Annual Exhibition Curated by Cornell’s History of Art Majors’ Society Examines the Status of the Icon


ITHACA, NY.- The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University presents iCON: Consuming the American Image, on view from March 19 to June 12, 2011. This exhibition, curated by the Cornell History of Art Majors’ Society, explores how the the status of an icon is suspended between an object of cultural consumption and a subject of social destabilization. “An icon’s meaning is never predetermined, but is devised by the values of the culture in which it operates,” said Kristen Ross ’11, one of the student curators and the group’s president. “An icon is symbolic of not one, but many meanings, whose often contradictory natures serve to broaden its cultural value.” The works exhibited in iCON: Consuming the American Image seek to expose the multiple and often contradictory meanings of the visual signs that inform and shape our individual and collective identities. In presenting