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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Science and history meet art in trio of exhibits | Orlando Sentinel - Entertainment

Photo: Matthew J. Palm
"The Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park has time on its mind - Space, too." summarizes Matthew J. Palm, Columnist-The Artistic-Type, Writer.

Tomas Saraceno, an Argentine artists based in Berlin, created "Cloud Cities -- Nebulous Thresholds" to hang under the glass dome of the conservatory at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park.
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Its latest exhibition, “Time as Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science,” has proven too vast for the Cornell’s building at Rollins College. So the museum has curated an additional science-meets-art exhibit at the Orlando Science Center in Loch Haven Park.

The two disciplines have more in common than you might think. 

“Artists and scientists use the same skills,” said Jeff Stanford, vice president of marketing for the Orlando Science Center, in the park north of downtown. “They both ask big questions, theorize and experiment to get to their final results.” The venue is exhibiting “Steady Observation,” one of the first shows at its up-and-coming gallery.

Representatives of both institutions hope the companion exhibits illustrate how art is a critical component of education, an argument made by proponents of STEAM — the philosophy that stresses the use of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math to guide student learning and critical thinking.

“The artists included in the exhibition desire to understand, question and describe the subject of time,” many with a scientific viewpoint, wrote Abigail Ross Goodman in the exhibition catalog. She and Amy Galpin of the Cornell curated the show.

With the Cornell’s space taken over by science-based works, its permanent collection was available to travel.

“We wanted some of the historic collection to be on view in the community when the whole museum here is dedicated to contemporary art,” said Cornell director Ena Heller.

More than 40 works landed across the street from the Science Center — at the Mennello Museum of American Art.

Galpin curated “Time and Thought” for the Mennello, using the Cornell collection to highlight important ideas and events in American history.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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