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Curating Across the Disciplines: Intersections Between Math and Art
April 28, 2009 - May 31, 2009
John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery
"Knot with Heart-Shaped Shield", 1506-1507 by Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471-1528, Woodcut, Gift of David P. Becker, Bowdoin Class of 1970, 1994.10.221
This exhibition investigates the commingling of mathematics and art. One might argue that mathematics and art are fundamentally similar in that both are abstract systems for representing one human reality. In both we see shared aesthetic and structural themes like geometrical patterns, symmetry, balance, and even randomness. This exhibition brings together objects from Bowdoin's Museum, library, and mathematics department. Some of the artists on view incorporate specific mathematical operations, others formally gesture towards them. Also noteworthy are the inherent aesthetic properties of the mathematical models on view.
 "Untitled (The Red Cone)", ca. 1950 by Alexander Calder, American, 1898-1976, painted metal, Bequest of William H. Alexander, in memory of his friend, Frederick H. Wilke, M.D., Chief of Pediatrics at St. Lukes Hospital, New York, 2003.11.21