M.F.A. Student Exhibits Paintings in Downtown Ithaca
An exhibition of work from Roll With It by Patrick Brennan (M.F.A. '20) opened last week in the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Ithaca.
"It's exciting to be able to show some work outside of the normal gallery context," says Brennan, a first-year graduate student in art. "I'm really interested in the idea of coming across my work by surprise and not just because you're looking to see 'art.'"
Installed on the first-floor common area of the Seneca Place building that also includes Cornell offices, Starbucks, and Kilpatrick's Publick House, Brennan's exhibit is accessible to the public and will be up through the month of April. The show was organized by the Department of Art as part of a larger effort to seek out venues for students to show their work beyond the AAP galleries located in Olive Tjaden, Sibley, and Milstein halls. Other such exhibitions have taken place on campus at the Cornell Law School in Myron Taylor Hall, Mann Library, Day Hall, and the eHub in Kennedy Hall.
"Putting the work up in a hotel provides a chance for a whole new audience," adds Brennan. "I hope the small installation at the Hilton can be a chance for anyone walking through to see my personal mythology in a space like that."
The opportunity for the exhibition also included an opening reception as part of downtown Ithaca's monthly first Friday event on April 5, 2019. According to the department, this venue may continue to be available for student exhibitions and public receptions moving forward.
By Edith Fikes