Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

Year-round exhibitions and collections spanning the history of art, with strengths in Asian art, prints, and 19th- to 21st-century American art.

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.

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.

Villareal – Cosmos – Johnson Museum – Cornell final from Walter Patrick Smith, AIA LEED A on Vimeo.


Image Captions

  1. Leo Villareal: Cosmos (photo: James Ewing)
  2. Gallery view including Milton Avery, Girl with Sleeping Baby, 1945; Thomas Hart Benton, Roadside Bin, Louisiana, 1943–45; Alberto Giacometti, L’Homme qui marche II, 1959–60; and Otto Dix, Liegende auf Leopardenfell, 1927.
  3. Roy Lichtenstein, Brushstroke Still Lifes with Lamp, Coffee Pot, and Box, 1997.
  4. Gallery view including William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Goose Girl, 1891; and Charles François Daubigny, Les Champs au moi de juin, 1874.
  5. Gallery for Ancient art
  6. View of Cayuga Lake from the fifth-floor galleries for Asian art
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