The exhibition Topography in Translation — on display at the Johnson museum until March 24 — considers how Chinese artists, working both within China and abroad, have explored topography in the modern and post-modern eras. The exhibition was curated by Cornell students Katherine Finerty ’11, Grace Gemmel grad, Rebecca Hazell ’10, Maureen Kelly ’10, Claudia Mattos ’11 and Meris Mee Sook Sanzotta grad, all of whom took the seminar course History of Art 4818 this past Fall semester with professor Any-yi Pan.
While the word topography generally implies maps or charts, the student curators have interpreted the concept as much vaguer and more flexible. This has made Topography in Translation a much more varied exhibition than one might expect. Though small, the exhibition displays works in a range of media: painting, collage and calligraphy are just several examples.