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Beauty and the Brain
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I am proud to be part of the team that helped put together the exhibition Beauty and the Brain Revealed currently on display at the AAAS Gallery. The exhibition builds on a 2010 collaboration between the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University and the Walters Art Museum to examine how the brain perceives abstract sculpture. As part of the experience, viewers can put on a pair of 3D glasses to explore digitally morphed versions of sculpture and learn how 3D shape characteristics relate to your own aesthetic preferences!

The interactive exhibition explores the aesthetic theory of “significant form,” which includes the idea that certain aesthetic experiences are the same, independent of time, place, history, or culture. Through the generosity of collectors Drs. Susan and James Weiss, the AAAS Gallery was given the very special opportunity to display Conscient de sa beauté (Conscious of her beauty), 1957, a bronze sculpture by Jean (Hans) Arp, against the backdrop of this exciting research, which draws upon Arp’s work. 

Here is a video of  Exhibition PI, Dr. Charles “Ed” Connor (Director, Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University) and our Guest Curator, Dr. Gary Vikan, (Vikan Consulting LLC, former Director of the Walters Art Museum) discussing Beauty and the Brain.

You can also read more about the exhibition in this blog post from the Dana Foundation. 

Beauty and the Brain Revealed is on display in the AAAS Art Gallery, 1200 New York Ave. NW, weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through January 3, 2014.


Image Chris Bickel


Posted 29 Oct 2013 2:42 PM by Maria Sosa