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Built in 1973, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art was designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei. It contains 35,000 works of art within the African, Asian-Pacific, decorative, American, European, modern and contemporary, photographic, and prints/and drawings categories. The collection includes works by Durer, Goyas, Degas, Matisse, O'Keefe, Warhol and many other famous artists. A 16,000 square foot addition was built in 2001.


  • The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art was built in 1968 and expanded in 2001. It houses a large collection of 35,000 works of art from around the world.

The building's architecture, with its fifth floor cantilevered over the sculpture garden, gives the museum a unique appearance. The design had to comply with the request from the university that the museum could not block the view of the lake. It is also situated on a knoll, which limited the size of its footprint. The 2001 expansion is largely invisible from the outside, as it is mostly located underground.

Sullivan, John. "The design of the Johnson Museum of Art: A Recollection." http://museum.cornell.edu/about/about-building.