Saturday, 26 July 2014

Science-Art Exhibits for those in America

A big thanks has to go to botanical illustrator, Vicki Lee Johnston, for drawing my attention to this fabulous list of events and exhibitions and another big thanks has to go to Kalliopi Monoyios for writing such a fantastic article, of which I have reused a lot of the content and images.

So, for those of you who find yourself in America this summer you might be interested to know that there are a lot of science-art exhibitions happening across the region. So, for my American readers, here goes! 

Exhibitions in the north

Flower-forming cells in a small plant related to cabbage, by Sampathkumar and  Meyerowitz
June – November, 2014

Gateway Gallery
Between Concourse C and the AeroTrain C-Gates station
Washington Dulles International Airport
Washington, D.C.

Life: Magnified is an exhibit of scientific images showing cells and other scenes of life magnified by as much as 50,000 times. High-resolution versions of all 46 images in the collection are also featured in an online exhibit with longer captions than in the airport exhibit.
June 16 – August 22, 2014

AAAS Art Gallery
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.

Inspired by scientific and mathematical theories, hypotheses, and principles from Archimedes, the I Ching, geology, geometry, architecture, and more, the artists featured in GEDANKENEXPERIMENT have conducted their own thought experiments, resulting in the sculptural expressions—incorporating wood, metals, paper, computer parts, and limestone—featured in this show.

April 11 – August 31, 2014

Adamson Gallery
1515 Fourteenth Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C.

June 30 – August 25, 2014

The Scotch Plains Public Library
1927 Bartle Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ
Art in Science, which is on loan from Monmouth University, intends to express and highlight the beauty of science through images, drawings, and photos that are based on the research done by the Monmouth University faculty.
Solanum lycopersicum, © Asuka Hishiki

April 19 – September 21, 2014

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY

Respecting the beauty of the botanical world’s most bizarre flora, the New York Botanical Garden invited members of the American Society of Botanical Artists to create illustrations of visually unusual plants. The result is 46 fascinating paintings of unusual specimens that are now on display in the Ross Gallery.

April 19, 2014 – January 4, 2015

New York State Museum
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY

Focus on Nature XIII features 91 natural and cultural history illustrations, representing the work of 71 illustrators from 15 different countries.
October 16, 2013 – July 6, 2014

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

‘Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital’ will explore the many areas of 21st-century creativity that are now possible through advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication. Out of Hand will be the first major museum exhibition to examine this interdisciplinary trend through the pioneering works of more than 80 international artists, architects, and designers.

October 19, 2013 – October 12, 2014

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street

New York, NY
German naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) spent two years documenting the flora and fauna of Surinam, South America, creating the book Metamorphosis, from which this engraving is reproduced. © AMNH/D. Finnin
Featuring scientific illustrations spanning five centuries from the Museum’s Library this exhibition explores the integral role illustration has played in scientific discovery through 50 striking, large-format reproductions. Artists shown include Albrecht Dürer, Joseph Wolf, Moses Harris, John Woodhouse Audubon, and Maria Sibylla Merian.

June 15 – July 29, 2014

Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY

Louise Despont explores the act of drawing as a form of abstract meditation; employing and recasting a vocabulary of elements found within a set of architectural stencils and compasses, onto the pages of antique ledger books. For this exhibition, Despont has borrowed the geometries of beehives, gardens, and found architecture to offer balanced forms that engage the past and present as indicators and provocations. In view of colony collapse, and other environmental concerns, the Six Sided Force investigates the subtle architectures, seen and unseen, between nature and human influence.

July 11 – December, 2014

Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA
Water is most certainly one of our most precious resources – it makes life possible. By combining paint and sound, artists Anne Neely and Halsey Burgund, try to focus our attention on water and invite us to enquire into water’s unifying role in our world and the many ways we affect it.

November 21, 2013 – November 30, 2014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum
Building N51
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Melding art, science, history and technology, 5000 Moving Parts features sculptures by Anne Lilly, John Douglas Powers, Takis, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Arthur Ganson in collaboration with sound artist Christina Campanella. This exhibition looks at the wide range of kinetic art that is currently being made.

Exhibitions in the south

June 28 – July 26, 2014

916 Springdale Road
Building 2 #102
Austin, TX

The precise mechanics of Matt Norris and imaginative compositions of John Self combine in Lifecycles to create an ecosystem of interacting assemblage creatures. Both artists give new life to discarded objects — Norris with bicycle chain, nails and sheet metals; Self with “authentic garage sale artefacts”. Their art ties together the lifecycles of organisms with those of consumer products in this dual exhibition of sculptural work.
through September 7, 2014

Museum of Arts and Sciences
4182 Forsyth Road
Macon, GA

Black & Light features groundbreaking abrasion holograms by artist James Minden that employ the same physics as white-light or “rainbow” holograms. In essence, as a viewer moves around each piece of art, the item changes its appearance. Minden refers to his body of work as ‘light drawings’ because the surface is literally drawn or incised by hand. Using a compass, the artist scratches narrow radius-shaped grooves in a sheet of plastic that has been coated with a diluted matte medium. When light is reflected from the surface and grooves, the image appears to be three-dimensional. Remarkably, the exhibition gives each viewer a unique experience because no two people see the same thing at the same time.

Karen Kluglein© Franklinia alatamaha

August 30 – November 2, 2014

North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC

This major art exhibition includes forty-four original artworks based on the native plant discoveries made by John and William Bartram in their renowned and influential travels throughout the eastern wilderness between the 1730s and 1790s.

Exhibitions in the mid-west

June 6 – July 12, 2014

Packer Schopf Gallery
942 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL

Nature² features work by sculptor Victoria Fuller. Direct depictions of organic elements – whether among earth and grass or human-implemented industrial piping – allow Fuller to investigate systems impacted by man’s activity in a widely-understandable manner. Though distinct, Fuller’s newer sculpture remains interconnected with her found object-based artwork. Each body of work informs the other, fully illuminating the universal experience of life on earth.
Object Permanence on the other hand features work by Michael Dinges. Dinges works primarily in the tradition of the 19th century sailor’s art of scrimshaw and the soldier’s folk art style of trench art in order to explore the legacy of the industrial revolution and its effects on society.

Exhibitions in the west

May 16 – September 21, 2014

Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA
This unique exhibition explores the history and evolution of paper folding. Over 140 works by 45 master folders from around the world—from countries as diverse as Japan, the United States, Uruguay, and Russia—showcase the power of origami and its modern-day application in the field of engineering, design, fashion, and the global peace movement.

July 2014

Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
Joseph Rossano’s interactive BOLD* sculpture series interprets the work of innovative biodiversity scientists including Dr. Daniel H. Janzen. Sculptured and silvered polyurethane butterflies and Moorea reef fish, and lacquered sea life abstractions are the core of Rossano’s exhibition.
*BOLD shares the acronym of Barcode of Life Datasystems - the Canadian repository for the International Barcode of Life project, for which Janzen is a passionate proponent and contributor.

Jeholornis prima on a Bennettitalean trunk by Michael Rothman © Acrylic on paper
April 30 – September 25, 2014

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Henderson Building
15th and Broadway
Boulder, CO
The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is presenting the 2014 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2014 Annual Members Exhibit. This juried exhibition represents the finest in contemporary scientific illustration by members of the GNSI - a nonprofit organization dedicated to the practice of scientific illustration.

April 9 – August 3, 2014

Cantor Arts Center
Museum Way and Lomita Drive
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

James Chang fell in love with the Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford when he was an undergraduate. Later, while training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine, he visited the Cantor Arts Center with his family on Thursday evenings, where they would enjoy dinner in the café and then the art. His fascination for the work of the famous French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) grew as Dr. Chang saw signs in the sculptures of the medical conditions he was learning to identify. Now as a professor in Stanford’s medical school, he shows images of Rodin’s sculptures of hands to medical students and hand surgery trainees, asking them to make diagnoses and hoping the artworks will make learning more fun and memorable.

April 12, 2014 – September, 2016
Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA
Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists. This exhibition is the largest, most diverse living exhibit ever created to showcase these amazing animals.

February 7, 2013 – September 6, 2014

Anchorage Museum
625 C Street
Anchorage, AK

With stunning visual impact and an astonishing array of ocean trash, internationally recognized artists create works of art for this exhibition from debris collected from beaches around the world. Plastic packaging in a throwaway culture finds its way into our ocean biosphere and then into the hands of artists. Our oceans and beaches are awash in plastic pollution propelled by gyre (rotating ocean currents). The exhibition explores the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption.

Exhibitions Abroad

June 5 – July 25, 2014

Future Space Gallery
The Royal Institution of Australia
55 Exchange Place

Stem Cell Stories celebrates the beauty in regenerative medicine research. The images include drawings, patient portraits and research images, which help patients communicate the difficulties they face dealing with disease, or assess the merits of emerging stem cell or regenerative medicine treatments.

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