives Federal Credit Union small business program, Farm Credit East loan options, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services and Farm Service Agency programs.

Students consistently report that the greatest part of the course is the opportunity to work with farmers and course instructors to outline goals, develop strategies for achieving these goals and get feedback on business plans.

In order to successfully complete this class, we suggest that students have at least one year of hands-on production experience, a clear business concept in progress, enough time to fully commit to an intensive 9-week course requiring outside research and homework. It is not a requirement that students own land or have the financial resources to buy land: this course will explore opportunities to lease land for farming in the Tompkins County area, and to find farm financing and loans.

About the Instructors:

Leslie Ackerman (Business Consultant), Monika Roth (Ag Program Leader, CCE), Matt LeRoux (Ag Marketing Specialist, CCE), Amanda David (Rootwork Herbals), Alan Gandelman (Main Street Farms), Erica Frenay (Cornell Small Farms, Shelterbelt Farm), Krystal Zwiesineyi Chindori-Chininga (Holistic Management Teacher and Development Sociology MA student), Rafael Aponte (Youth Farm Project Director, Rocky Acres Farm) and Kate Cardona (Groundswell Equity and Outreach Coordinator).

If you have questions about the course please contact or call 607-319-5095.


Step 1: Fill out the written application here or in our office.

Step 2: After submitting a written application, fill out the registration form and submit $50 deposit

Doug Hall: In Silence
Mar 7 @ 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 7 @ 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 7 @ 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.

William Lim: The Architect and His Collection
Mar 7 @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

William Lim (B.Arch. ’81, M.Arch. ’82) is founder and managing director of CL3 Architects, an architecture and interior design firm renowned for its conceptually clear and materially sensuous design ethos. Lim’s work includes a number of acclaimed experimental constructions that hover between art and architecture, such as Ladders (2006), a monumental installation made of neon-lit, hand-tied bamboo ladders spanning two latticed walls presented at the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture; Lantern Wonderland (2011), a 37-meter-long bamboo fish crafted from thousands of traditional Chinese lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival in Victoria Park, Hong Kong; and Bamboo Curtain (2013), a wind chime exhibited outdoors at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

More than a decade ago, Lim began collecting art, with a focus on works by Hong Kong artists. Guided by his architectural training and artistic sensibilities, he followed a strategy of working directly with emerging artists, many of whom have since risen to international prominence. Lim’s collection, housed in a warehouse in the Wong Chuk Hang district of Hong Kong, was opened to the public in 2015 during Art Basel Hong Kong, and has since become a major destination for contemporary Asian art.

This exhibition brings together selections of William Lim’s architectural work and his art collection. The architectural work includes drawings and models done while Lim was a student in the Department of Architecture, as well as several of his installation projects. The selected artists include Au Hoi Lam, Chloe Cheuk, Kwan Sheung Chi, Lee Kit, Map Office, Pak Cheung Shuen Tozer, Samson Young, Trevor Yeung, and Tsang Kin Wah. The juxtapositions made in this exhibition demonstrate the reciprocity between Lim’s practice and collecting. As Lim has noted, “Design and art are very closely related — the way that I collect and the way that I look at art inform the way that I design.”

Many of the artworks on display explore art as a gesture or system of dealing with loss, displacement, the unaccountable, the ephemeral, and, while doing so, function like letters addressed to the viewer. For example, Lee Kit’s 1st of July (2004) is a hand-painted plaid cloth held with friends during the annual July 1 protests in Hong Kong. In its relatively mute state in contrast to political banners and signage, this piece poignantly expresses the refusal to simplify one’s own conflicted position within political agendas and pronouncements. Au Hoi Lam’s There was a Father (2013), which is from a series of work made in response to her father’s illness and death, comes across as a meditational prayer while Tsang Kin Wah’s Every Word is a Prejudice (2012) places text on the surface of aluminum, floating the words somewhere between writer and reader.

CL3 Architects is based in Hong Kong with regional offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Currently, Lim is preparing for the launch of H Queen’s, a 24-story tower in Central Hong Kong that he’s designed specifically to house art galleries. He is cochairman of Para/Site Art Space, and a member of the board of the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, Asia Society’s Gallery Advisory Committee, as well as the Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee of London’s Tate Modern.

This exhibition was cocurated by William Lim and Maria Park.

Artist Talk
John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome
Wednesday, February 7
5 p.m.

The World Bewitch’d: Visions of Witchcraft from the Cornell Collections
Mar 7 @ 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.

Economics: Coffee & Conversation
Mar 7 @ 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.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Undergraduate Students
Mar 7 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program supports college graduates conducting research or teaching in any field in more than 150 countries. Applications are due in the fall; students who wish to begin the program immediately after graduation are encouraged to start the process in their junior year.

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