Centuries: Architecture and Art at Cornell University, 1871–Present

Large yellow metal staircases and advertisements within a tree dense space.

"All Nite Seed N Soul" digital collage. image / Olalekan Jeyifous

Architecture at 150 | Art at 100

Visit an exhibition of selected works by the AAP community on view across the college's galleries and exhibition spaces celebrating Architecture's 150th academic year, and 100 years of art education at Cornell.

Curated by Sean Anderson, Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of the B.Arch. Program

A century can be "long," as conceived by scholars of the 18th century, or short, when redefined by curator Okwui Enwezor, yet rarely encompasses the breadth of temporalities, ideas, materials, and forces that signify their structuring. What makes a century unique? Or, in these days of immediacy, is it possible to understand such passages as something more than time itself?

A cross-departmental university exhibition, Centuries brings together works by artists, architects, designers, and practitioners to celebrate the centenary of Cornell University's Department of Art and 150 years of the Department of Architecture this academic year. Thematically organized, the exhibitions not only represent the articulation of contrasting practices and ideas, but also bring to light the ways in which Cornell and AAP have been at the forefront of some of the most important discussions shaping the built environment and artistic practices until today.

While not a comprehensive survey, the exhibition presents overlapping narratives, pivotal assertions, and transformations at many scales. Centuries, located in four dedicated exhibition galleries as well as locations in and around the college, will include works by selected artists and architects shown in dialogue with each other and representing both departments. These will include works by alumni, previous and current faculty members as well as individuals associated with the college. A detailed list of participants will be forthcoming.

Like the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and Cornell University, Centuries shares in radical ways of seeing to imagine possible futures.

To view the full programming of our anniversaries click here.

Additional gallery hours for Cornell's Reunion Weekend

  • Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 12, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Sean Anderson is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Prior to arriving in Ithaca, he was the Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). At MoMA, he organized the exhibitions Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter (2016–17) and Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 195989 (2017–18) and led four iterations of the Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1. He has also been responsible for and collaborated on MoMA's permanent collection galleries including the ongoing Building Citizens and 2019's Surrounds. Co-organized with Mabel O. Wilson, Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, the first exhibition ever at MoMA to highlight the work of African American and African Diasporic architects, artists, and designers, concluded in May 2021. In February 2023, he will organize the second exhibition of architecture at the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh.

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