Math in the Museum: Math Trails in the Galleries

A rough six by six grid of layered shapes which resemble squares that have been turned, squeezed, or stretched out of perfect regularity.
Vera Molnar, Structure de Quadrilateres (Square Structures), 1985, computer drawing on paper, 11 ¼ x 11 ¼ inches, Tang Teaching Museum collection, 2019.24

Come explore Tang exhibitions through a math-y lens! Join us on Monday, May 1, from 4:30 to 6 pm for “Math Trails,” which students in MA 116: Math in the Museum created for the Tang’s current exhibitions, Parallax: Framing the Cosmos and Christine Sun Kim: Oh Me Oh My. This self-guided Trail allows visitors to explore the shows via a series of math problems that help expand the connections between math and art, and engage the works in a different light.

MA116: Math in the Museum is taught by Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator (and lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics). Math in the Museum: Art and Math Trails is the culminating project for students in the class. Working in teams, they developed the Trail’s math questions and solutions.

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