The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University has been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Robert Lehman Foundation in support of a group exhibition titled "Strange Attractors." The exhibition will be on view from January through March 2019 and explores how the intersection of art and science have become increasingly connected due to the current upsurge in interdisciplinary thinking in the arts and academia.
"Strange Attractors" is an extension of a forward-thinking symposium of the same name, originally hosted through the CUE Art Foundation in New York City in November 2017. Taney Roniger, an artist/writer/curator whose work has been closely associated with the "sci-art" movement, organized the first symposium and will co-curate the upcoming installment with Jeanne Brasile, director of the Walsh Gallery, who also participated in the original conference.
The objective of the exhibition seeks to consider ways in which an art-science alliance might contribute to the larger cultural discourse with an emphasis on how visual art can generate insight into subjects generally understood through other means. In the process, it will foster a creative space in which students, artists, scholars, and members of the community can engage with artwork through interdisciplinary frameworks. According to Brasile, the artists involved with the project have the opportunity to go beyond the boundaries of their traditional practice and adherence to a single discipline to illuminate and deepen an understanding of the intricate world of science in all of its vastness.
In her exhibition prospectus, Roniger states: "The eminent biologist E.O. Wilson's idea of consilience, or the synthesis of human knowledge from the many specialized fields, is a deep inspiration. Wilson believed that the 21st century would be the century of synthesis, and that in this grand unification lie the seeds for a more enlightened humanity."
Graphite drawings laser-etched into black Lucite
Each 16” x 16”, total 92” x 54”
"Strange Attractors" features 12 of the original participating artists and will focus on correlations between art and elements of nature and human biology, among other subjects, to include insect behavior, disease epidemics and modes of transmission, and language and structure of patterns as found in nature. The artists are representative of the entire global ecosystem and include physicists, neuroscientists and an anatomy specialist from South Africa.
"Strange Attractors" will be on view at Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery from January through March, 2019. The show includes work by the following artists: Suzanne Anker, Gianluca Bianchino, Catherine Chalmers, Linda Francis, Lorrie Fredette, Daniel Hill, Ed Kerns, Eve Andree Laramee, Elaine Reynolds, Matthew Ritchie, Taney Roniger, Leonard Shapiro, and Werner Sun.
The exhibition will accompanied by an interdisciplinary panel discussion moderated by co-curators Jeanne Brasile and Taney Roniger in conversation with several of the participating artists as well as invited scientist-guest speakers from Lafayette College, Cornell University and Seton Hall University.
48” x 32”
The Robert Lehman Foundation Inc. was incorporated in 1943 to serve as a vehicle for its Founder's benefactions in the field of the visual arts.
On Mr. Lehman's death in 1969, his entire collection, one of the most extraordinary and wide-ranging in the world, was bequeathed to the Foundation. On January 30, 1970, the collection of more than three thousand works of art, dating from the early Renaissance to the 20th Century, was transferred to the Metropolitan Museum, where it is housed today in the Robert Lehman Wing and exhibited in accordance with Mr. Lehman's wishes.
It is the mission of the Foundation to fulfill and further Robert Lehman's vision and therefore to support the visual arts in any fashion that seems likely to enhance the appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of this central aspect of our culture
Taney Roniger is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn and the Catskills. A graduate of Yale University, where she earned her MFA in 1997, she is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, where she teaches in the Fine Arts Department and Honors Program. She has exhibited her work in a number of venues in the United States and abroad, including The Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey; the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans; StandPipe Gallery in New York, and Slate Gallery in Brooklyn. Roniger is the recipient of a number of awards and honors, including a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, three Yaddo fellowships, and a traveling fellowship from the Stacey Sussman Cavrell Memorial Foundation. Since 2012 she has been a regular contributor to The Brooklyn Rail as an art critic. Her essays, reviews, and interviews have also been published in Culture Machine, On-Verge, and Whitehot Magazine. Roniger's work is in numerous private collections nationally and internationally, in addition to that of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and the Ogden Museum in New Orleans.
Further information on "Strange Attractors" and the Walsh Gallery may be found at: www.shu.edu/walshgallery.
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