Academic journal article Human Ecology

Cornell Reorganizes Its Committee to Review Public Art

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Cornell Reorganizes Its Committee to Review Public Art

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Ever since the early twentieth century, when bronze statues of Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White were installed on the Arts Quad, Cornell's campus has had a long tradition of public art. When the College of Human Ecology proposed an art installation designed by Jenny Sabin, however, the process for proceeding was unclear.

The Committee on Outdoor Art at Cornell, which had been on hiatus for nearly a decade, was reconfigured and unanimously approved plans for Sabin's "Polyform" last September. "That was a really good early test case for us," says Stephanie Wiles, the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and co-chair of the committee. "The committee had recently been reorganized, and Sabin's project was a great opportunity to work with a faculty artist."

The mission of the 13-member committee is to facilitate the review of public art on campus, develop a set of policies that will support appropriate choices of public art, and ensure that art on campus is properly installed and maintained, says David Cutter '85, University Landscape Architect and co-chair of the committee. …

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