The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art has planned an entire evening of reception, performances, and festivities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the museum's opening on campus. The event, on Friday, September 20th, coincides with the beginning of Cornell University's Homecoming weekend.
Architect I. M. Pei meets Herbert F. Johnson at the museum's opening in 1973.Designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei, the Johnson Museum building opened at the northwest corner of Cornell's Arts Quad on May 23rd, 1973, with Pei and benefactor Herbert F. Johnson (of the Johnson Wax Company) in attendance.
Enjoying a spectacular view of Cornell's Arts Quad and West Campus, downtown Ithaca, the Cayuga Lake inlet, the surrounding hills, and the lake itself, the Johnson Museum building has been likened to a giant sewing machine, set back from the south edge of Fall Creek Gorge. Just two years ago, a new wing opened, based on Pei's original intent that the building have an underground wing extending north toward the gorge. The new wing added about 16,000 total square feet to the Museum's previous 61,000 square feet.
Friday's event will begin with a reception throughout the building from 5-7pm. Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company, the Cornell Avant Garde Ensemble, and more will perform from 7-10, and there will be a sixth-floor presentation at 7pm of "Depot/Centralia/Tiber," featuring works filmed by Professor Michael Ashkin accompanied by music recorded by Annie Lewandowski on piano/electronics and Tim Feeney on percussion.
The Museum is rounding out their evening of festivities with a '70s dance party from 10pm to midnight. They encourage attendees to wear their '70s threads.
Parking near the Museum will be limited for the event. Call 607-255-6464 for more information about the event or parking options.