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Sixfold Symmetry:
Pattern in Art and Science

Patterns, systems, and networks are all around us, and in this digital age we are increasingly aware of their influence on our lived experience. This exhibition explores some of the ways in which human beings create and manipulate patterns, and why we are intrinsically driven to do so. Patterns allow us to understand and predict complex natural and cultural phenomena, and to create artworks and other structures of surprising complexity and unity.
An interdisciplinary project, the show is co-curated by Rachel Roe-Dale, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Skidmore College, and Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, Tang Museum, and will feature collaborations by a number of Skidmore College faculty from across the disciplines to help investigate why the human brain discerns, designs, and desires pattern. Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science will include contemporary and historical artworks, artifacts, and material culture from around the world.
Exhibition Name
Sixfold Symmetry:
Pattern in Art and Science
Exhibition Type
Faculty Curated
Group Exhibitions
Place
Malloy Wing
Dates
Sep 17, 2016 - Mar 12
Curators
This exhibition is co-curated by Rachel Roe-Dale, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, Tang Museum, in collaboration with: Lisa Aronson, Professor Emeritus of Art History; Grace Burton, Associate Professor of Spanish; Michael Eckmann, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Rebecca Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychology; Elizabeth Macy, Visiting Professor of Music; Josh Ness, Associate Professor of Biology; Gregory Spinner, Teaching Professor in Religious Studies; and Sarah Sweeney, Associate Professor of Art.
Artists
Thomas Bangsted, Wilson A. Bentley, Janko Gravner and David Griffeath, Grace DeGennaro, Louise Despont, Victor Ekpuk, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Joel Fisher, Vera Molnar, Dean Snyder
Student Staff
Lucy Heisler
Collections Assistant, Exhibitions Intern
Erin Barry
Exhibitions Assistant, Exhibition Intern
Max Seiler
Exhibitions Assistant, Collections Assistant, Digital Media Assistant, Education Assistant for College and Public Programs
Evian Pan
Collections Assistant, The Carole Marchand '57 Endowed Intern, Tang Guide
Claire Bernson
Education Assistant for College and Public Programs, Tang Guide, Student Advisory Council, Exhibitions Assistant
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