Perched atop a slope overlooking Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, designed by I.M. Pei in 1973, is a landmark of modern architecture as well as an iconic presence on the campus of Cornell University. On October 15, 2011, the museum unveils a sympathetic expansion and renovation program designed to more comprehensively showcase the museum’s permanent collection, which has grown nearly four-fold since the early ‘70s, and accommodate further growth. As part of the program, the fifth-floor galleries of the Pei building have been greatly expanded to display many more treasures from the museum’s acclaimed Asian Art collection and an innovative visible storage gallery has been installed on the lowest public level of the original building to present more than a thousand objects, ranging in time and geographic reach from a Neolithic Chinese cylindrical vessel, ca. 3500 BC to a Betty Woodman pillow pitcher from the 20th century. The renovation has also made possible the creation of state-of-the-art collection storage areas.
View moreView full description