Works by associate professor of art Roberto Bertoia were featured in two recent exhibits. Oracle in a Garden, a tall outdoor piece, was included in the Art Encounters Preservation Exhibition at the Wentworth–Coolidge State Historic Site in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from July to October; and two pieces, Passage #1 and Passage #2, were included in the 63rd Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, which ran from July to September.
Renate Ferro’s video and sound piece, No Justice, No Peace, Solidarity with the Middle East, was featured in the spring exhibition Brief Histories, held at the United Arab Emirates at Sharjah University City, in Al Bayronuni, Sharjah. The group exhibition, curated by Isak Berbic and Fawz Kabra, assembled works of contemporaneity with the unfolding events in the Middle East and the larger global politics of winter and spring 2011. The background for Ferro’s video is a digital image of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; throughout the video, shoes are hailed at the digital image while the viewer can hear audio clips of Wisconsin demonstrators and others deploring the actions of the governor’s recent labor bill and consequent vote.
The work of Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Carl Ostendarp, art, is the subject of a recently published book titled Carl Ostendarp: the. The book is the 14th in the series Grafisch Sammlung/Museum Ludwig, and is a catalog of works on paper created by Ostendarp and owned by the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany. Ostendarp also held a solo exhibition, titled Carl Ostendarp, at Galerie Schmidt Maczollek in Cologne in November, and participated in the following group shows during the summer and fall: the itsy-bitsy spider exhibition at Galerie Schmidt Maczollek in Cologne, Germany, in July; Interstice and Emphasis: Artists from the Ajira Collection, in Newark, New Jersey, from July to September; The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from the 1960s to Now at the Tate St. Ives in Cornwall, England, from October to January 2012; If We Cannot Free Ourselves, We Can Free Our Vision, at Oqbo, Berlin, in October and November, curated by Rolf Ricke and including work by Richard Artschwager ’44; and the Benefit Exhibition for the Children’s Museum of the Arts at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York City, in November.
Counter Nature, a recently published catalog by Maria Park, assistant professor of art, encompasses three of her recent exhibitions: Counter Nature at Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York; Counter Nature 2 at Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco; and Counter Nature 3 at Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles. The catalog is copublished by these three galleries, and includes an essay by Patricia C. Phillips, former art department chair. Park’s work in these exhibitions explores how the idea and experience of nature are presented and consumed as images. Of the work, Phillips writes, “Park creates succinct, compelling images of constitutive dislocation—representations of a sublimity dynamically reconfigured in the increasingly contested spaces of nature, culture, and technology.”
Four members of the Cornell in Rome faculty presented during the 2011 Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico (Biennial of Public Space) organized by the Italian National Institute of Urban Planning. The Cornell in Rome program cosponsored the event, which took place in May. Gregory Smith, visiting critic for the Department of City and Regional Planning in Rome, codirected a session on the history of public space in Rome, and also led a session on teaching urban studies workshops. Other members of the Cornell in Rome faculty who made presentations at the biennial include Professor Porus Olpadwala, Visiting Critic Jan Gadeyne, and Visiting Critic Lila Yawn.
Professor Emeritus Kay WalkingStick received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, in May. She also received a Lee Krasner Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, which includes a three-year monetary award.