Hobart and William Smith Colleges' art department proudly welcomes Robert Cumming at Houghton House
(Jan. 7, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—From the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to the Museum Abteiberg, in Germany, Robert Cumming's artwork has been enjoyed around the world. Cumming, known for his ability to question perception in all his work, will speak about his art in a presentation called “Walks through Imaginary Cities” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, in Houghton House Room 212 on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Cumming's early ability in art was spurred on when as a young boy he won a drawing contest sponsored Boston Sunday Herald. By the 1970s, he began to attract widespread attention with his staged photographs that used objects to construct hypothetical realities. Since then his virtuosity has expanded to media including painting, printmaking and sculpture. His work has been exhibited internationally in Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal and Yugoslavia, as well as throughout the U.S., including at the Smithsonian Institution and Whitney Museum of American Art. Cumming's work and life story have been chronicled in several publications, most recently by Sylvia Wolf in her book “Visions from America.” He holds a bachelor's degree from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Mass., and a master's degree from University of Illinois, in Champaign, Ill.
“In Robert Cumming's universe, the forces of order and the forces of chaos are locked in struggle. Not only is it impossible to tell whether either is winning, it's hard even to tell the two apart. Cumming's method is to focus attention on what he calls 'perceptual glitches'–test cases at the extremes of meaning,” said Chuck Hagen in a critique that appeared in Artforum.