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The crystal ball from "The Wizard of Oz" in Kroch Library.

Things to Do, May 25-June 1

Museum marks 45 years

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art opened on campus 45 years ago this week, on May 23, 1973. The exhibition “Highlights from the Collection: 45 Years at the Johnson” opened in January to celebrate the anniversary of the I. M. Pei-designed building and the evolution of the museum’s permanent collection.

Complementing the art on view throughout the museum, the exhibition continues through July 22, offering a glimpse of the riches and diversity of the collection, from pre-Columbian art of Ecuador and Mexico to new contemporary works from around the world.

‘Bewitch’d’ at open house

Exhibition galleries in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) in Kroch Library will be open during Cornell’s 2018 Commencement weekend, Saturday, May 26, 1-5 p.m.

Visitors can see the crystal ball from “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). Once believed lost, it has been fitted with technology to display images from the film and mounted on a replica of its original base, complete with carvings of winged monkeys. It is on loan to Cornell through June 25 from Jay ’77 and Eileen Walker ’76, MBA ’78.

The crystal ball is in the rotunda at the entry to “The World Bewitch’d” in Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Kroch Library Level 2B, featuring treasures from the Cornell Witchcraft Collection. Initiated by the university’s first president, Andrew Dickson White, it is now the largest such collection in North America, with more than 3,000 items documenting the belief in witchcraft and the history of persecution of accused witches.

Enter through Olin Library to visit Kroch Library’s lower level. The witchcraft exhibition is open to the public through Aug. 31, and RMC and the gallery are open weekdays during the summer, except Memorial Day and July 4. A Saturday open house is set for June 9, during Reunion.

Fun food science: microbes, biofuel

Science on Tap presents “The Science of Food: Energy Resources, Food Waste and Health!” Wednesday, May 30,7-9 p.m. at Casita Del Polaris, 1201 N. Tioga St., Ithaca. Admission is free and open to ages 21 and up.

Doctoral student in food science Sarah Murphy presents “Are you SURE you want to eat that? Food, microbes and you!” and Kathleen Hefferon, a postdoctoral Fulbright fellow in food science, will discuss securing food and energy resources from food waste in “How to Build a Better Biofuel.”

Each month, Science on Tap’s informal summer series is featuring two early-career scientists involved in the latest research at Cornell, explaining how their studies relate to real-world issues. Upcoming programs are “The Science of Innovation,” June 27; “The Science of Light,” July 25; and “The Science of Plants and Sustainability,” Aug. 29. The fall semester series begins Sept. 26.

Science on Tap is an initiative of Graduate Women in Science and sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, Cornell Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST), the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement and Northstar House.


The Boyce Thompson Institute will host Art@BTI, a free reception featuring art, science and wine, Thursday, May 31, 5-7 p.m. at 533 Tower Road, Ithaca. It is free and open to the public.

The event includes a complimentary wine bar and hors d’oeuvres from Agava, presentations by the featured artist and a BTI faculty member, a greenhouse tour and an art raffle. Register online or call 607-288-3554. For accommodations to attend, contact Marissa Zuckerman.

A piece from the "Juxtaposition of Light and Texture" at the Boyce Thompson Institute.

The institute invites the local community to learn more about research being conducted at BTI while showcasing the current exhibition, “Juxtaposition of Light and Texture,” featuring floral and architectural images by photographer and retired Ithaca science teacher Nancy V. Ridenour.

Associate professor Joyce Van Eck will present her current research at BTI on two specialty fruit crops, groundcherry and goldenberry, as sources of untapped economic potential for New York state agriculture.

Supplier show

More than 100 suppliers and vendors are expected at the annual supplier show hosted by Procurement Services, Friday, June 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Barton Hall. Register to attend.

Members of the Cornell community can meet the university’s contract suppliers and learn about their products and services, and savings available to Cornell departments. Vendor booths will represent diverse offerings, from lab supplies and audiovisual equipment to web design.

The event includes a drawing for door prizes (those registering by 9 a.m. May 25 are eligible), and Cornell Dining will have lunch and grab-and-go items available for purchase.

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Lindsey Hadlock