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Landscapes of the Mind

Landscapes of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain brings together two seemingly disparate worlds – the studio and the laboratory – to foster new connections between art and the neuroscience of mind. The four artists featured here, Susan Aldworth, Jessica Rankin, Katy Schimert, and Andrew Carnie, take as their starting point images produced by modern neuroanatomical techniques that visualize the brain’s dramatic interior. While neuroscientists create images for research that are at once technically revealing and aesthetically pleasing, these artists provoke further dialogue by asking larger questions about thought, memory, and consciousness, metaphorically opening a window on the mind.

Co-curated by Professor of Psychology Betty Zimmerberg and Interim Associate Curator Kathryn Price, Landscapes of the Mind underscores the Williams College Museum of Art’s commitment to multidisciplinary approaches to looking and thinking about art.

Above image: Katy Schimert (American, b. 1963), A Woman’s Brain, 1994–95; wire mesh, straight pins, wool, electrical wiring, sockets, and bulbs. Williams College Museum of Art; Gift of Patricia and Frank Kolodny. (M.2008.18.3)

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