BIENNIAL’S ART AND
“Art:21 [producers of the PBS series
‘Art in the 21st Century’] came to campus
with an interest in Kimsooja’s project
as an innovative collaboration and a
new direction for the artist,” said CCA
Director, Stephanie Owens. “They’re
producing a documentary on the project
and the nano fabrication process used
to make the iridescent polymer on its
surface for PBS.” A screening on campus
may happen in the spring,” she said.
Fostering interaction between artists
and scientists on collaborative projects,
the biennial explored creativity and
research on the micro scale. The event was
conceived to underscore the importance
of the arts in a research university setting,
highlighting the participation of faculty
and students; and to raise Cornell’s
profile in the arts internationally.
“The needle was the biggest
investment on the part of the university,
and it has had the most impact, for the
number of people it touched,” Owens
said of the biennial’s centerpiece. “A lot
of people have expressed affection for it.
I’ve had several comments from students,
saying ‘it’s nice to see art on the Arts
Originally scheduled to come down
in December, the 46-foot-tall structure will
remain through the spring.
Ulrich Wiesner (MSE, left) and Marty Murtagh, (Adjunct Professor in MSE,
right) during the construction of Kimsooja’s “A Needle Woman” sculpture.