Koret Family Gallery: Art and Science

  • Harold Edgerton (aka Dr. Harold Eugene Edgerton)
    Vortex at a Fan Blade Tip from the portfolio "Seeing the Unseen" From the portfolio Seeing the Unseen
    Negative 1973/print 1977
    14 × 9 1/8 inches
    Dye transfer print on paper
    Gift of Connie and Stephen Wirtz

  • A black and white photograph of what looks like an oddly shaped chair with various textures. It is a shark's tooth with various textures—the top is smooth with dents throughout. At the bottom it looks like a tree's trunk.

    Catherine Wagner
    Shark’s Tooth, 2000
    Iris print on paper
    44 × 32 inches
    Acquired from the artist upon the completion of the San Jose Museum of Art Artist Residency Fellowship awarded to the artist in 1997

  • A metal shelf with various scientific beakers. The top shelf holds a bottle with an outlet and tubes coming out of it. The middle shelf contains jars of different shapes with green liquid. The bottom shelf has a sphere with a tube connecting another jar.

    Rob Craigie
    Green Eye Ball Outlet, 1993
    41 × 15 × 9 1/2 inches
    Mixed media on metal shelf
    Gift of Robert Harshorn Shimshak and Marion Brenner

  • A sphere containing acrylic resin and mercury on a lead base. Half of the sphere is grey and the other half is gold. The sphere reflects its surrounding lighting.

    Ronald Mallory
    Mercury Sphere, 1969
    12 × 12 × 12 inches
    Acrylic resin and mercury on lead base
    Gift of Maureen Christine

    At first thought, artistic and scientific practice might seem unrelated: one is focused on expression, the other on data. Yet the similarities between the way artists and scientists work far outweigh their differences. The scientist’s laboratory and the artist’s studio are places where learning is achieved through open-ended inquiry, a never-ending cycle of thinking and doing, and the belief that failure and revision is an inherent part of the process. This exhibition celebrates artists represented in SJMA’s permanent collection who thrive at the interface between art and science. 

    In the Koret Family Gallery’s interactive Art Learning Labs, visitors are invited to make observations, ask questions, and participate in creative experimentation.