PAST GALLERY EXHIBITS
SHARED VISION: TALES OF SCIENCE ILLUSTRATION
JANUARY 19TH - MAY 20TH, 2016
Artworks by Kate Baldwin, Kandis Elliot, H. Adam Steinberg, and Laura Vanderploeg were on display, along with explanatory text which showed how scientific data has been transformed into engaging artwork that communicates scientific ideas.
2015 Cool Science Image Competition Winners
September 10, 2015 - December 18, 2015
Each year for the past five years, scientists from across the UW-Madison research landscape have actively joined in the Cool Science Image Contest, sponsored by the popular science magazine The Why Files. The intent of the contest is to draw out the alluring but often obscured imagery Wisconsin scientists use to convey their work. The McPherson Eye Research Institute is pleased to partner with The Why Files (with the generous support of the Promega Corporation) to showcase the winners of the 2015 contest in the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery, located on the 9th floor of WIMR II, 1111 Highland Ave.
Between the Imagined and the Observed
Gregory Vershbow: Strange Specimens and Angela Johnson: Translations
June 10, 2015 - August 31, 2015
In summer 2015, the McPherson ERI’s Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery hosted the work of two talented Madison-based photographers, whose images underscore the vivid link between art and science.
Gregory Vershbow’s photographs in Strange Specimens hinge between the imagined and the observed. On display were photographs from his larger oeuvre, which consists of photographic series and narrative books that combine his photography with original drawings and text. Joining the history of science with art history, and working both digitally and with experimental chemistry, he seeks an alternative experience of the past and present, as noted in his artist’s statement.
Gregory Vershbow received his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010 and holds a BA in photography and biology from Hampshire College. His books and photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe and can be found in permanent collections which include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Getty Museum, and the National Academy of Science.
Vershbow's Artist’s Statement for Strange Specimens:
An organic thing only begins to rot as new life is born from it. Photography is a medium deeply affected by anxiety about stability: anxiety about whether or not a subject can be captured swiftly enough to be arrested in a moment, anxiety about the archival qualities of prints, and anxiety about how physical and digital manipulation of an image can compromise the medium’s integrity as a means of preserving places and things. The naturalist has the same anxieties about the world. Specimens must be isolated and preserved so they can be clearly compared to other things. They must be altered, cut, and stained in order to be observed. The idea that observing a subject arrests it in an artificially limited state was intended to describe the lives of particles, but nowhere is this idea better illustrated than in the arrangements of bones displayed in a vitrine or museum.
Angela Johnson’s series Translation strives to visually engage viewers in the correlation between photography and science, two seemingly disparate worlds. In the creation of her work, Johnson collaborated with Ahna Skop, a McPherson ERI member and genetics professor at UW-Madison. Skop runs a lab studying C. Elegans (worm) embryos as a model organism, looking at many cellular processes including mitosis. Using a pipette as an artistic tool, Johnson “paints” on agar plates with liquid bacteria to which she has added color pigment, composing imagery of these tiny microcosms using high-powered microscopes as cameras. She then photo-documents the bacterial growth, as well as the breakdown of the agar plates, over days and weeks. These microscopic images of bacteria over time take on the appearance of macroscopic forms in nature such as coral reefs, snowflakes, or topographical maps. Angela Johnson is currently in the MFA program at UW-Madison, with a focus on photography. She comes to that program after several years of teaching elementary art in Houston, Texas, which inspired her 2008 completion of an MA in Art Education at UW-Madison and ensuring work with exhibits, education programs, and as arts coordinator at the Madison Children’s Museum.
Seeing Beyond Disabilities: Unique Insights January 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
"Seeing Beyond Disabilities: Unique Insights" displayed artworks by gifted Wisconsin artists associated with VSA Wisconsin and ArtWorking, as well as works from the Harvey A. Stevens International Collection of Art by People with Developmental Disabilities at the Waisman Center. This unique exhibit shared visually powerful artworks that increase awareness of the gifts of individual artists and awareness of organizations that advance arts opportunities for people with disabilities.
Cool Science Images: 2014 Cool Science Image Competition Winners September 11, 2014 - December 11, 2014
The Annual UW-Madison Science Image Contest is only open to the faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. Individuals or teams may enter, and images can depict an object or phenomenon from any discipline and in any medium, such as, but not limited to, microscopy, photography (astronomy, nature, etc.), animations and (short) videos, medical imaging, science-as-art, schematics, and photography of your own 3D printing. Images are judged on aesthetic and informational qualities. Scientific imagery, of course, is intended to help scientists. It is a critical form of data in many fields and can yield important and sometimes striking insights into nature and the way things work. But the pictures and other images of science can also have remarkable aesthetic qualities that the nonscientist can also appreciate.
The Delighted Eye March 17, 2014 - August 23, 2014
The inaugural event in the Gallery was the Delighted Eye Exhibit and featured works from UW-Madison’s Tandem Press. As a publisher of contemporary fine art prints that is a self-supporting unit of the Department of Art in the School of Education, it was founded in 1987 and was designed to foster research, collaboration, experimentation, and innovation in the field of printmaking.