Rollins College - Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Rollins College - Cornell Fine Arts Museum

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Cornell Fine Arts Museum March–December 2017 EXHIBITIONS


Visit the ongoing Conversations installation to see treasures from the permanent collection, recent gifts, and select loans. Located in the Clive Gallery, connections created in disparate cultures and time periods aim to inspire dialogues and to establish new and dynamic relationships between important works in our permanent collection.



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A significant part of the museum’s Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art is on view at the Alfond Inn at Rollins, a philanthropic boutique hotel located just a couple of blocks from campus and whose proceedsfund student scholarships. A collection with a point of view and a lesson not only in the art of our times, but also in social history, civic mindedness, international affairs, and philanthropy, among others, the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art can be seen on all floors at the Inn are open to public viewing at all times.  While bits and pieces are rotated out throughout the year, a major change in the installation occurs each summer in July.


Reframing the Picture, Reclaiming the Past through April 4, 2017

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Curated by Rollins College Art History Professor Susan H. Libby, Ph.D. and her students, this exhibition of modern and contemporary art depicts the black body as part of an ongoing conversation in which the contemporary works “talk back”, so to speak, with the historic works presented in The Black Figure in the European Imaginary.


Afrofantastic: Black Imagination and Agency in the American Experience through April 4, 2017

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Curated by Rollins students under the direction of Julian Chambliss, Ph.D., AfroFantastic analyzes the complex sociopolitical forces linked to the black imagination in the American experience from the nineteenth century to present day.


The Black Figure in the European Imaginary through May 14, 2017

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Curated by Adrienne L. Childs, Ph.D., Associate of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University and Susan H. Libby, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Rollins College.  This exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the museum and D. Giles Ltd, available for purchase in the museum gift shop.


This exhibition considers the manner in which the visual arts of Europe imagined black people during the long nineteenth century (ca. 1750-1914). As part of an expanding cultural fascination with Africa and the “Orient,” images of blacks proliferated in various media and different contexts across the European continent, prompted by contact through colonialism, imperialism, and slavery. Yet, as well-intentioned as many of these images surely were, they function in a complex matrix of racialized ideologies.  Even when based on direct observation and technically realistic, this imagery often reveals undercurrents of objectification, a celebration of servitude, a fetishization of black sexuality, and hierarchical attitudes about race and culture that satisfied European imaginings about exoticism, beauty, sexuality, and racial difference.  It is precisely the multifaceted, nuanced, and often vexed relationship between European artists and the black figure that The Black Figure in the European Imaginary seeks to examine.


mortar: Senior Student Exhibition April 15 –May 14, 2017

Featuring works from graduating Rollins College studio art majors Claire Block, Lis Carter, Jose Gonzalez, Elise Hickman, Abbey Toshie, and Lisa Worely.


Sea and Sky: Watercolors and Drawings by Paul Signac from the Arkansas Arts Center Collection May 25–September 10, 2017

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Paul Signac, (French, 1863–1935), Saint-Tropez, voilier a l'ancre au soleil couchant, c.1893, Watercolor on paper,  6 3/16 x 7 3/4 in., Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of James T. Dyke. 1999.065.005

The scintillating watercolors and drawings of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French artist Paul Signac are the focus of this exhibition of brilliantly hued views of harbors and gardens, historic towns, and Paris streets. These works come from America’s finest collection of Signac’s graphic art, one hundred and thirty-three works that were assembled by Arkansan industrialist James T. Dyke and presented to the Arkansas Arts Center in 1999.While Paul Signac is famous for his oil paintings, he was equally a master of art on paper, which is the focus of this exhibition. From an early date he made black and white drawings, often in conté crayon, to compose art works and to study details of his subject matter. By 1895 all of Signac’s studies from life were made in watercolor rather than with cumbersome oil paints on canvas. In addition to studies made outdoors, Signac also completed watercolors in his studio. Sketches and formally finished works, seascapes and still-lifes, show Signac’s genius for art on paper.

This exhibition is organized by the Arkansas Art Center.


Patrick Martinez: American Memorial May 25–September 10, 2017

The act of mourning offers an opportunity to express pain and to demonstrate respect. In public, mourning can function as a political protest, a defiant act, and ultimately an expression of love. Memorials exist as material manifestations of grief. In Martinez’s work, memorials take myriad forms.

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Hip Hop culture and graffiti served as early influences for the artist. He remains in tune with popular culture, and is deeply concerned with current events. With his neons, the artist reimagines texts that reflect hard realities, truths, and embody struggle and fear. His neon Then They Came for Me, a recent addition to the Museum’s collection, haunts as historic refrain and as a reminder of the fragility of personal safety and of a just society. These words become amplified and reverberate in our collective consciousness. In other recent works, Martinez, inspired by Pee Chee school folders and rendered in both paint and print, creates sensitive portrayals of people who too often are depicted without respect and dignity. Most specifically, the artist presents people of color who are victims of excessive force and police brutality. His early success as an illustrator and designer for record labels enables his multilayered subversion of the Pee Chee series. A number of paintings in the show pay tribute to floral memorials. The ubiquitous use of flowers to commemorate loss or in some cases, the intervention of flowers in daily life that inspire a mediation on the meaning of beauty emanate from these works.

Born in 1980, Martinez lives and works in Los Angeles, California. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo exhibition at a museum.




Time as Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science September 29–December 31, 2017

Wonder. It is the experience of awe and inspiration; and also the action of questioning and seeking. Wonder – as experience and action – is cultivated mutually through science and art, and contemporary practices in both fields are more kindred than ever. In fact, their synergies have led in recent years to more overt cross-references and also fruitful and inventive collaborations between artists and scientists. The source of inspiration for this particular exhibition is a selection of artists who desire to understand, question and describe the subject of time: as scientific fact, as relative experience, as aesthetic archive.

The topic is timely as ongoing discussions of STEAM curriculum reverberate in our schools. The preciousness of time is also amplified by growing concerns about the environment and global mortality from a macro perspective to a micro vantage point as individuals struggle to make sense of a faster-paced, connected world where everything runs on the 24-hour news cycle.

The working checklist includes artists Darren Almond, Rosa Barba, Tacita Dean, Noah Doely, Tom LaDuke, Trevor Paglen, Tomás Saraceno, and Sara VanDerBeek.

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For her powerful work The Color Out of Space (2015), Berlin-based Rosa Barba engaged in a yearlong collaboration with scientists at the Hirsch Observatory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The resulting installation with its film and sculptural components is a meditation on scientific inquiry and an interrogation of geologic time in human terms.

The Last Pictures, a project conceived by artist Trevor Paglen, documented our human moment and made it durable beyond conceivable time. The artist selected 100 images to express contemporary human existence and crafted, with the aid of scientists, a super-archival gold-plated disc constructed to last billions of years. This artifact was sent into synchronous orbit on the surface of the communications satellite EchoStar XVI in the fall of 2012. The Last Pictures project required years of investigation, collaboration and cross-disciplinary inquiry. Time as Landscape will include a photograph that documents the EchoStar in orbit.

Time as Landscape, provides a framework for interdisciplinary engagement with the broader Rollins community. It will leverage the Museum’s contemporary collection, as well as our capsule collection of watch keys, which will be positioned in a new context to inspire discussion around these historic objects and their relationship to the contemporary. The exhibition will include major loans, and a small catalogue will be published as well.



Happy Hour Tours

First Wednesdays | 5:30 pm The Alfond Inn, Winter Park

-        April 5

-        May 3

-        June 7

-        July 5

-        August 2

-        September 6

-        October 4

-        November 1

-        December 6


Throwback Thursday Tours

3rd Thursday of the month |12:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted**) Cornell Fine Arts Museum

-        April 20

-        May 25 **

-        June 15

-        July 20

-        August 17

-        No tour in September **

-        October 19

-        November 16

-        December 21


Museum Tours

Saturdays | 1 pm

-        No tour May 20

-        No tour September 16

-        No tour September 23


Alfond Inn Tours

 Sundays | 1 pm                                                                                                                                                                                   



Friday, April 21, 2017 | 5:30–7:30 pm Senior Studio Art Exhibition Celebration Open to the public

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 11 am

Lecture, Unwinding the History of a Timeless Accessory: The Art of the Watch Key

Elizabeth Coulter

Dale Montgomery Fellow

Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 3pm

Exhibition tour, The Black Figure in the European Imaginary

Susan H. Libby, Ph.D.

Professor of Art History, Rollins College

Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 1–5 pm

CFAMily Day

May 15–24, 2017


Wednesday, May 24 | 5:30–7:30 pm Summer Season Preview

Members and Invited Guests

Friday, May 26 | 11 am

Exhibition Tour, Patrick Martinez: American Memorial

Amy Galpin, Ph.D.

Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 1–5 pm

CFAMily Day

Friday, June 24 | 11 am Lecture, Connecting the Pigments: Using science to interpret works by Chagall, Reubens and more

Amanda J. Norbutus, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Rollins College

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 1–5 pm

CFAMily Day

Friday, July 28 | 11 am Exhibition Tour, Paul Signac Elizabeth Coulter

Dale Montgomery Fellow, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 1–5 pm

CFAMily Day

Friday, August 25 | 11 am

Exhibition Tour, Patrick Martinez: American Memorial

Amy Galpin

Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Tuesday, August 29 | 6 pm

Conversation, Themes of Racial Injustice and Student/Youth Rights

Chardo Richardson

President, Central Florida Chapter of the ACLU

Tuesday, September 5 | 6 pm Artist’s Talk

Patrick Martinez

Sunday, September 10 | 3 pm

Last Chance Exhibition Tour, Paul Signac

Elizabeth Coulter

Dale Montgomery Fellow, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

September 11–28, 2017


Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 5:30–7:30 pm Fall Season Preview

Members and Invited Guests

Friday, September 29

Fall exhibitions open to the public


Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1000 Holt Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789-4499


Tuesday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. New!  Later hours on Tuesdays.

Wednesday–Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: noon-5 p.m.

Closed Mondays, major holidays, and during installation periods


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The Alfond Inn at Rollins College 300 East New England Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789

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