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Look closely. These sculptures are made entirely from garbage found along the beach.

A traveling art exhibit by Angela Haseltine Pozzi, now at our National Zoo, educates visitors about one of the biggest enemies to the ocean today: trash.

Pozzi and her volunteers with the Washed Ashore Project collected discarded plastic from beaches on the West Coast, which she transformed into beautiful sculptures that tell an ugly story. The 17 larger-than-life pieces represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in our oceans today. 

“Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” will be at the Zoo through Sept. 5. 

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The 13th Amendment dates 150 years back from this day. I think this prime document should have been a part of the US constitution initially, and not introduced into it as a supplementary paper. Presence of such a law could set the country on a totally different way, free from destructing influence of racism and discrimination. Unfortunately, it didn’t guarantee its every moment execution, and up to the middle of the 20th century there existed such an awful phenomenon like human zoo.  

Human zoos were 19th and 20th century public exhibits of people like a museum pieces (also known as “an ethnological exposition”, “the exhibition of human beings” and “a Negro Village”) - mostly non-Europeans. Africans, Asians, Indigenous people and many others were kidnapped, caged and displayed in a makeshift ‘natural habitat’.  

USS Enterprise Earns New Dock At Smithsonian

“Star Trek’s” original filming model of the USS Enterprise will join the Milestones of Flight exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Currently displayed at the museum store, the starship will make its move in time for the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek,” which premiered on NBC in September 1966. It’s the first time the museum will include science fiction in the exhibit.

The model’s relocation is part of the museum’s extensive two-year renovation funded by Boeing, which recently donated $30 million to upgrade exhibits and education programs. Content for mobile devices and digital screens will also be a key part of the museum’s refresh.

The rest of the story from 1701news

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The Art of Our Bodies

The intricacies of the human body are explored in The New Cruelty’s work, where the production company based in Brooklyn took photographs of the famous BODIES: The Exhibition.

These photographs both fascinate and repulse, but most importantly, like the exhibit, they educate viewers, allowing us to get a glimpse of how our bodies function. After the initial shock of seeing our insides so exposed, viewers begin to discover the great detail in our veins and the spectrum of colour found just in and around the heart. Our bodies present themselves as works of art, in this case, exhibited and then photographed.

The aim of BODIES: The Exhibition is to “[allow] visitors to see the human body’s inner beauty in educational and awe-inspiring ways”, with bodies and organs preserved using “a revolutionary process called polymer preservation, in which human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber.” Every aspect of the body is covered, allowing curious minds to see up close that which most of us never get to see.

The exhibit, and especially the pictures taken by The New Cruelty, shows just how much a part of nature we are; our whole-body vein system looks strikingly similar to the veins seen on leaves, and our pulmonary veins and arteries (attached to the heart) look more like coral reefs than human organs.

-Anna Paluch

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You’re looking at a 20th century bronze bust of Charles Darwin, which is displayed in the Rotunda Gallery of Washington DC’s National Academy of Sciences Building.

On the walls beyond, however, you’ll notice something seemingly abstract, but very familiar. Darwin’s first “Tree of Life” as a foreground basis for the canvases displaying select pages from Darwin’s greatest literature, ‘On The Origin of Species’.

The exhibition - installed in 2009 - is explained more thoroughly by Jackie Grom of the AAAS (American Association For The Advancement Of Science):

The unusual concept was developed by Tim Rollins and his collaborators, “learning disabled” students of the South Bronx who call themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival). Since the 1980s, Rollins has engaged his students’ minds, and hands, encouraging them to draw or paint pictures in books of classic literature that the students were reading. Several of the students who started with Rollins in the beginning of K.O.S, when they were 11 to 13 years old, are still taking part in the program today as adults.

In 2007, Rollins and the K.O.S. were approached by J. D. Talasek, the director of cultural programs at the National Academy of Sciences, to create a piece based on Darwin’s seminal work. “We’ve been trying to tackle Darwin for years and years,“ says Rollins, but ”[Talasek] really put a fire under us.

The group, which consists primarily of eight artists ranging from ages 16 to 37, plus Rollins, 53, pulled together any information they could find on Darwin. “It was a big scavenger hunt in terms of information,“ Rollins says. They read through On the Origin of Species, pondered the ”poetic passages,“ watched documentaries on Darwin, gathered magazine articles, and researched existing art that was inspired by the text.

The group decided early on that they did not want a traditional image of Darwin and evolution; they wanted something intuitive, not literal. “We wanted to see what evolution looked like,” says Rollins. Visually capturing evolution proved a real “struggle,” the artist says. The group abandoned two concepts, before pursuing the one that went on display at the National Academy of Sciences on 2 February 2009.

Their “eureka moment,” Rollins says, was inspired by the original “Tree of Life” that Darwin sketched on a notebook page, and the statement that accompanies the image: “I think.” They scanned Darwin’s rough diagram and decided to extend and expand it over the canvas—to “replicate the process of natural selection, the randomness, the excitement of life,” Rollins says.

Darwin’s words, faintly visible beneath a thin veneer of white matte acrylic, are covered by a branching network of black ink made from beetle shells and carbon. A key decision, Rollins says, was to have the origin of this network remain hidden, with just a line to it extending off canvas, from above. This tries to capture the “amazing mystery of creation,“ according to Rollins.

The artist notes that people viewing the work often don’t see the connection of the branching pattern to Darwin, with some asking ‘Where’s the fish, the birds, the finches?’ But Rollins says he and the K.O.S. wanted to capture Darwin’s “intense free inquiry … the love of questioning where things come from, where things are, and where they are going.” “I definitely think that you feel that flow in the painting,” he says.

I had the privilege of seeing this incredibly beautiful installation up close, and it absolutely captures the essence of Darwin’s creative flow. You can’t be anything but inspired when standing in the middle of that exhibit, accompanied by that bronze statue of a man to whom we still continue to learn so much…

Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of [our] minds which follows from the advance of science.

― Charles Darwin

…stay curious.

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The next generation of artists is taking inspiration from Richard Pousette-Dart’s work. Take a look at these young creatives’ responses to “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart,” now on view at the Museum.

Top, Right: “Light Gathers to the Question of No,” 1979, by Richard Pousette-Dart (© Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart/Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)

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The Brain Scoop:
The Replicator

If I hadn’t ended up Corresponding Curiosities, I sure hope I would have been able to use my background in studio art to have a job like Max’s. Not only does he need to have a significant understanding of science, but also education, aesthetics, and an extensive knowledge of durable materials. As a result he spends his days making baby turtles, sculpting flying snakes, carving gigantic termite mounds, and building giant blue worms. 

You can come visit Max’s work onsite now in our latest exhibitions, The Machine Inside: Biomechanicsand check out last week’s episode with Bob in The Interactives Shop for more information about The Field Museum’s dynamic exhibitions department! 

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POW! WOW! JAPAN! 2016 Recap.

During the week of October 17th through the 22nd, 2017, the 2nd annual POW! WOW! JAPAN! took place on the streets of Kobe, Japan.  Murals, skate exhibition showcases, educational talks and more were all part of the experience which seeks to engage with a broader audience through the process of creation.

Murals, installations and more were created by visual artists from around the world, including: Persue, Push, Jeff Gress, Jasper Wong, Sam Rodriguez, Luise Ono, Caratoes, Cinta Vidal, John “Prime” Hina, Kami and Sasu of Hitotzuki, Ryuichi Ogino and Kensuke Takahashi.

Take an extended look at all of the action below with stunning photographs from Brandon Shigeta:

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Calling all Tumblr artists interested in a great opportunity! 

Now’s the time for Southern Nevada artists to act on their resolution to bring together their creative sides with nature.  Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association are seeking applications through January 31 for artists to complete two week residencies in March, April and May at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

During the inaugural artist-in-residence season, selected artists will hold open studio hours at Red Rock Canyon, develop and implement a public program and donate at least one piece of original artwork completed during their residency to be featured in an exhibition at the Red Rock Canyon visitor center during summer.  Selected artists will be provided with a $750 stipend for materials and supplies and support from Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association staff in developing their programs. 

The artist-in-residence program promotes awareness through art of the exceptional places protected within the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. The program provides an opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of preserving public lands. It will engage and inform an audience through public programs by participants, and will provide time for artists to pursue their work.

Further information, guidelines and applications are available at rrcair.tumblr.com.

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EXCEPTION

Goldsmiths University London got in contact about a student show of their MA/MFA programme in Computational Arts program.

In society, machines are widely available and technology becomes more transparent day by day. As artists, incorporating technology and computation into our working practice allows us to communicate in a language which is shared across cultures. As music and art can be said to be ‘universal’ languages, so code can be understood as the common language of machines worldwide. Our creative approach to the use of technology, programming and machines allows us to communicate our vision and interact with others through society, technology, and across the vast space of human experience. Except/0n is the result of a year of intense study, equally focused on technical and critical aspects of computational arts.

The show opens on the 10th this week - you can find out more here

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There’s a new parklet in San Francisco’s Mission District – but it probably doesn’t look like what you’d imagine.

Co-developed between the Exploratorium’s Studio for Public Spaces and the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco (BGCSF), the parklet is a culmination of a three-year National Science Foundation project designed to support informal education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) within the local Latino community.

Neighborhood youth from the BGCSF spent two summers working with the Exploratorium to plan the public space. In the process, they developed skills in design and planning, exhibit prototyping, fabrication, and user testing. BGCSF staff served as think partners and advisors on both curriculum creation and the integration of youth development practices into the sessions.

The Ciencia Pública: Agua parklet resides next to Buena Vista Horace Mann School. It tackles the topic of water and sustainable water use through exhibits that include a desalination pump, a rain gauge, and a low-evaporation plant-watering device.

Framing Fossil Exhibits

I’ve been writing a bunch about interpretive, organizational, and aesthetic choices in large-scale paleontology exhibits. Check it out - there’s pretty pictures:

Introduction - Getting past prehistoric pageantry

Walk Through Time - A reliable but potentially constraining classic

Phylogeny - Thinking like a scientist is a hard sell

Habitat Immersion - Spectacle with purpose

Environmental Change - Making it relevant for the future