Cornell Biennial

2022 Cornell Biennial: In Review
The fifth Cornell Biennial featured 40 artists across 36 events from July through November 2022. Curated by Timothy Murray and hosted by the Cornell Council for the Arts, the 2022...
The Cherry Arts Competition
The Cherry Arts is a radically local, radically international, experimental multidisciplinary arts company specializing in international performing arts, studio classes, and a newly-opened visual arts gallery, located in Ithaca, NY....
Obadike, Book of Light
2022 Biennial Artists Announced
Cornell Council for the Arts announces the fifth Cornell Biennial, featuring artworks, installations, and performances addressing the curatorial theme: “Futurities, Uncertain.” Curated by Timothy Murray, CCA Director and Professor of...
Kyungwon Moon + Joonho Jeon, The Ways of Folding Space and Flying
Call for Cornell Biennial Applications: January 28, 2022
Cornell Council for the Arts Calls for Entries, 2022 Cornell Biennial, “Futurities, Uncertain,” Fall 2022 In Fall 2022, the Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) will host the fifth Cornell...
Roundtables to explore 2020 Biennial theme ‘Swarm’
The Cornell Council for the Arts is holding three lunchtime roundtables in preparation for the 2020 Cornell Biennial, focused on the theme “Swarm: Ecology, Digitality, Sociality.” At each roundtable, an interdisciplinary group...
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Rethinking empowerment with ‘Fashions from the Frontline’ at Cornell exhibition
Knit hats in all different shades of pink from the Women’s March fill a display case. In front of the hats is a colorful circus-themed ensemble created by a Cornell...
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Exhibit chronicles women’s empowerment through fashion
Chronicling how women have strategically used fashion to empower and collectively uplift themselves, the exhibition is part of the 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial and explores the Biennial theme of...
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Cornell Exhibit to Feature Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Shoes, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Collars
Chronicling how women have strategically used fashion to empower and collectively uplift themselves, the exhibition is part of the 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial and explores the Biennial theme of...
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Knotted installation proposes ways to reduce timber waste
When a tree is harvested for wood, what happens to the pieces that aren’t ramrod straight? An installation designed by Cornell University’s Robotic Construction Laboratory (RCL) proposes an answer to that...
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Milstein students get a glimpse of artist Xu Bing’s character
Students in the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity were treated to a special Q&A session Sept. 26 with Chinese artist and A.D. White Professor-at-Large Xu Bing, whose animation “The...
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CCA Biennial launches with art projects across campus
The 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) Biennial launched with a tour of outdoor projects on campus Sept. 28 and artist panels at a conference Sept. 29. The Biennial...
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Log Knot, The Emperor’s Canary, and Todd: AAP Faculty and Student Work in the 2018 CCA Biennial
The 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) Biennial is underway and includes three projects by AAP students and faculty, each taking a different approach to this year's theme of...
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Carrie Mae Weems: HEAVE
Produced by Carrie Mae Weems for the 2018 CCA Biennial, Heave is a two-part artwork installed in specially designed pavilions on Cornell’s central Arts Quad. Linked to Weems’ 2017 project for the Park Avenue Armory, A...
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What are the Mysterious Structures on the Arts Quad?
One day, Cornellians woke up to find two unassuming, beige-colored structures in the Arts Quad that didn’t entirely seem at home there. Some students jokingly speculated the construction was part...
A Meditation on Tongues
Dance, multimedia performance to open 2018 CCA Biennial
The 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) Biennial kicks off Sept. 14-15 at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts with “A Meditation on Tongues,” conceived and directed...
Ni'Ja Whitson, A Meditation on Tongues. Photo: Scott Shaw.
CCA Biennial 2018: Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival
The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) announces the theme and participants for the 3rd CCA Biennial, 2018, Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival. Curated by CCA Director, Timothy Murray, the 2018 CCA Biennial...
The LOG KNOT installation is composed of irregularly-shaped logs connected in a twisting design. BreAnne Fleer / Sun News Editor
Robotically-Built LOG KNOT Installation on Ag Quad Optimizes Wood Usage
Looping around itself on the Ag Quad stands LOG KNOT — On Perpetual Wood Cycles and Forest Processes, a new installation built with robotic technology and made of wood that...
Empathy Project
Empathy project goes online
Since its launch in September 2016, the Cornell Race and Empathy Project has recorded, archived and shared the everyday stories of Cornellians that evoke racial empathy. The project was funded through the...
Ni'Ja Whitson, A Meditation on Tongues. Photo: Scott Shaw.
2018 Biennial on ‘Duration’ to feature major artists
With the theme “Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival,” the Biennial opens Sept. 27-29 on campus with a conference, public lectures by Weems and Xu, and participating faculty members and students joining...
"Side by Side" exhibit by Pepon Osorio, displayed at Cornell University. Kelsey O'Connor/Ithaca Voice
Art installation unveiled at Cornell explores empathy and features local family
Empathy is the subject of a new art installation at Cornell University by artist-in-residence Pepón Osorio. The project, unveiled Thursday, drew inspiration from the local community. "Side by Side" was the culminating...
An image taken in the Yarmouk refugee camp outside Damascus, from the multimedia production 'Desert of Light' at the Schwartz Center. Photo by Lens Yound Dimashqi.
Palestinian-Syrian refugees focus of play ‘Desert of Light’
Palestinian-Syrian playwright Rama Haydar’s “Desert of Light” is a tragicomic and human portrayal of the refugee crisis in the Middle East – and “a very inside perspective of the brutal...
A detail from guest artist Teresa Diehl’s CCA Biennial project, “Revolution.”
Cornell Council for the Arts 2016 Biennial to focus on empathy
The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) 2016 Biennial, “Abject/Object Empathies,” will feature 12 new projects by invited artists, Cornell faculty members and students. Most of the works will be presented on...
A Needle Woman. Photo by Jason Koski/University Photography.
Art series highlights creative discovery in ‘A Needle Woman’
An innovative creative project by Korean-American artist Kimsooja with Cornell scientists and students is the subject of a new Art21 documentary. “A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is...
The Ho-Am Foundation
CCA Biennial Artist Kimsooja wins 2015 Ho-Am Foundation Prize
The CCA would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to CCA 2014 Biennial Artist-in-Residence Kimsooja for being selected to receive the 2015 Ho-Am Foundation Prize. The prize, won in the...
Materials science and engineering professor Uli Wiesner, artist Kimsooja, CCA Director Stephanie Owens and architect Jaeho Chong with Kimsooja's "A Needle Woman" after its installation on the Arts Quad in September.
Biennial’s art and science collaborations earn acclaim
A temporary art installation on campus, part of the Cornell Council for the Arts’ (CCA) inaugural biennial last fall, will be the subject of an upcoming PBS documentary.
Kimsooja, A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir, 2014. Steel, custom acrylic panel, laminated block copolymer film, mirror; 46 x 4.5 (diameter) feet. Photograph: Jaeho Chong. © Kimsooja Studio.
New artwork by Kimsooja unveiled as part of the 2014 Biennial
As part of the 2014 CCA Biennial, Korean-born conceptual multi-media artist Kimsooja has created a new work in close collaboration with architect Jaeho Chong and the Wiesner Nanomaterials Lab at Cornell University.
CCA director Stephanie Owens and professor Uli Wiesner look over a polymer sample in Wiesner's lab, which developed material for artist Kimsooja's "Needle Woman" project on the Arts Quad.
Art and nanotech converge in campus biennial
The biennial theme intends to “show how artists address realms of human experience that lie beyond our immediate sensory perception,” CCA Director Stephanie Owens said. “Working with scientists and researchers...
CCA Director Stephanie Owens, left, and artist kimsooja toured the Arts Quad Nov. 23, the intended site of the artist's installation project in the 2014 CCA Biennial.
2014 Biennial to explore nanotech as artistic medium
A campuswide exhibition next fall will explore the cultural and human consequences of seeing the world at the micro and macro levels, through nanoscience and networked communications.