Making Life Visible: Art, Biology, and Visualization

11 a.m.–5 p.m. — Current Exhibition (Closes on June 10, 2018)

Noon–1 p.m. — Exhibition Tour

4–5 p.m. — Exhibition Tour

Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts

An exhibition for all ages.

About the Exhibition

 

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Participating artists:

And historical works by:

  • Ernst Haeckel (German, 1834-1919)
  • Jacob Hoefnagel (Flemish, 1575-1630) with Joris (Georgii) Hoefnagel (Flemish, 1542-1601)
  • Martin Frobenius Ledermüller (German, 1719-1769)
  • Joseph Leidy (American, 1823-1891)
  • Maria Sibylla Merion (German, 1647-1717)
  • Don Antonio Parra (Portuguese, 1739-??)
  • Titian Peale (American, 1799-1885)

Curated by Dr. Lesley Wright, Director, and Dr. Jonathan "Jackie" Brown, Professor of Biology.

About the Tour Guides

Jackie Brown, professor, biology department, and Lesley Wright, director, Faulconer Gallery, will lead (if they are available) a tour of Making Life Visible: Art, Biology, and Visualization.

The exhibition, which they cocurated, explores the processes of visualization and description in art and biology by featuring work by 16 contemporary artists and scientists, as well as historical material from the 16th to 19th centuries.

In the past, biologists and artists had similar training in observation and drawing. Though the fields have diverged, individual practitioners on both sides continue to draw inspiration from one another, finding new ideas in the process of creating images. The exhibition asks: what do artists and biologists see, and how do their ways of seeing challenge and stimulate one another? Exhibition subjects range from molecules and cells, to organisms and ecosystems, and the artists/scientists work in labs, studios, museums, and in the field. Funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DEB-1457741).  

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