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Winter
2006
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19
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At Cornell

The Johnson Museum’s
Many Angles on Science

Zoö Learner, one of Squyres’ graduate students

From Tibetan Tangka Paintings to Photographs of Mars

Johnson Museum and Cornell Animal Hospital staffWhen people think of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, they think of art. This is certainly one of the things we do: exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and decorative arts from around the world, installed in a landmark building (designed by I. M. Pei more than 30 years ago) with some of the most beautiful views of any museum in the world. This is what brings most of the 90,000 visitors though our doors every year.

Art isn’t all that we do, however, and it isn’t the only reason to visit us. When one learns about art, one learns inevitably about its context, the society that created it—its religion, history, values—and science. It is the museum’s mission to provide avenues into every possible subject, from Tibetan tangka paintings to photographs of Mars, for our students and for everyone who lives in or visits Ithaca.

 

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