|CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM AT ROLLINS COLLEGE ANNOUNCES FIRST EXHIBITION INSPIRED BY THE ALFOND COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Fractured Narratives: a strategy to engage
Opens September 17, 2014in Winter Park, Florida
|Winter Park, FL (July 31, 2014) – The Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL is pleased to announceFractured Narratives: a strategy to engage, the first exhibition inspired by The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College. On view September 17, 2014 to January 4, 2015, the exhibition features work by established and emerging artists who address contemporary global issues such as privacy, modern warfare, the environment, and freedom of expression. Fractured Narratives aims to provoke critical dialogue and reflection by engaging visitors with the challenging ambiguities of complex narratives. The selected works offer diverse and nuanced considerations of the changing political, cultural, psychological, and social context of the past 10 years.
“Fractured Narratives begins a conversation both occasioned and facilitated by the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, which was lovingly acquired for the Museum by Barbara and Ted Alfond,” states Ena Heller, Director of The Cornell Fine Art Museum at Rollins College. “For every work of art, there is a story; for every story, there are multiple translations, each of which not only sheds a different light on the work itself, but also reveals something about the translator. This exhibition and the broader Alfond Collection represent the possibility of what art can offer to a teaching institution and how looking deeply can lead to new kinds of learning and knowledge.”
Co-curated by Cornell Fine Arts Museum Curator Amy Galpin and independent curator Abigail Ross Goodman, the exhibition features film, photography, painting, sculpture, and sound by 14 artists from around the world: Dawoud Bey, Omer Fast, Eric Gottesman, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Amar Kanwar, William Kentridge, An-My Lê, Maya Lin, Goshka Macuga, Moris (Israel Meza Moreno), Rivane Neuenschwander, Trevor Paglen, and Martha Rosler.
Exhibition highlights include Amar Kanwar’s Listening Bench #1 (2013), constructed from reclaimed wood from a 19th-century organ found in a chapel on the grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The audio element of the piece explores environmental and labor issues related to mining in Odisha, an eastern state in India, with stories of the community told by the artist. Muxima (2005), a video work by Alfredo Jaar, which is titled after an Angolan folk song that means “heart,” encourages viewers to ponder the power of music while images of landmines, the AIDS crisis, and the remnants of colonialism in Angola are evoked in fragmented vignettes.
Jenny Holzer’s large-scale color-blocked painting Water-board 14 U.S. government document (2010) depicts a redacted, confidential U.S. government document. Though the underlying language is largely concealed, bits of text are visible, such as “water board” and “top secret.” In leaving these cues amidst an otherwise Suprematist abstraction, the artist engages the viewer in questioning governmental power and human rights.
Also on view is Omer Fast’s film 5000 Feet Is the Best (2011), which grapples with the timely and critical subject of drone warfare; An-My Lê’s photographic depictions of war and military culture that play with fact and fiction; and photographs and a film by Eric Gottesman inspired by his exploration of the dissident Ethiopian novel Oromaye, written by Baalu Girma.
Barbara and Ted Alfond (Rollins class of 1968) established the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College in 2013. The collection was conceived as a “visual syllabus” and with the hope that it would become a cornerstone of liberal arts education at Rollins College. The collection offers opportunities for study, investigation and developing new kinds of visual and cultural wisdom, the result of which is crucial to the development of a new generation of global citizens who, in valuing difference, will care enough to learn one another’s languages, both literally and figuratively. To date the evolving collection includes more than 220 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed-media works by established and emerging artists from around the world. The collection is housed at the College’s Cornell Fine Arts Museum and is on rotating display at the nearby Alfond Inn, a visionary philanthropic boutique hotel owned by Rollins College. Since opening in August 2013, net proceeds from the Alfond Inn have been directed to The Alfond Scholars program fund, which has awarded three full scholarships to date.
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Admission: FREE ADMISSION courtesy of Bessemer Trust.
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