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Behind the Scenes– Part 2

Delighted from my collaborative role in the morning, I came back to the gallery that afternoon to help with the wall drawing. I had seen photos of Oedipal Blind Spot when it was exhibited at other locations, and thus had a general impression of its scale and complexity. It was a beautiful artwork in the photos, but it looked truly stunning even in its early stages when I saw it in person. Katy Schimert had already drawn the outlines of…

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A Symposium!

Come to WCMA on Saturday from 1 to 5 pm!  This symposium brings together artists and neuroscientists for an afternoon of talks and discussions about creativity, visualizing the brain, and finding connections where art and science meet.

Students will be available at noon to guide visitors through Landscapes of the Mind.

See you there!

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Family Day!

Don’t forget about Family Day…Saturday, March 6 from 1 to 4pm. 

What would it feel like to be inside a brain? Find out in the exhibition, Landscapes of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain, where you can watch brightly colored neurons grow like tree branches. The invisible workings of the mind become visible in contemporary sculptures, installation, prints, and embroidery. This family program offers student-led tours of the exhibition, mind games, artmaking projects, and mind-blowing activities by Williams professors Betty…

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Two Worlds

We inhabit two worlds, each exquisite and sublime, each complete unto itself, but sundered from the other.  Our anxiety over the mysterious duality of it, over the intractable irreconcilability between the two, our puzzlement and, for some of us, regret, well, these are matched only by our confidence that we really are in two places, and that it must be so, that we know it with certainty.

The two worlds, of course, are, firstly: the internal world of waking, living, experiencing…

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Behind the Scenes – Part 1

I was fortunate enough to play a small role in helping Katy Schimert install her wall drawing, Oedipal Blind Spot, at WCMA. It was a fascinating experience to get to know a working artist and not only learn about, but literally take part in, her creative process. When Katie Price, co-curator of Landscapes of the Mind, asked me if I would be interested in helping Katy install her piece, I was incredibly flattered but also unsure if I had heard…

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‘On Neuroscience and the Arts’

Thank you to all who came to the Season Premiere Party last Thursday!  Despite the terrible weather it was a record turnout.  If you were there, you know that our speakers Betty Zimmerberg, Bernie Rhie, Olga Shevchenko, and John Stomberg gave incredibly engaging talks.

Don’t miss today’s Interdisciplinary Gallery Talk  at 4pm  with Joe Cruz, Associate Professor of Philosophy; Andrea Danyluk, Acting Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Computer Science; and Safa Zaki, Associate Professor of Psychology

Below is the talk…

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Art and Neuroscience

Landscapes of the Mind is one of several exhibitions in the last few years that have explored the connections between neuroscience and art. Suzanne Anker and Giovanni Frazzetto recently published an article in the prestigious journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience (November 2009) defining the influence of neuroscience findings into the public consciousness as “neuroculture.”

We see Landscapes of the Mind as a continuation of the dialogue between these two creative fields. It is understandable and valuable for society that artists are interpreting findings from neuroscience…

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Saddle up!

Another new show is up:
Remington’s Bronco Buster: From Art Icon to Pop Icon.

As if you needed another reason to come to WCMA’s Season Premiere Party coming up this Thursday evening.

Well, okay, if you really do need another reason to come to the party, here’s this: We’re having an interdisciplinary gallery talk at 5:30 pm about Landscape and Memory with Williams professors Bernie Rhie and Olga Shevchenko and WCMA’s Deputy Director John Stomberg. Of course co-curators Betty Zimmerberg and Kathryn Price…

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Landscapes of the Mind: The “brain” child of a Williams Professor

The night before Landscapes of the Mind opened to the public I dreamed that I walked into the gallery with my partner and some friends. All the works were back in boxes, and Richard, one of the preparators, was up on the ladder painting the walls. In shock, I thought of all the work that had gone into installing the show that month now lost. Waking, I had to convince myself that it was a dream. I never had the classic professor anxiety…

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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…

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