Cornell University

During the spring semester, in-person concerts, events and lectures that involve outside guests will not be held, per the university’s COVID-19 travel and visitor policy.

This is a past event. Its details are archived for historical purposes.

The contact information may no longer be valid.

Please visit our current events listings to look for similar events by title, location, or venue.

Past Time: Geology in European and American Art

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

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.

Google Calendar iCal Outlook
Event Type



Johnson Museum of Art


Contact Phone


Disability Access Information