Pop Microscopy

Pop Microscopy

Microscopy: an art? Yes, if it is pop. Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science towards the Future: A Travelling Show at the University of Florida, June 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

 

From June 1st to the end of 2018, Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science towards the Future will become a traveling exhibit. Through beautiful images of cells, molecules, organs and tissues, this show will bring art and science together to uncover Mother Nature’s deepest and most beautiful secrets. You are invited to explore the intrinsic beauty of nature all around campus.

In the next six months, the 20 pieces will rotate amongst these locations:

 

Fourth show: October 4-November 7

 

  • Center for Arts in Medicine (FAD): Antigua
  • Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research (UST): Radici
  • Department of Chemistry (JHH): Green Sleeves, The Scientist, and La Ila
  • Informatics & Biodiversity Institutes (CSE): Wool
  • Department of Biology (BAR): Green Sleeves
  • Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (MCCD): Lost
  • Health Science Center Libraries (COM): Luna Park
  • Biomedical Sciences Building (BMS): Ireland and Mermaid
  • Institute on Aging (CTRB): Frog
  • Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI): Ariel and Equatore
  • Health Cancer Center (CGRC): Glicine and Axel
  • Department of Animal Sciences (ANS): Magnolia and Pacman

 

Organized by the One Health Center of Excellence, in collaboration with the Center of Arts in Medicine and the University Galleries, Pop Microscopy will launch the Legacies of Leonardo: Celebrating 500 Years of Inquiry, an interdisciplinary initiative by the University of Florida for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death.

Title: Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science towards the Future

 

Project Narrative.

 

“Occasionally,” Vasari wrote of Leonardo da Vinci, “heaven sends us someone who is not only human but divine, so that through his mind and the excellence of his intellect we may reach out to heaven.” Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452–Amboise 1519) was a “universal genius” of the Italian Renaissance. His wide-ranging mind and boundless curiosity about every aspect of human experience and the natural world is soundly celebrated in the Western tradition.

Leonardo embodies the creativity of the “many-sided people of the Renaissance” (Jacob Burckhardt). He was capable of making connections no one else could see, especially between the sciences and the humanities. He was the artist-scientist extracting rules from nature… then remaking nature in his own works.

 

As our habits of specialization isolate the arts from the sciences and the sciences from one other, we become increasingly intrigued by Leonardo’s capacity to encompass and extent almost the entire body of knowledge of his time. Our Leonardo, then, is likely to emerge as the model of the all-encompassing mind, the homo universalis.

 

Leonardo died on May 2, 1519, near Amboise in France. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, we will learn about this phenomenal man in all his incarnations: artist, sculptor, mechanic, physicist, architect, anatomist, astronomer, philosopher, writer, poet, engineer, inventor, humorist, stage designer, and mathematician. Was there ever another man like him?

 

To mark the beginning of Legacies of Leonardo: Celebrating 500 Years of Inquiry at the University of Florida, the One Health Center of Excellence, in collaboration with the Center of Arts in Medicine and the University Galleries, will organize a “microscopic” exhibition on Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science towards the Future. First exhibited in November 2015 at the Italian Institute of Technology (iit), this art exhibit will unveil the “marvelous real” all around campus.

 

Microscopy: an art? Yes, if it is pop. Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science towards the Future: A Travelling Show at the University of Florida, June 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

 

Microscopy, as a technique in scientific investigation, has had a key role in uncovering the intrinsic beauty of nature, which has led some to propose that microscopy could be described as an art or even an art form. But is microscopy, which is essentially scientific data acquisition and analysis, really an art?

 

From June 1st to the end of 2018, Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science towards the Future will become a traveling exhibit. Through beautiful images of cells, molecules, organs and tissues, this show will bring art and science together to uncover Mother Nature’s deepest and most beautiful secrets. You are invited to explore the intrinsic beauty of nature all around campus.

 

In the next six months, the 20 pieces will rotate amongst these locations:

 

Center for Arts in Medicine, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies, Department of Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences Building, Department of Biology, Institute on Aging, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Health Science Center Libraries, Health Cancer Center, Informatics & Biodiversity Institutes, Department of Animal Sciences, Emerging Pathogens Institute

 

Organized by the One Health Center of Excellence, in collaboration with the Center of Arts in Medicine and the University Galleries, Pop Microscopy will launch the Legacies of Leonardo: Celebrating 500 Years of Inquiry, an interdisciplinary initiative by the University of Florida for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death.

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