CCA Biennial 2014Image: Jenny Sabin

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Building on its long tradition of leading thematic discussions and exhibitions related to issues in the arts from a campus-wide perspective, the Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) will hold its first ever CCA Biennial -- a two-year platform for engaging the most urgent questions that artists face within culture and life in the 21st century.  While it has brought critical issues in the arts to the Cornell community in many exhibition formats since its start in 1947, the CCA has established a Biennial to serve as its primary means of bringing faculty and students together around an idea that impacts the visual and performing arts both within and outside of the university.

In 2014, the CCA will host "Intimate Cosmologies:  The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology," the first biennial exhibition of arts.  Building on the tradition of the CCA to lead thematic discussions and exhibitions related to issues in contemporary art, the 2014 Biennial seeks to frame the dynamic changes in culture and art practice as a result of the recent developments in nano-scale technology and their intervention into our everyday lives.  The Biennial focus is intended to address the cultural and human consequences of nano-level science and show how artists address realms of human experience that lie beyond our immediate sensory perception.