Time as Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science

Museum debuts original exhibition and new acquisitions by Luis Camnitzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Mosse, and Tomás Saraceno.

Wonder—as experience and action—is cultivated mutually through science and art, and contemporary practices in both fields are more kindred than ever. In fact, their synergies have led in recent years to more overt cross-references as well as fruitful and inventive collaborations between artists and scientists. The source of inspiration for this particular exhibition is a selection of artists who desire to understand, question and describe the subject of time: as scientific fact, as relative experience, as aesthetic archive.

The topic is timely as ongoing discussions of STEAM curriculum reverberate in our schools. The preciousness of time is also amplified by growing concerns about the environment and global mortality from a macro perspective to a micro vantage point as individuals struggle to make sense of a faster-paced, connected world where everything runs on the 24-hour news cycle and where the Internet offers an endless network of hyperlinks.

Julie Mehretu (b. 1970) Epigraph, Damascus, 2016, Photogravure, sugar lift aquatint, spit bite aquatint, open bite on Hahnemühle Bütten 350 gr.
The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College © 2017 Julie Mehretu. Image courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

The exhibition includes artists: Darren Almond, Lucas Arruda, Rosa Barba, Luis Camnitzer, Julia Dault, Tacita Dean, Noah Doely, Spencer Finch, Camille Henrot, On Kawara, Tom LaDuke, Julie Mehretu, Trevor Paglen, Howardena Pindell, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Dawn Roe, Tomás Saraceno, Xaviera Simmons, Sarah Sze, Sara VanDerBeek, and Lawrence Weiner.  

Rosa Barba, "The Color Out of Space," 2015, 5 colored glass filters, steel base, HD video, color, sound, 36 min.
Installation view at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA, 2015, ©Rosa Barba, VG Bild-Kunst, Photo: Peter Harris.

For her powerful work, The Color Out of Space (2015), Berlin-based Rosa Barba engaged in a yearlong collaboration with scientists at the Hirsch Observatory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The resulting installation with its film and sculptural components is a meditation on scientific inquiry and an interrogation of geologic time in human terms. Barba’s work is one of several significant loans included in the exhibition. The exhibition also includes several new acquisitions, such as the important photograph, Idomeni Camp, Greece by New York-based artist Richard Mosse. With a military-grade infrared camera, Mosse documents a temporary refugee camp. The resulting photograph, produced with a telephoto lens that senses heat, presents a haunting document of the plight of refugees and the lack of permanency in their lives.

Richard Mosse (b. 1980) Idomeni Camp, Greece, 2016 Digital c-print on metallic paper
The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College © Richard Mosse. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Time as Landscape provides a framework for interdisciplinary engagement. The Museum’s contemporary collection, as well as the Smith Watch Key Collection, will be positioned in a new context to inspire discussion around historic objects and their relationship to the contemporary. Recent acquisitions of work by Julie Mehretu, Tomás Saraceno, Richard Mosse, and Luis Camnitzer will debut in the exhibition. The Alfond Inn at Rollins, the Museum’s satellite contemporary space, will simultaneously unveil a newly commissioned installation by Tomás Saraceno. Curated by Amy Galpin and Abigail Ross Goodman, Time as Landscape will be accompanied by a catalogue.  The catalogue will include essays by the curators and Trevor Paglen’s text “Geographies of Time.”

Tacita Dean (b. 1965) JG (offset) 1 of 14, 2013, Handmade archival offset print
Courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, and Niels Borch Jensen Gallery.


Set on the Rollins College campus overlooking beautiful Lake Virginia, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. Its broad scope holdings of more than 5,500 objects range from antiquity through contemporary and include the only European Old Masters collection in the Orlando area, a sizable American art collection, and the forward-looking Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. The Alfond Collection is shown both at the museum and at The Alfond Inn at Rollins a few blocks from campus, a visionary philanthropic boutique hotel whose proceeds help fund student scholarships.  For additional information, call 407.646.2526 or visit www.rollins.edu/cfam. "Like" CFAM on Facebook and follow on Instagram @cfamrollins as well as Twitter @cfamrollins.


Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida's oldest college. Located in Winter Park, near Orlando, Rollins is consistently ranked as one of the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to full-time undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts, Rollins offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs for working adults through its evening program at the Hamilton Holt School and graduate business degree programs through its Crummer Graduate School of Business, which has been ranked a top MBA program by Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek. Rollins serves approximately 3,200 degree-seeking students annually. For more information, visit www.rollins.edu. "Like" Rollins on Facebook and follow on Twitter @RollinsCollege.

Museum Location
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College 
1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789-4499

Museum Hours
Tuesday: 10 am-7 pm
Wednesday-Friday: 10 am-4 pm
Saturday-Sunday: noon-5 pm
Closed Mondays, major holidays, and during installation periods

CFAM Public Tours
Free staff-led tours on Saturdays at 1 pm
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Museum Admission
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Alfond Inn Location
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300 East New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

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