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Upcoming exhibits

I have come across a slew of different exhibits featuring the combination of art and science, so I figured I’d throw them all into one post.

The first one is actually a lecture being put on November 10th by Ursinus College (in Collegeville, PA), titled “Science in Art: Technical Analyses of 17th Century Dutch Paintings.” According to the article, “Dr. Erich Uffelman of the Department of Chemistry, Washington and Lee University, will discuss the technical examinations used by the world’s major museums to arrive at informed interpretation of works of art.” There have been several recent breakthroughs in the scientific analysis and electronic imaging of works of art, so I’d be interested to see how on top of the recent technology he is.

On the other side of the U.S., the University of Arizona is currently hosting an exhibit on scientific images, chosen and put together by anthropology professor David Killick, and art curator Rachel Freer, who has an MA in art and an MS in textile technology and conservation. It says the images were submitted by UA students and staff as part of their cross-disciplinary IGERT progam, but they don’t say how much tweaking they have done to the images; I hope they haven’t done anything to them, since so many of these images are beautiful all by themselves.

The Huntington Library in southern California just opened a permanent exhibit titled “Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World.” It has taken a historical look at scientific imaging, from Ptolemy to fiber optics, and explored the artistry of the images as well as how those images compare to today’s science, and what effects they may have had on science in general.

For our international crew, the Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland, is opening its exhibition on Astronomy. Since it is the goal of Science Gallery to be as multidisciplinary as possible, ASTRO-EXPO 2008 will feature tie-ins to local Celtic history, art, and why exactly the average human should care about Astronomy.

In my neck of the woods, all we can seem to get is plastic humans or human relatives. Which is fine, but can’t we mix it up a little bit?



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.