September 27, 2017

Time as Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science

Rollins College

Richard Mosse, Idomeni Camp, Greece, 2016. Digital c-print on metallic paper. The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum. © Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Wonder—as experience and action—is cultivated mutually through science and art, and contemporary practices in both fields are more kindred than ever. In fact, their synergies have led in recent years to more overt cross-references as well as fruitful and inventive collaborations between artists and scientists. The source of inspiration for this particular exhibition is a selection of artists who desire to understand, question and describe the subject of time: as scientific fact, as relative experience, as aesthetic archive.

The topic is timely as ongoing discussions of STEAM curriculum reverberate in our schools. The preciousness of time is also amplified by growing concerns about the environment and global mortality from a macro perspective to a micro vantage point as individuals struggle to make sense of a faster-paced, connected world where everything runs on the 24-hour news cycle and where the internet offers an endless network of hyperlinks.

The exhibition includes artists Darren Almond, Lucas Arruda, Rosa Barba, Luis Camnitzer, Julia Dault, Tacita Dean, Noah Doely, Spencer Finch, Charles Gaines, Camille Henrot, On Kawara, Tom LaDuke, Julie Mehretu, Trevor Paglen, Howardena Pindell, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Dawn Roe, Tomás Saraceno, Xaviera Simmons, Sarah Sze, Sara VanDerBeek, and Lawrence Weiner.

For her powerful work, The Color Out of Space (2015), Berlin-based Rosa Barba engaged in a yearlong collaboration with scientists at the Hirsch Observatory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The resulting installation with its film and sculptural components is a meditation on scientific inquiry and an interrogation of geologic time in human terms. Barba’s work is one of several significant loans included in the exhibition. The exhibition also includes several new acquisitions, such as the important photograph, Idomeni Camp, Greece by New York-based artist Richard Mosse. With a military-grade infrared camera, Mosse documents a temporary refugee camp. The resulting photograph, produced with a telephoto lens that senses heat, presents a haunting document of the plight of refugees and the lack of permanency in their lives.

Time as Landscape provides a framework for interdisciplinary engagement. The Museum’s contemporary collection, as well as the Smith Watch Key Collection, will be positioned in a new context to inspire discussion around historic objects and their relationship to the contemporary. Recent acquisitions of work by Julie Mehretu, Tomás Saraceno, Richard Mosse, and Luis Camnitzer will debut in the exhibition. The Alfond Inn, the Museum’s satellite contemporary space, will simultaneously unveil a newly commissioned installation by Tomás Saraceno. Curated by Amy Galpin and Abigail Ross Goodman, Time as Landscape will be accompanied by a catalogue. The catalogue will include essays by the curators and Trevor Paglen’s text “Geographies of Time.”

About the Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Set on the Rollins College campus overlooking beautiful Lake Virginia, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. Its broad scope holdings of more than 5,500 objects range from antiquity through contemporary and include the only European Old Masters collection in the Orlando area, a sizable American art collection, and the forward-looking Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. The Alfond Collection is shown both at the museum and at The Alfond Inn a few blocks from campus, a visionary philanthropic boutique hotel whose proceeds help fund student scholarships. For additional information, call T 407 646 2526 or visit

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