CFAM Announces Summer 2019 Exhibitions

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum announces three new summer exhibitions, which will be on display from May 23 through September 8.

Raúl Anguiano (Mexican, 1915-2006), The Thorn (La espina), Oil on canvas, 2002. Collection of Dr. Richard Zapanta. Raúl Anguiano (Mexican, 1915-2006), The Thorn (La espina), Oil on canvas, 2002. Collection of Dr. Richard Zapanta.

Mexican Modernity: 20th-Century Paintings from the Zapanta Collection highlights some of the most significant modern Mexican artists. Organized chronologically, the exhibition includes groups that represent dynamic moments and movements in the evolution of 20th-century Mexican art.

The Zapanta Collection, amassed over more than 25 years, includes works by several generations of modern Mexican artists and provides an overview of important artistic styles and an in-depth consideration of poignant themes, political events, and social narratives that informed their creative output. Dr. Richard Zapanta is a fourth-generation Mexican-American whose collecting has been a way to reconnect with his cultural roots. 

The impetus behind the project is the collectors’ interest in making this remarkable collection of Mexican art accessible to institutions whose holdings may be limited in this area. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual illustrated catalog.

“This exhibition takes us on a journey through the social and political history of 20th-century Mexico,” says Gisela Carbonell, curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. “We are thrilled to share it with the Rollins and greater Central Florida community. The impressive Zapanta Collection includes a wide range of artists whose work reminds us of the key role artistic expression plays in moments of conflict and change.”

Noel Mahaffey, (American, b. 1944), Night-time Square, 1979, Serigraph, Gift of Saul Taylor 1980.29.9 © Noel Mahaffey Noel Mahaffey, (American, b. 1944), Night-time Square, 1979, Serigraph, Gift of Saul Taylor 1980.29.9 © Noel Mahaffey

Mediated Reality: Cityscapes by Photorealists exhibits the museum’s “Cityscapes Portfolio,” which was created in 1979 to showcase the unique photorealist perspectives of 10 artists. Each of these works has been transformed from paintings into prints to share these intricate, dynamic urban scenes with a larger public.

The late 1960s and ’70s witnessed the rise of several art movements that redefined American visual culture—from pop art and minimalism to conceptual art and abstract expressionism. In direct reaction to the latter, a new art form emerged: photorealism. Though initially criticized for being strictly representational, the technique quickly gained momentum. Photorealism is a style of painting that utilizes multiple photographic studies, among other methods, to achieve an effect as close to a photograph as possible. With extreme detail, painstaking precision, and heightened clarity, these artists executed their versions of everyday life to challenge our perception of the world, creating mediated reality. 

The full list of artists represented in this exhibition are John Baeder, Charles Bell, Arne Besser, Thomas Leo Blackwell, Fran Bull, Hilo Chen, Han Hsiang-Ning, Ron Kleemann, Noel Mahaffey, and Ching-Jang Yao.

Fran Bull, (American, b. 1938), Lincoln Center/Dusk, 1979, Serigraph, Gift of Saul Taylor, 1980.29.5 © Fran Bull Fran Bull, (American, b. 1938), Lincoln Center/Dusk, 1979, Serigraph, Gift of Saul Taylor, 1980.29.5 © Fran Bull

Shifting Perspectives: Art by the Students of the Art Time Outreach Program marks the public debut and celebration of work by students in the Art Time Outreach Program. Generously supported with funding from the Dosal Family Foundation, the program is a partnership established in 2016 between the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and two Winter Park schools, the Paragon School and the Lyman School. The outreach program provides elementary, middle school and high school students with weekly art instruction in a range of materials and techniques. Through art-making, students uncover innovative ideas, explore unfamiliar concepts, and pursue various viewpoints to reach their own new findings.

Shifting Perspectives presents a wide variety of media, from video and sound art to sculpture and collaborative artist books. This exhibition is the incredible achievement of nearly a 100 K-12 students who engaged in a yearlong creative exploration of learning to look more closely at the world around them and use artistic expression to discover new meanings in their surroundings.

Related Programming

Thursday, May 23 | 6 p.m.
Lecture: Mexican Modernity: 20th-Century Paintings from the Zapanta Collection
Gregorio Luke, Independent Curator

Friday, June 21 | 11 a.m.
Exhibition Tour: Mediated Reality: Cityscapes by Photorealists
Elizabeth Coulter, Dale Montgomery Fellow, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Friday, July 26 | 11 a.m.
Exhibition Tour: Shifting Perspectives: Art by the Students of the Art Time Outreach Program
Louise Buyo, Education Coordinator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Friday, August 23 | 11 a.m.
Exhibition Tour: Mexican Modernity: 20th-Century Painting from the Zapanta Collection
Gisela Carbonell, Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Tuesday, August 27 | 6 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Shifting Perspectives: Art by the Students of the Art Time Outreach Program
Louise Buyo, Kristin Eaves, Jacoub Reyes and panelists
Education Coordinator & Teaching Artists, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Tuesday, September 3 | 6 p.m.
Lecture: Mexican Antiquity: Women and Children in Pre-Columbian Art
Dr. Traci Ardren, Professor of Anthropology, University of Miami

Artee Y Cafe Con La Curadora (Art and Coffee with the Curator)
Tuesday, June 11 | 6 p.m.

Mexican Modernity: 20th-Century Painting from the Zapanta Collection
Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Tuesday, July 9 | 6 p.m.
The Place as Metaphor: Collection Conversations
Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Tuesday, August 13 | 6 p.m.
The Alfond Inn: New Acquisitions
The Alfond Inn