Monthly Archives: August 2011

Art Documentaries to Screen at Cinemopolis and Cornell Cinema

We’re very excited about this new addition to Ithaca’s  monthly Gallery Night lineup!

Cornell Cinema heads downtown to the Commons this fall to participate in First Friday Gallery Night, a monthly 5 – 8pm walking tour of downtown Ithaca galleries showing their latest art exhibits, which will now be capped off with a 9:15pm screening of an art documentary at Cinemapolis.

With less expensive digital technology making it possible to produce more and more wonderful films about art, we’re happy to have a new outlet for these fascinating films that shed light on both historic and contemporary art. First up is !Women Art Revolution, an entertaining and revelatory ‘secret history’ of Feminist Art that deftly illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, historians, curators and critics. Then in October see Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, a portrait of German artist Anselm Kiefer’s alchemical creative processes as practiced in his now-abandoned studio estate in the South of France. So grab a bite to eat after you finish touring the galleries and then stop by Cinemapolis for a film about art, the perfect way to end your evening.

Tickets for the downtown screenings will be $7 all, no comps, discount cards or passes accepted. Films will also be offered at least once on campus in Willard Straight Theatre for regular Cornell Cinema prices.

Art Docs Downtown is cosponsored with the Cornell Dept. of Art, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

The first 2 screenings:


(plus Sept. 5 & 6 at Cornell Cinema)

(plus October 5 and 6 at Cornell Cinema)

September exhibit

Sean Montgomery

Shed Paintings

Artist’s Reception: September 15 from 5-8pm

On view by appt September 15 – 20, 2011

Ithaca-based Canadian artist Sean Montgomery continues his investigations on notions of masculinity, specifically its representation through Canadian iconography in an exhibition of small scale paintings.


Western Based Abstraction


acrylic and gorilla glue on canvas


state of ruined state(s)

So much for entropy. Robert Andrade’s landscape intervention, Ruined State(s) which was supposed to crack and become ruins over the past year, is looking as good as ever. Yesterday’s inspection revealed it to be as sturdy as the day it was made.  Okay, well maybe not quite; there are a few cracks on the surface of one of the slabs.  Station923’s resident kitty Matilda has taken to basking in the afternoon sun down by the sculpture, and clearly enjoys its smooth coolness.  Even though Robert intended for the piece not to last when he installed it one year ago this month, I’ll admit I’ve grown quite fond of it and won’t mind if it stays in tact for another 10 or 15 years.

Chris Oliver: 3/4-0 over 96

Chris Oliver

3/4-0 over 96

Opening reception: August 11th, 5 to 8pm

Exhibit on view by appt from August 11 – 25th, 2011

Artist’s Statement
This work re-contextualizes the humble materials and processes of house carpentry. Exterior house trim folds in on itself and spawns a wood frame model of a four-story inaccessible domestic space. An entire sheet of plywood sanded into a wedge, so thin at one end that it begins to disintegrate, challenges our understanding of this material, one of the primary building blocks of our housing for the last half century. A full-scale section of a soffit flanked with inside-out model-scale rafters turns this mundane ranch house detail into a sculptural object that is at once ethereal and as clunky as the really thing. Through these and other explorations this work explores relationships between fantastic and basic, familiar and strange, lucid and liminal.