2019-2020 CCA Grants

Scorched Earth
Ege Okal

Eight international artists explore the relationships of post-colonialism, war policy, territories, solidarity, global commerce, and trade routes in transnational dialogue through moving image, photography, and mixed media.

Hearing Visibilities
Piyawat Louilarpprasert

This multimedia music and art performance, with Guillermo Presa and Pisol Manatchinapisit, creates a scene of a situation which primarily focuses on instrumental physicality and hearing sensibility.

Kelsie Doty

Through interviews with textile companies, fashion designers, plant growers, dye chemists and others, this film documents the use of natural dyes within the apparel and textile industry.

Locally Grown Dance 2020

A multidisciplinary performance combining dance, architecture, and video projection to explore what the notion of “tunneling” means. Tunneling is about subversive transformation/transgression or directed and confined movement, a concept that can produce extensively complex and diverse critical and theoretical material for presentation.

Melting: A Cultural Collocation
Vaidehi Reddy

Melting is the feeling when individuals lose their individuality to create a new identity. As a cross cultural artist, melting is what Vaidehi feels her art is, still melting to become something new.

Vivian Lin

A fantasy fungal landscape created in collaboration with the Carnegie Mellon Textiles Lab that engages with knitting fabrication technology to explore themes of ecofeminism, romance, and the tension between domestic spaces and forces of nature.

Ithaca Sounding 2020
Richard Valitutto

A multi-day, multi-venue festival and symposium celebrating, exploring, and questioning the traditions of modernist and experimental concert music by Ithacans past and present.

Nether Ithaca
Ellie Beaudry

Nether Ithaca seeks to highlight water pollution in Ithaca through an installation of consisting gouache paintings and video projection.

Queen of Carthage Opera-Oratorio
Ellie Cherry

A setting of the fourth book of Vergil’s Aeneid in the original Latin, Queen of Carthage narrates the life story of Queen Dido following the arrival of the Trojans to her city in Northern Africa.

Performing Clara Schumann
Theodora Serbanescu-Martin

To celebrate the bicentennial of Clara Schumann (neé Wieck)’s birth, the conference Performing Clara Schumann: Keyboard Legacies and Feminine Identities in the Long Romantic Tradition presents a myriad of interpretive frameworks for understanding the historical, cultural, and technological milieu surrounding the virtuosa’s life and work.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company
David Yearsley

Fifty years later in two concerts at Cornell, the great anatine ensemble returns to the analog to perform Borden’s minimalist masterpiece, the Continuing Story of Counterpoint, on the original synthesizers.

Jonathan Jones: Artist Residency
Hosted by Jennifer Minner

Aboriginal Australian artist Jonathan Jones shares his insights into socially engaged art as a means of inspiring greater appreciation of Indigenous history and cultures, remembrance of forgotten histories, and stewardship of the environment.

Fashion & Feathers
Denise Green

This exhibition highlights the beauty and the tragedy of feathers in fashion to tell the story of birds and their influence on clothing across the globe.

Geographic and Temporal Dialogues (Time and Place)
Hosted by CCCP

Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players collaborate with NYC’s Unheard-of//Ensemble to present an evening of performances which investigates the influences of time and place on the current graduate student composers within Cornell’s distinguished composition department, as well as alumnus composers of the past.

Using Street Art to Inspire a Balance Between Humans and Nature
Cornell Botanic Gardens

Brazilian artist Eder Muniz speaks about his work transforming the streetscapes of Salvador, Brazil through the magic of his art. He also discusses the two-story mural he created on the Nevin Welcome Center at the Cornell Botanic Gardens.

Warp and Weave
Yasmeen Abedifard

The modern classification of textiles into what is called “decorative arts” is often derivative of its artistic worth in the societies it originates from. Textiles can vary vastly in their use, such as being used to tell a family’s ancestral narrative, fairy tales, or be acts of repetitive devotion to the divine.

Tong Yang-Tze: Immortal at the River
Curated by An-yi Pan

Over a career spanning four decades, Tong has received critical acclaim for her large-scale, unrestrained cursive script, and her works have appeared in more than 60 exhibitions worldwide. She received a degree in fine arts from National Taiwan Normal University before pursuing further visual art study in the United States.

Let Go
Mariaenrica Giannuzzi + Heather Fae Calla

Choreographed by Giannuzzi in Ithaca with her friend Dorian Chavez in Brussels during quarantine in spring 2020, with music by Heather Fae Calla (“Soft Squadron”). The works provide commentary on the current political and social climates, as well as reflecting the specificity of teaching and studying dance online.

Rough Cut(s)
Pascal Schwaighofer

The exhibition explores the space of contact between film and bioengineering, presenting an assemblage of found footage, interviews, and educational 3D animations. Titled Rough Cut(s), the video essay invites us to rethink the cut as a conceptual and aesthetic category that articulates comparative logic and enables powerful yet uncanny similitudes. (Exhibition debuted February 2023 due to COVID.)

They Cannot Represent Themselves
Layla Zubi

They Cannot Represent Themselves; They Must be Represented introduces various sized obelisks as sculptures that reveal the geographical and historical events and comparisons, pairing it with the continuous, homogenized image of “American identity” and the physical objects associated with them. (Exhibition debuted in September 2021 due to COVID.)

Old Children
Sophie Galowitz + Nadia Chernova

An exhibition reimagining the tone and affect in children’s content.

Fencing Laws and Your Neighbors
Curtis Ho + Hyo-Jung Song

Uncle Boy’s Landscaping is the collaborative practice of Hyo-Jung Song + Curtis Ho. The duo is concerned with the wide-ranging implications of landscap(e/ing) as colonial, masculine, and imbricated with systems of power. Their research-guided practice typically takes form as large-scale ephemeral installations incorporating video, sculpture, and writing and publishing, inviting collaboration and social participation.

The (blank) Show
Kelechukwu Mpaumaugo

This show challenges viewers to adapt to a new way of interpreting identity and culture; allowing each viewer’s experience to be highly personal and introspective.

To Build a Home / Returning Home
Çağla Sokullu

The installation is a visual reimagining of the poem Yakamoz, here presented in its original Turkish and its Greek translation.

Southeast Asia Program + Kaja McGowan

McGowan teaches a seminar that highlights the shadow puppet objects at the museum. The course is in conjunction with a visit and residency of Gusti Sudarta, a well-known Balinese puppeteer (dalang), and Darsono Hadirahardjo, a Javanese musician and dalang. The class introduces students to wayang stories and characters, looking into the roles, significance, and transmission of the shadow performances in Southeast Asia, particularly in Java and Bali.

Klenengan: A Gamelan Gathering
Hosted by Cornell Gamelan Ensemble

Klenengan offer musicians opportunities to practice and learn, and very frequently bring together musicians of varying experience and ability. For this event, members of the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble follow the lead of some of the foremost players of this music in the United States, including four Javanese masters. (Event postponed until March 2023 due to COVID.)