Marc Miller and Christine O'Malley: Building a Legacy: The Cassell Family and Cornell

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Albert Irvin Cassell. Courtesy of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University

As Cornell University celebrates its sesquicentennial year of celebrations in 2014–15, many historic events and people from its rich legacy will be discussed. The university's history contains an overwhelming number of individuals whose stories have not yet been fully uncovered or considered, including the Cassell family of architects and builders. Through digitally projected historic photographs and texts, this exhibition seeks to reinsert five family members who attended Cornell during the first half of the 20th century back into the campus environment in order to prompt viewers to contemplate themes of memory, place, recognition, and remembrance. This exhibition consists of a digital projection from the southern windows of the Tjaden Experimental Gallery onto the right side of the northern facade of White Hall during the early evening hours of approximately 6:30–8 p.m. (Monday–Thursday) and a corresponding set of images and text mounted on the walls of the Tjaden Experimental Gallery.