Dunkerley Dialogue with Alyson Shotz, Mary Crone Odekon, and Rachel Roe-Dale

A large, twisting, knot-like metal sculpture appears to twist in midair above seating in a three-story atrium.
View of instillation of Alyson Shotz’s Entanglement, 2022, in the Glotzbach Atrium of the Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences. Photo by Nicholas Knight.

Join us on Thursday, November 17, at 6 pm in the Glotzbach Atrium at the Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS), for a Dunkerley Dialogue with artist Alyson Shotz, whose new work Entanglement, 2022, is installed in Skidmore’s new Center for Integrated Sciences. Shotz will be in dialogue with Professor and Chair of Physics Mary Crone Odekon, and Professor of Math Rachel Roe-Dale.

Dunkerley Dialogues pair Skidmore professors with artists in a conversation format, which is often a catalyst for new connections and understandings across disciplines, and can spark new ideas for all participants. Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ’80.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Speakers

Alyson Shotz is an artist who works across media, including sculpture, photography, and video. She recently had a solo project at Grace Farms Foundation in Connecticut and was included in the recent exhibition Line of Wit at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. She has also been included in exhibitions such as The More Things Change, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Art and Space at the Guggenheim Bilbao, Contemplating the Void and The Shapes of Space, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Light and Landscape, Storm King Art Center, and Living Color, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and Pattern: Follow the Rules at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. She has had solo exhibitions at the Tang Teaching Museum in 2003, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis; The Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College; The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; and Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo, among others. Shotz was an Arts Institute Research Fellow at Stanford University in 2014- 2015, a Sterling Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 2012, she received a Pollock Krasner Award in 1999 and 2010, the Saint Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in 2007, and was the 2005-2006 Happy and Bob Doran Artist in Residence at Yale University Art Gallery. Her work is included in numerous public collections, such as the Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Guggenheim Bilbao; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others. Alyson Shotz lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary Crone Odekon is Professor and Chair of Physics Department at Skidmore College, where she studies the formation of galaxies and large-scale structure in the universe. She has approached this problem using computer simulations as well as data from a variety of telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Arecibo Radio Observatory. Dr. Odekon teaches across the curriculum, having developed over twenty distinct courses. She currently serves on the Lever Press Editorial Board, the board of the Astronomical Society of New York, and Dudley Observatory Board. She earned a BS from the College of William and Mary and a PhD from the University of Michigan, and has also worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of Pittsburgh.

Rachel Roe-Dale is Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and Director of the First-Year Experience at Skidmore College. She received her PhD at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a dissertation entitled Quantitative Models in Cancer Chemotherapy. She also holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from RPI and a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Maryville College, Maryville, TN. Her research interests include mathematical biology and medicine, modeling physical systems, and quantitative literacy. In 2016, she co-curated Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science at the Tang, her first foray into curating. Roe-Dale served on the faculty advisory group for the exhibition Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science at the Tang, and she co-teaches the Skidmore course “Math in the Museum,” a quantitative reasoning course that explores the connections between mathematics and art.

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Dunkerley Dialogue with Alyson Shotz, Mary Crone Odekon, and Rachel Roe-Dale
Artist Alyson Shotz speaks with Professor and Chair of Physics Mary Crone Odekon, and Professor of Math Rachel Roe-Dale about her new work “Entanglement,” which is permanently installed in Skidmore’s new Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences.
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