The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University holds a world of art in an I.M. Pei building that offers panoramic views of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake. Admission is always free. (Reopening to the public on August 26.)
The Johnson’s permanent collection numbers 40,000 works, spanning six millennia and encompassing art from most world cultures. Among the strengths of the collection are the holdings of Asian art; more than 23,000 prints, drawings, and photographs ranging from the 15th century to the present; modern and contemporary painting and sculpture; European art from ancient times to the present, African sculpture and textiles, and pre-Columbian sculpture and ceramics.
An homage to the late Cornell astronomy professor Carl Sagan, Leo Villareal: Cosmos is visible day and night on the ceiling of the outdoor sculpture court. The 2012 site-specific installation was created with 12,000 LEDs.