2022 Cornell Biennial

Curated by Timothy Murray

How might art activate empowering futurities under the troubling weight of climate change, global pandemic, racial trauma, political insecurity, social injustice, challenged women’s and sexual rights, effaced indigenous histories?

Inviting celebratory imaginations and enactments of “Futurities, Uncertain,” the 2022 Cornell Biennial seeks an artistic call and response to counter singular utopic models, colonial visions, and socio-cultural sameness. How might artistic imaginaries stage the potential of multiple futurities, thus rendering uncertain the confidence of the colonial past and the multinational present? Inspired by global artistic response to technological and biopolitical hegemony, artistic futurities imagine cultural transformation in its plenitude. An exchange of artistic projects across the disciplines might animate the future differently: Future Cinema, Future Cities, Afrofuturism, ecological activism, artistic animisms, biological (r)evolution, poetic realism, abstract expression, sound fields, surviving species, feminist utopias, intermedialities, imagined gardens, and sacred spaces.

Projects might ponder future blends of human, animal, and material just as they might reflect on fluid temporal movements between past, present, and future. How, today, might artists respond to the future demands of death, erosion, war, memory, extinction, social oppression, digital obsolescence, and cultural terrorism? How might multiple artistic practices embrace the uncertainty of futurities to activate creativity, thought, and social justice anew?

Schedule of Events Jul-Dec 2022

Libe Slope Wild Garden
Dates: Ongoing

Matthew DallosLibe Slope by McGraw Hall

Shared Space
Dates: 4/22-9/15 (Reception 9/15 4:30pm)

Jenifer WightmanMann Library Gallery

Madre Drone
Dates: 7/13-8/14

Patricia DomínguezJohnson Museum Picket Family Video Gallery

The Animal, Vegetable, Mineralness of Everything
Dates: 7/18-10/21

Ken FeingoldJohnson Museum Gussman Entrance Hall

Threads of Life, Love, and Loss
Dates: 8/15-12/2

Cornell Fashion + Textile CollectionMartha Van Rensselaer Hall Lobby

In Vitro
Dates: 8/17-9/11

Larissa Sansour + Søren LindJohnson Museum Picket Family Video Gallery

Circulating Matters
Dates: Aug-Oct

Felix Heisel + Circular Construction LabArts Quad by McGraw Hall

Cornell Sage Knoll
Dates: Aug-Oct

Jennifer Birkeland + Jonathan A. ScelsaDay Hall

Waste Not
Dates: Aug-Oct

Matéa LeBeau + Isabella CulottaRock Garden by Olive Tjaden Hall

Dates: Aug-Oct

Leslie LokArts Quad by McGraw Hall

Immersive Portraits of COVID: [Pause]
Dates: 9/4-9/29

So-Yeon YoonMartha Van Rensselaer Hall Gallery (1st Fl)

Between Nothingness and Infinity
Dates: 9/6-12/17

Mellon Public Curatorial ExpressionJohnson Museum Wing Gallery

Background Story
Dates: 9/10-10/6

Xu BingJohnson Museum Gold Gallery

A Morning in 1953 (Messiaen Reversed, Birds Released)
Dates: 9/11-10/7

Joanna Malinowska + C.T. JasperJohn Hartell Gallery

Composition and Improvisation Residency
Dates: 9/12, 9/15

Greg StuartMilstein Hall Dome

Gated Commune
Dates: 9/14-10/16

Camel CollectiveJohnson Museum Picket Family Video Gallery

At what point does the world unfold?
Dates: 9/15-10/27

Sara JimenezArts Quad by Goldwin Smith

Difference Tones
Dates: 9/16, 9/17 9pm

Mendi + Keith ObadikeJohnson Museum South Lawn

America Project
Dates: 9/17-10/7 (Performance 9/17 11:45am)

Paul VanouseBibliowicz Family Gallery

To Rent or Own: On Benefits Absolute and Vulgar
Date: 9/22 5:30pm

Wendy S. WaltersA.D. White House Guerlac Room

Dates: 9/23-9/25 (Performances 9/24, 9/25 12pm)

Juan Manuel Aldape MuñozArts Quad by White Hall

Articles of Displacement
Dates: 10/3-10/22

Denise GreenMartha Van Rensselaer Hall Room 1250

Ceaseless Waves
Date: 10/6 7pm

Esther Kondo HellerSage Chapel

Dates: 10/10-11/4

Jade DoskowJohn Hartell Gallery

The Ways of Folding Space & Flying
Dates: 10/19-11/13

Moon Kyungwon + Jeon JoonhoJohnson Museum Picket Family Video Gallery

Anti Biome
Dates: 10/24-10/30

Giselle HobbsOlive Tjaden Hall Experimental Gallery

Extended Instruments and Global Sounds
Dates: 11/2, 11/5

Tacet(i) EnsembleJohnson Museum

Dates: 11/7-11/18

Kellen CooksJohn Hartell Gallery

Material Resistance
Dates: 11/7-12/2

Mellon Public Curatorial ExpressionJill Stuart Gallery

Sou / Venir
Dates: 11/10-11/12

Patricia Encarnacíon + Gina GoicoA.D. White House Guerlac Room

Social Justice Sewing Academy Workshop
Date: 11/11 12pm

Mellon Public Curatorial ExpressionJohnson Museum Lynch Conference Room

Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland
Dates: 11/16-12/18

Karrabing Film CollectiveJohnson Museum Picket Family Video Gallery

Date: 11/17 5pm (Q&A to follow)

Austin Bunn + Jeffrey PalmerSchwartz Center Film Forum

Photo Credits: Patricia Domínguez, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Camel Collective, and Jade Doskow




2022 Cornell Biennial Team
Timothy Murray | Cornell Biennial Curator, CCA Director
Tina DuBois | CCA Program Coordinator
Abigail Parker-BlierCCA Intern
Skylar Xu | CCA Intern

Curatorial Committee
Ellen Avril | Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Christopher Csíkszentmihályi | Information Science
Renate Ferro | Art
Denise Green | Fiber Science and Apparel Design
Leslie Lok | Architecture
Jeffrey Palmer | Performing and Media Arts, American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Constanza Salazar | Graduate Student Representative, History of Art
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon | English