Johnson Museum of Art


Opened in 1973, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca is home to one of the finest collections of ancient and modern art in Upstate New York. Designed by noted architect I.M. Pei, the building, a work of art itself, won the prestigious American Institute of Architects Honor award in 1975.

The museum’s collection includes over 35,000 works or art that span nearly six millennia of art history from around the world. A variety of exhibitions are held throughout the year. “Cosmos,” an ongoing computer controlled installation in the ceiling of the Mallin Sculpture Court, is a dazzling display of light imagery visible day and night. Created by artist Leo Villareal, and containing 12,000-lights, “Cosmos” is an homage to the late Cornell astronomy professor Carl Sagan.

A visit to the Johnson Museum of Art, with its vast art collections and spectacular view of Cayuga Lake, creates a truly memorable experience. The museum is open to all, free of charge, and is another essential stop on New York’s Path Through History.

Video of Cosmos Exhibit Courtesy of:
Lindsay France
University Communications
Cornell University