The Johnson Museum of Art

Poison Ivy update:  For those of you wondering, yesterday was my last day of taking prednisone (wohoo!) and now I’m a free woman! I’m not itchy anymore but the rash on my leg is still healing.

This Saturday, Flora Rose House organized another program, this one was a screen printing workshop at the Johnson Museum of Art.  We all met at the Baker Flag pole then walked up the slope to the museum:

The Johnson Museum was in fact designed by I.M.Pei, world famous architect and the same architect who designed the Louvre in Paris! (Shout-out to my architect father who educates me on these types of things)

I personally love drawing/visual arts so being in an art museum again made me excited! Screen printing involves using a silk screen and stencil to make multiple prints of the same images.  Andy Warhol popularized the screen printing technique, especially through the iconic image of Marilyn Monroe.  This summer I got a chance to see an original at the Princeton University Art Museum:

We first drew our designs on paper.  I had trouble coming up with an idea, so I decided to make this my design-what I doodle over and over in my notes/notebook:

Then we cut them out using an exacto knife:

This is what my friend did:

Then we adhered them to the screen, put paper under the image, and dragged ink across the screen-creating the final image (not shown because I had to leave it at the museum so it could dry! I haven’t gotten a chance to pick it up yet)

Cute view from the workroom

So you all know, admission to the Johnson is free to everyone and they have some really cool exhibitions going on right now, including:

  • Encountering the Floating World: Ukiyo-e and the West
  • Vietnamese Ceramics from the Menke Collection
  • Leo Villareal: The Cosmos
  • Roger Shimomura: Minidoka on my Mind
  • Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series

It turns out on Saturday I ran into Chris Yates, fellow Life on the Hill blogger, who works at the Johnson museum! I recommend looking at his blog too!


On a side note, a few nights ago I went to the dining hall for dinner like I do every day, and a woman I did not recognize approaches me and says, “are you Lauren”

“Yes,” I answer skeptically.

“Oh! I read your blog all the time!! My daughter is a prospective student and we’re visiting Cornell now!”

How cool is that? That a stranger could recognize me just from reading my blog.  This simple encounter made my day.  Nothing feels better than knowing people are reading this, so don’t be afraid to say hi if you recognize me on campus, even if you don’t know me.  I love it when my friends and family read my blog too-I’m also always looking for suggestions for future posts so don’t be afraid to speak up!



5 thoughts on “The Johnson Museum of Art

  1. Hey Lauren, I just wanted to thank you for writing this blog. As a Cornell alum it’s very interesting to see how current students are doing.

  2. For the record the Architects, Pei, Cobb, Freed and Associates are a Manhattan based NY firm and have done projects all over the US and in many places overseas. Two other notable US projects are the National Art Gallery on the Mall in Washington DC and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Loved your photo of the Johnson Museum, very architectural framing of the shot. Best wishes – Stefan.

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