The Path of Roses was a Sufi-inspired installation of embroidered tapestries, calligraphic steel sculptures, decorated ceramic basins filled with rose water, a series of prints, and scroll-like silk banners. Algerian artist Rachid Korachi created, in his own words, "an alphabet of memory that transcends the boundaries of space and time, in which the sacred and profane converge into one." In this way, Korachi merges a mystical symbolism with ideological issues.
The CCA supports numerous arts-related events and projects each year.. Documentation from grant-supported projects completed and presented, artist award presentations, and CCA-initiated projects are archived, including exhibitions, performances, lectures, individual artist and department-generated projects, concerts, installations, and publications.
Listed below is a sample of projects supported by the CCA from 2001 to 2017.
Xu Bing's art investigates the creation of language, how it is learned, the barriers and structures it creates, and the meaning and non-meaning of the written word. At the Johnson Museum, he created a new work exploring the transformation of English letters into pictorial words through 300 cutout birds in various forms: English, Chinese scripts, and New English Calligraphy - Xu Bing's invented written language. In this work, he further develops ideas he explored in a work for the...
Erin Bullock presented mixed-media collages using photographs of Australian landscapes and people. The search for the real Australia, in the cultural and physical landscape was expressed using color photography incorporated in a non-traditional manner with collages and mixed-media pieces, including text, advertisements, found objects, and paint.
A weekend conference was sponsored as part of the "Indians' Indians: (Re)Presentation of Native American People in the Arts" program. Included a performance by the Spiderwoman Theater production, Persistence of Memory. The symposium also gave a workshop to students to participate in discussions about Native American identity issues. Luci Tapahonso, Professor of American Indian Studies and English at the University of Arizona at Tucscon and author of five boks of poetry,...
Cornell University hosted a South Indian flute concert with Shashank & Ensemble. Shashank is a phenomenal musical prodigy who gave his debut international performance at the tender age of eleven. He has been soaring to the upper ranks of the Carnatic (South Indian) music world since then.
Linda Price presented a series of paintings about an imagined journey through landscapes of a kind of Wonderland. A pair of antique shoe lasts took on the journey. Their adventures introduced them to fellow travelers and forgotten objects lost long ago, creating a history embedded in paint.
Laura Taylor presented a collection of paintings depicting the life-cycle of apple trees. Paintings were botanical, thus rendered with close attention to anatomical accuracy, with the added goal of capturing the drama and beauty of the plant in every season. Images were created as portraits, up close and in detail.
Edward Jones presented black and white photographic images taken in Nigeria exploring the issue of nutrition/hypertension in people of African descent. Images were exclusively portraits showing human expression in the face and the human figure itself integrating passions in photograph and in the area of nutrition.
Jennifer Borel, Wendy Kenigsberg, & Mariah Sawyer Art exhibition spotlighting three Cornell staff members. Jenniffer Borel created mosaic tile panels depicting human figures with exaggerated displays of emotion. Wendy Kenigsberg's project, "Fire, Water, Air and Earth," consisted of a series of collages made of assorted media images sewn together to represent each of the four elements. Mariah Sawyer developed a piece entitled "Revealing the Internal...
Photo-documentary and Interactive Digital Display by Andrea Gaffney & Rayna Huber. Candeal Pequeno is a low-income neighborhood in Salvador, Brazil. The basis of the documentary was to study the founding policies of Pracatum's rehabilitation program and their effects upon the urban and architectural forms of the favela.
Installation by Alexandre Champagne and Deina Luberts in the alley across from the Public Library in Ithaca. The intervention intended to reveal the alley's dynamic qualities, serving as a commentary, projecting the alley as an artifact of the urbane, as a collector of remnants.