Koret Family Gallery: Art and Science

Wednesday, June 1, 2016Sunday, June 4, 2017

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

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

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

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.