- Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
name= Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
location= Central & University Avenues, Ithaca,
director= Franklin W. Robinson
website= [http://www.museum.cornell.edu http://www.museum.cornell.edu]
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is an
art museumlocated near the Cornell UniversityArts quad in Ithaca, New York State. It is most well known for its controversial concretefacade, its collection which includes two windows from Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin Houseand more than 30,000 other works.
Its fifth floor observation level houses the museum's extensive Asian collection. Prior to the 1973 opening of this museum, Cornell's art collection was housed in the Andrew D. White House.
The building is named in honor of
Herbert Fisk Johnson, Jr.(Cornell Class of 1922) who headed the S.C. Johnson & Sonsof Racine, Wisconsin("Johnson Wax"), funded the construction of the museum, and served as a Cornell Trustee.
The Johnson Museum of Art was designed by architect
I.M. Peiin 1973. It can be characterized by its top two floors, which cantilever over the open aired sculpture garden. It was designed so that it would not block the view of Cayuga Lake, and offers a panoramic view of the same from its fifth floor. It also houses a room for meetings.
An essay that Pei's firm wrote about the building can be found [http://www.museum.cornell.edu/HFJ/about/design.html here] . It explains some of the challenges raised by the building's location: the top of Libe Slope and at the very end of the "Stone Row" formed by McGraw, Morrill, and White Halls.
One element of the original design, which was never constructed, was an underground Asian art gallery which would have included windows breaching the Southern face of Fall Creek Gorge.
To meet the needs of the expanding collection, Cornell will construct a new wing next to the original building. [ [http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/May07/Johnsonexpansion.html Johnson Museum to expand ] ] The university will break ground in 2008 and the building is projected to be completed by 2010. [Ibid.] The extension will mirror the original plans drawn up by
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. [Ibid.]
The permanent collection consists of more than 30,000 works of art. Most notable is the George and Mary Rockwell Asian Art collection. There are also extensive holdings of American artist, including
Stuart Davisand Robert Rauschenberg, as well as members of the Hudson River Schooland the American Impressionists to contemporary art. The Collection of Prints, Drawings, and Photographsconsists of more than 15,000 works.
* [http://www.museum.cornell.edu/ Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art] , official
* [http://images.library.cornell.edu/index_gh.html Cornell University Image Collections : Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Collection] (with photos from museum).
* [http://www.artcom.com/Museums/nv/gl/14853-b.htm Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art] , "Artcom.com".
* " [http://ithaca.different-day.com/2005/04/08/herbert-f-johnson-museum-of-art/ Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art] ", "Life in Ithaca" blog (
April 8, 2005).
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