A Handbook of the Collections - Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
pub. 2018 by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art handbook covers the breadth of the museum’s holdings such as its extensive Asian and contemporary art collections. The full-color, 352-page softcover volume offers descriptive essays by curators who know these works well, highlighting new research and the unique stories and histories behind individual objects.
The handbook presents featured works in nearly chronological order. Several of the entries note the artworks’ value to teaching and research at Cornell.
The work of famous artists represented in the collection—such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Rembrandt van Rijn—share space in the handbook with ancient and contemporary art from around the world. Notable alumni artists include Margaret Bourke-White ’27, Richard Artschwager ’48, Hermine Freed ’61, Alan Saret ’66, Gordon Matta-Clark ’68 and James Siena ’79.
The handbook is the third in the museum’s 46-year history, during which the collections have grown to include almost 40,000 works of art. Also new to this edition: an article documenting Andy Goldsworthy’s 1999 residency and environmental art projects at Cornell; and a photograph of the museum’s architect, I.M. Pei, in the lobby before the building’s opening in 1973.
Learn more: https://museum.cornell.edu/news/every-picture-has-story-museum%E2%80%99s-new-handbook