Curating Across the Disciplines: Intersections Between Math and Art

Museum of Art Museum of Art

Exhibition: Curating Across the Disciplines: Intersections Between Math and Art

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John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery
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.

Works

"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

About

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.