Cornell Fine Arts Museum

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Cornell Fine Arts Museum
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Cornell Fine Arts Museum is located in Florida
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Location within Florida
Established 1978
Location 1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, Florida
Coordinates 28°35′32″N 81°20′55″W / 28.59234°N 81.34862°W / 28.59234; -81.34862
Type Art[1]
Director Ena Heller, Ph.D.[1]
Curator Amy Galpin, Ph.D.
Website Cornell Fine Arts Museum

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is located on the Winter Park campus of Rollins College and is the only teaching museum[2] in the greater Orlando area. The museum houses more than 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary eras, including rare old master paintings and a comprehensive collection of prints, drawings, and photographs.[3] The museum displays temporary exhibitions on a rotating basis along with the permanent collection.

History[edit]

A collection composed largely of portraits of college notables but including also natural history artifacts was formed at Rollins College around the turn of the twentieth century. However, significant fine art collecting began only in the 1930s, prompted in part by two gifts of Italian Renaissance paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.[4] The first purpose-built museum on campus was The Morse Gallery of Art, opened in 1941 and administered by Jeannette Morse Genius (who also provided the funds for the building) and her husband Dr. Hugh McKean, who later became president of Rollins College (1951–69). In 1976 George and Harriet Cornell donated the funds to construct a fine arts complex that would include a new museum: the Cornell Fine Arts Museum opened its doors in 1978, and three years later became Florida’s first college art museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums (today the American Alliance of Museums).[5] The building underwent a significant expansion in 2004-5, and now includes six galleries and a print study room. A satellite exhibition space for the Museum's Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art was introduced in 2013 at The Alfond Inn—a philanthropic boutique hotel owned by Rollins College, whose proceeds help fund student scholarships.[6]

Collection[edit]

Collection totals over 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary:

  • Over 500 paintings from the 14th through the 21st centuries.
  • Over 1500 prints, drawings and photographs dating from the 15th through the 21st centuries.
  • Over 1100 ethnographic objects and object fragments, many from the original natural history museum on campus; some of the items were donated by the Smithsonian after that museum burned in the 1920s.
  • Over 1200 watch keys ranging from the 16th through the late 19th centuries.

Highlights[edit]

  • 1936 General and Mrs. John Carty donate the first old master painting, The Dead Christ with Symbols of the Passion, by Lavinia Fontana. Donations by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 1937 and 1938 formally inaugurate fine art collecting.
  • 1948 Grandma Moses gives to the college the oil painting Out on the Lake.
  • 1950s George H. Sullivan, a Winter Park resident, made the first major donations to the museum, including works by William Louis Sonntag and Francesco de Mura.
  • 1960s Rollins alumni Jack and June Myers donated what would become the backbone of the Cornell’s old master collection, including works by Gerolamo Bassano, Jacopo Tintoretto, Thomas Lawrence, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Pieter Claesz and others.
  • 2000 Kenneth Curry bequeathed over 30 Bloomsbury Group paintings and drawings.
  • 2008 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts donated 156 Photographs and Polaroids through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.
  • 2013 Barbara and Ted Alfond donated The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, which in 2015 includes over 230 paintings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media works by established and emerging contemporary artists from around the world.[7]

Selected artists[edit]

  • Lavinia Fontana
  • Cosimo Roselli
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Francisco Soliment
  • Alfredo Jaar
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Andy Warhol
  • Hermann Herzog
  • Jonas Lie
  • Kara Walker
  • William Sontag
  • Childe Hassam
  • Tracey Emin
  • Vanessa Bell
  • David Hockney
  • Romare Bearden
  • Robert Henri
  • Francesco de Mura
  • Elizabeth Catlett
  • Sam Gilliam
  • Francis Bacon
  • Albert Bierstadt
  • William-Adolphe Bouguereau
  • Chuck Close
  • Vik Muniz
  • John Frederick Kensett
  • Jacob Lawrence
  • William Kentridge
  • Jacques Lipchitz
  • Maya Lin
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • Henry Moore
  • Robert Motherwell
  • Claes Oldenburg
  • Frederick Childe Hassam
  • Winslow Homer
  • William-Adolfphe Bouguereau
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • William Louis Sonntag
  • William Merritt Chase

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b MuseumsUSA. "Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, Florida", MuseumsUSA website, 2007. Retrieved on November 18, 2007.
  2. ^ [1] Rollins 360, 2015. Retrieved on January 12, 2015
  3. ^ Rollins College. [2], Rollins College website, 2015. Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Kress Foundation. [3] Kress Foundation website, 2015. Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
  5. ^ [4]American Alliance of Museums
  6. ^ [5] Rollins College website, 2015. Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
  7. ^ New York Times, March 16, 2015: Cedar Grove, Peabody Essex and Other Niche Museums Foray Into Contemporary Art

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