It’s been an unusual winter in Ithaca—not much snow, and temperatures ranging from the single digits to the mid-50s. The only thing for sure is that the days are getting longer and the ice on Beebe Lake is mostly melted.
In January, the new Klarman Hall opened on the Arts Quad. It is the first new humanities building on campus in more than 100 years—yes, you heard that right—and is located behind Goldwin Smith Hall. This spectacular light-filled structure contains faculty offices, seminar rooms, an atrium, an auditorium, and the relocated Temple of Zeus. You can access Klarman Hall from East Avenue or from Goldwin Smith. Check out photos of Klarman Hall here.
Construction is underway in New York City at Cornell’s Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island, with the steel for the first building already in place. Prior to tearing down the old Goldwater Hospital on the island, Cornell worked with art conservators to locate, remove and conserve several murals in the hospital that were commissioned during the 1930’s as part of President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA.) The WPA employed thousands of artists between 1935-45 to create public art. The four artists chosen for the hospital project each painted a mural in the hospital’s public rooms. One mural had been uncovered in 2001, and two were discovered in 2013 under layers of hospital paint. One mural was never found. Over the past few years these murals have been cleaned and restored, and the mural panels are now on display at Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art. The murals will eventually be installed at the new Cornell Tech campus. To learn more about this fascinating project, click here. To see the murals, visit the Museum’s website here.
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President [Notable] Class of ‘74