NanoDays at The Art and Science of Systems Biology and Nanoscience

March 20, 2015 - The UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering Program

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Gerald Peters Gallery and Peters Projects, in association with The New Mexico Spatiotemporal Modeling Center (STMC) and Los Alamos National Laboratories, is pleased to present a contemporary invitational art exhibition, Inventory of Light, planned for late March, 2015 at Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM. The exhibition's focus is on works created by artists who are known for the integration of science in their art practice.

Expanding on the annual STMC event, The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience, the exhibition will include lectures and workshops promoting the application of the physical sciences and mathematics to solve complex problems in human biology. The intent of this show is to broaden the discussion of the ever increasing intersection between art and science while providing a window into the advanced microscopy, nanoscale engineering and computer simulations used and applied at the STMC.

Works of art by renowned regional and national artists Lita Albuquerque, Thomas Ashcraft, Kelsey Brookes, Robert Buelteman, Will Clift, Brian Knep, August Muth, Victoria Vesna, Jonathon Wells, and Ryan Wolfe will be exhibited alongside microscopy images from UNM and LANL scientists.

These 10 artists, many of whom hold advanced degrees in scientific fields, apply scientific principles and technology in their cutting edge works of art in a variety of media; painting, photography, performance, holography, video, sculpture, and installation.

Victoria Vesna, invited as the featured artist, will exhibit her work The Nanomandala, which premiered at the exhibition NANO at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Vesna divides her time between Los Angeles –where she is Professor of Design and Media Arts at UCLA and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) –and Europe. The work in the show is a demonstration of Vesna's exploration of the effect of "communication technologies on collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation." The artist will be in attendance at the receptions and give a talk on March 28, at 5:00 pm.

Additionally, there will be a host of lectures and workshops during the opening weekend that further the concepts of the program.

UNM's Nanoscience & Microsystems Engineering Program will be offering their annual "NanoDays", a hands-on scientific experience for kids of all ages.

Friday, March 27, 2015

5:30 - 7:00 PM: Opening Reception and Gallery Viewing

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Public Lecture "Dance of Allergens", Dr. Bridget Wilson, University of New Mexico

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM: Gallery Viewing

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: The UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems Program's "NanoDays" children's activities

5:00 - 5:30 PM: Featured Artist talk by Victoria Vesna

5:30 PM: Reception

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Public Lecture "Forming Cellular and Tissue Patterns through Cellular Mechanics," Dr. Michael Sheetz, Columbia University