The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded three Cornell alumni with architecture, fiction and music awards for 2019. With the intention of sustaining literature, music and fine arts, the academy honors over 70 people who have dedicated their life craft to sustaining those very components.
In early April, the Cornell fine art department’s Tjaden Hall will welcome the community to its galleries for an exhibition led entirely by undergraduate art students. This is the first year the show will be held.
A Cornell team, chosen out of 130 teams from 60 universities in the U.S. and Canada, was awarded the top prize of $50,000 in the annual 2018 Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines student competition on April 5.
Before entering the space, it is as if the exhibit still has yet to be curated. A space that is normally bursting with artwork appears startlingly bare to the passing gaze from the exhibit’s periphery. Yet examination is almost always a generative process of exposure and uncovering — in terms of both the viewer as well as the viewed. The exhibit in question, Estudios de Tensión, meaning “studies of tension,” is a study of the relational and symbolic interactions that shape and constitute the world. A product of the artist Nicolás Robbio, the works can be found in the John Hartell Gallery in Sibley Hall until April 19.