When you first see the concrete building, you might wonder how it even manages to stay upright! Situated at the precipice of a 1000-foot knoll, the abstract building is a mix of beauty and incongruity. The main tower seems sturdy enough, however the large terrace juts out almost defiantly over a smaller structure below. Two large columns save the terrace from self-destruction. The building's design was created with the hopes of placing a large-enough building on a relatively small plot of land without completely blocking sightlines to the beauty around the site. As you can see, the 60,000 square-foot building does just this while meeting the University's needs of both the museum and classroom education.
Inside the Museum is more art than you can imagine. They hold more than 35,000 works in their collection, and display a number of Exhibitions inside. Right now (through December 22), there are five different exhibitions:
- Encountering the Floating World: Ukiyo-E and the West - Japanese prints and how they have influenced Western art
- Vietnamese Ceramics From the Menke Collection - 50 ceramics dating from 700-43 BC through the 1600's
- Roger Shimomura: Minidoka on My Mind - Shimomura's paintings reflecting his family's time at Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho durin WWII
- Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series - 40 works from the New York-based artist
- Sequoia: Recent Work by Slater Bradley - photos and drawings that explore the line between truth and fiction, focusing on memory and obsession
Upcoming, confirmed exhibitions include:
- Beyond Earth Art - focusing on natural resources (opens January 25, 2014)
- Enticing the Eye/Exploring the Frame - exploring how artists present their subjects (opens April 19, 2014)
- Jie: Boundaries of Self in Contemporary Art From Taiwan - exploring how art reflects the island's globalization (opens August 16, 2014)
- Surrealism and Magic - paintings and works exploring collector Kurt Seligmann's interest in magic, spirituality, and the arcane (opens August 30, 2014)
You can find the museum at 114 Central Avenue in Ithaca, just over 12 miles from the comfort of my Trumansburg bed and breakfast. The Museum is regularly open from 10am-5pm every Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays). Special hours may apply on and around holidays, so be sure to check before you try to visit if a holiday is imminent.