In our September issue, we shared a resource guide inspired by Disposable Culture, an art exhibit at AAAS headquarters. We thought that our readers might also be interested in a few other science-focused art exhibits.
One is Focus on Nature (FON), a biennial exhibition of scientific, natural and cultural history. It began in 1990 in conjunction with the Northeast Natural History Conference. Artworks considered for inclusion must accurately represent the subjects, or research results and processes.
The current exhibition is open through December 31, 2012 in the Photography Gallery of the New York State Museum in Albany, NY. It features 93 natural history illustrations, representing the work of 72 illustrators. You can Download the Catalog to view the natural history illustrations now on display and to read individual artist commentaries regarding the significance, science and artistry behind their work.
Another is "African Cosmos: Stellar Arts," at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 9 at the National Museum of African Art, includes100 objects from antiquity to the present day, and is co-sponsored by South Africa's Department of Science and Technology. In paintings, carvings, masks and mixed-media works, it examines human relations with the sun, moon, stars and celestial phenomena, and centers on themes in cultural astronomy. If you can't make it to Washington, DC, the beautiful online exhibit is quite satisfying and instructive.
Finally, if you are interested in the intersection of science and art, you might like our Pinterest board called "Art and Science"
27 Sep 2012 4:33 PM