Cornell University

Past Time: Geology in European and American Art

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

More dates through May 12, 2019

Johnson Museum of Art, Floor 2L wing
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar CollegePast Time is an interdisciplinary examination that merges art with science. Watercolors, drawings, oil sketches, and sketchbooks made by European and American artists from the 1770s to the 1890s reflect the period’s new scientific investigation of the earth’s crust that came to be known as geology. The intrinsic curiosity of the era’s artists drove them to explore these new ideas in a variety of media, while interests in minerals and their applications brought wide-ranging explorations of this modern science of the earth. Artists such as Frederic Edwin Church, William Trost Richards, John Ruskin, J. M. W. Turner, and Asher Brown Durand mindfully investigated the land, taking note of exquisite and even surreal landforms in their work.

A selection of works from the Johnson’s permanent collection will accompany the exhibition and explore how this fascination continued into the twentieth century, especially in America.

This exhibition was organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, where it was on view in 2018. Its presentation at Cornell was coordinated by Nancy E. Green, the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American Art, Prints & Drawings, 1800–1945, at the Johnson, and supported in part by the Helen and Robert J. Appel Exhibition Endowment.

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