The Migrations visiting artist program hosts anticolonial and antiracist artists who engage university and community members in collaboration with Cornell's Johnson Museum of Art.
Learn more about our focus on racism, dispossession, and migration, supported by the Mellon Foundation's Just Futures Initiative.
Precious Okoyomon is a Nigerian American poet, sculptor, and avant-garde chef. Okoyomon will present a participatory talk exploring themes of migration, dispossession, and redress on September 1 at 5:15 in the Johnson Museum of Art or virtually.
Okoyomon’s large-scale, immersive artworks are concerned with the entangled fate of humans, plants, and animal species as they move from place to place across the planet. Approaching art making like a poet, Okoyomon mines the metaphorical associations of all manner of found objects and raw materials—from kudzu vine to lambswool—to elicit new reflections upon our complex, interconnected histories.
Guadalupe Maravilla is an acclaimed visual artist, choreographer, and healer who first came to the United States as a result of the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s. Now a U.S. citizen, Maravilla's performances, sculptural objects, and drawings trace the history of his own displacement and that of others. Watch Maravilla's talk at the Johnson Museum of Art.
In 2021, Nicholas Galanin—Tlingit and Unangax̂ multidisciplinary artist and musician from Alaska—participated in the Art and Environmental Struggle exhibition. The exhibition emphasized the effects of colonialism and neocolonialism with works of art that call attention to the consequences of environmental damage on the food production, security, cultural independence, and general well-being of communities that have historically contributed the least to the current crisis.
We also invited artist Santee Smith, a renowned Kahnyen'kehàka multidisciplinary artist, to perform at the exhibit.