Gordon Sander ’72 views CU then and now in photo exhibit

May 13, 2008

Capturing Cornell moments, from the silly to the sublime, over the past 40 years is the focus of "The Cornell Zone: 1968-2008," a photography exhibition by Gordon F. Sander '72, which opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 16, in Cornell's Sibley Dome.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Fine Arts Library, features more than 70 iconic images of Cornell then and now and commemorates Sander's 40-year relationship with the university and the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP). The library is one of five sites for the exhibition, which runs through Sept. 15 and will extend off-campus to concurrent installations at four Collegetown buildings owned by real estate developer Nick Lambrou, at 320 Dryden Road and 301, 305 and 414 Eddy St.  

The photographs range from the wacky -- a recent AAP graduate posing with a gorilla's head -- to the romantic -- a couple sharing a quiet moment on Libe Slope in 1968, juxtaposed with a couple in the same setting 40 years later -- and the sublime, with fall foliage and its perfect mirror image on Beebe Lake, which could have been taken then or now. "Which is sort of the point of the exhibit, if it has a point," Sander said.  

Sander studied architecture and history at Cornell between 1968 and 1973 and returned to campus as artist-in-residence at Risley Residential College for the Arts from 2002 to 2004. His first formal exhibition was in 1972 in Willard Straight Hall. His work can be seen in several places on campus, including the dining hall in Risley, and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art also recently acquired one of his photographs. He lives in Ithaca and New York City and works out of the Fine Arts Library, where he continues to mentor students from both AAP and Risley.  

Sander also is the author of a Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography of Rod Serling and the recent historical memoir "The Frank Family That Survived," published by Cornell University Press. His photographs have appeared in The New York Times and other publications, often with his articles on travel and culture. His work has also been exhibited in Helsinki, London and New York City. He is listed among 33 distinguished Cornell alumni in media and journalism on Wikipedia.  

For more information about the exhibition, contact Martha Walker, fine arts librarian, at 607.255.6719 or maw6@cornell.edu or Sander at gorsander@aol.com.

By Dan Aloi

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