CCA Freedom of Expression Exhibition at Cornell AAP

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Rendering of a large, angular, glowing red orb resting on the ground, with a person observing from the mid-ground, and indiscernible curatorial text on the wall in the background.

image / Eduardo Cilleruelo Terán

Exhibition Overview

During the 2023–24 academic year, Cornell University President Martha Pollack announced "Freedom of Expression" as the first in a series of annual themes designed to orient the university around a crucial component of academia. In the artistic realm, freedom of expression is a central pillar. Similarly, the arts are central to Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) and Cornell AAP, providing the foundation for a natural collaboration in the form of an exhibition showcasing the importance of artistic free expression.

CCA hosted a grant competition in the fall of 2023, requesting artistic proposals that relate to the university's theme year. Out of 47 applications, 15 proposals from students and faculty across the university were selected for funding, and all of them will be on view during this exhibition. Each project focuses on a unique aspect of self-expression in arts and culture by using a variety of mediums. As you tour the works of art, we invite you to consider the practice of free expression and envision a world without it. What might become of creativity? Would authentic art cease to exist?


March 13, 5–7 p.m.: Milstein Hall Dome, Lower Level

Join us for a catered reception to celebrate the artists and tour the galleries.

5:15 p.m.: Opening remarks
5:25 p.m.: Explore the galleries (accessible routes available)


March 4–22: John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Hall

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March 11–22: Bibliowicz Family Gallery, Milstein Hall

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March 24–29: John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Hall

Featuring a durational performance by:

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    About the Organizers

    Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) is a university-wide arts and cultural organization providing a platform for the creation of — and public discourse on — the contemporary arts on campus. Learn more at The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (Cornell AAP) brings critical inquiry, research, design, and imagination to bear on the greatest challenges of our time to build a more just, sustainable, resilient, thriving, and inspired world.

    The Freedom of Expression Exhibition is funded by Cornell Council for the Arts and the Freedom of Expression Theme Year. Learn more at

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