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Multiple Voices/Multiple Stories

Path to Paradise: The Artistic Legacy of Dante’s Divine Comedy

UPTOWN /DOWNTOWN: Richard Lindner’s Fun City

Creatures in the Margins


Multiple Voices/Multiple Stories
May 20 – August 29, 2021

Drawn entirely from the extensive collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Multiple Voices/Multiple Stories, examines the multilayered narratives contained in figural representations. Ranging from traditional portraiture to creative depictions, the exhibition presents a diverse selection of works from across time and region, each with a unique story to tell. Although portraiture has been a standard form of representation throughout the history of art, this exhibition encourages a fresh and nuanced reading of such images of individuals. Multiple Voices asks us to consider not only the story of a portrait’s subject but also the relationship between the subject and artist, as is the case in David Hockney’s Joe with Green Window (1979), along with the historical context in which they both exist, as in Luis Zapico’s Portrait of General Antonio López de Santa Anna (ca. 1876).

More so than other types of images, portraits allow us to enter the psyche of both sitter and artist and invite us to interact with these individuals as their voices transcend the physical confinement of the frame and enter our present time and space. These stories often speak to historical moments, such as George Romney’s Portrait of an English Naval Officer (ca. 1780) and Daniel Lind-Ramos’ Vencedor: 1797 (2018-19), which present differing perspectives on the colonial narrative in the Caribbean. Other works, like Käthe Kollwitz’s Portrait of a Working Woman with a Blue Shawl (1903) and the Portrait of Marguerite de Valois (1610), illuminate gendered and socioeconomic constructions of identity and their role in shaping lived experience.

Engaging in transnational and transhistorical dialogue, the works in this exhibition converse with and respond back to one another in ways that elucidate new meaning from old narratives. These unexpected juxtapositions encourage contemporary viewers to consider alternative perspectives and challenge preconceived notions of identity, definitions of otherness, and issues of historical (in)visibility. We welcome you to lean in and listen to these multiple voices as they tell their many stories.

Path to Paradise: The Artistic Legacy of Dante’s Divine Comedy
May 20 – August 29, 2021

In the decade preceding his death, the Florentine poet and polymath Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) compiled The Divine Comedy, universally identified as a masterwork of Italian literature. In the narrative epic, Dante recounts his journey through the realms of the Catholic afterlife, describing instances of suffering and salvation he witnessed during his travels. Guided by the Roman poet Virgil, Dante explores hell (Inferno), purgatory (Purgatorio), and finally heaven (Paradiso), where Virgil is replaced by Dante’s lost love, Beatrice.

With its graphic depictions of eternal punishment and redemption, Dante’s Divine Comedy has served as an artistic and moral template for artists, writers, politicians, and religious leaders since its original publication. In its over seven hundred years of existence, the poem has been illustrated by artists including Sandro Boticelli, Gustave Doré, and Salvador Dalí. It has been referenced by the likes of John F. Kennedy and Pope Francis. More recently, the poem’s first cantica, Inferno, has even been converted into a video game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

This exhibition showcases works inspired by The Divine Comedy completed from the Italian Quattrocento through the contemporary era, illustrating the profound and limitless artistic inspiration drawn from Dante’s source text. Featuring diverse works by artists including Baccio Baldini and Tom Peterson alongside archival texts, Path to Paradise seeks to trace the artistic legacy of Dante’s seminal work through time.Path to Paradise: The Artistic Legacy of Dante’s Divine Comedy is guest curated by Rollins alumnus Isaac Gorres, ’21 in collaboration with the Rollins College Archives and Special Collections at Olin Library.

UPTOWN /DOWNTOWN: Richard Lindner’s Fun City
May 20 – August 29, 2021

German American artist Richard Lindner (1901-1978) fled his home country at the rise of Nazism. After a few years working as a graphic designer in Paris, in 1941 he moved to New York City where he became an illustrator for prominent magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Lindner’s experience of the city of New York, especially the underbelly of the urban center, informed his painting and his graphic work throughout his mature career. Erotic, bold, colorful, and often humorous, Lindner’s imagery is rooted in the nocturnal life of the cabarets, the busy streets, and the characters that inhabit them. His fascination with New York is at the core of these works as are his memories of Munich and Berlin. In these cities he saw the emergence of artistic trends such as Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), which rebelled against the romanticization of reality and greatly influenced the artist throughout his career. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Lindner worked as a commercial artist for years and transitioned to painting when he was in his 50s.

Uptown/Downtown features the fourteen prints contained in the Fun City portfolio created in 1971. The depictions of the city’s eccentric dwellers vibrate off the paper through the creative use of design elements, explorations with lenticular technology, and pulsating color juxtapositions.

This exhibition is organized by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Creatures in the Margins
May 20 - August 29, 2021

Throughout human history, animals have been tied to visual and literary narratives across cultures, religions, and time periods. They have been protagonists in folklore and fables, spiritual deities, representations of power and nation, and fetishized tokens of exoticism. Within these stories, animals are rarely just animals. Rather, they are given human qualities in the form of emotions, beliefs, and ambitions—the fertile frog-headed Heqet of the Egyptian pantheon, the deceptive snake in the Garden of Eden, the prudent tortoise that raced the impatient hare.

Responding to the Greater Orlando area’s library 2021 summer reading theme “Tails & Tales,” the exhibition Creatures in the Margins explores the relationship between animals and human conditions. Featuring works by Mary Russell Smith, Amy Sillman, Camille Henrot, and Gary Bolding, themes relating to war, punishment and reward, spirituality, and institutional power are considered in the guise of animals existing in the fantastical and natural world.

How do the associations between animals and abstract ideas projected onto them shape their social perception and use? Which character traits are based less on nature and more on narratives in storybooks, sacred texts, and folklore? Visitors are invited to explore the different characters assembled in the exhibition and consider their individual interpretations of the animal kingdom based on a wholly human context.

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