Symbiotic Spheres

Symbiotic Spheres banner with black line drawing of connecting circles and lines and spectrum of color

Located in the Museum of American Glass
April 3 through December 30, 2018

Tuesday through Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This expansive exhibition, curated by Brooklyn artist Benjamin Wright, features over 20 contemporary artists whose work is inspired by science. The artwork on display will allow visitors to explore the role of creativity endemic to both science and art, while showcasing glass as a medium that provides a challenge to their perceived divide.  At every turn, glass materially magnifies, distorts and illuminates our transdisciplinary world of wonder.

Hiromi Takizawa's Ultraviolet installation of neon lights and plants
Richard Marquis Chemistry Set
Top: Hiromi Takizawa’s Ultraviolet installation
Bottom: Chemistry Set by Richard Marquis

Family Activity Stations & Special Tours

Saturday, August 11, 2018
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy expanded activity stations where you can have a hands-on learning experience about art and science. These expanded creation stations are open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us an learn about chromatography, an analytical laboratory technique commonly used for separating a mixture of chemical substances into its individual components. We will use markers, coffee filters, and water to mimic this exciting laboratory technique.

DIY Kaleidoscope
Experiment with an optical instrument, the kaleidoscope. Create your own kaleidoscope and play with the science of reflection and the principle of symmetry as you test your hand drawn designs. While supplies last.

Color the Visual Light Spectrum
Create and capture a rainbow while learning about the visual light spectrum. A variety of materials (oil pastels, crayons, and markers) are available to trace the rainbow you create by using a flashlight and a CD.

Curator’s Tour with Ben Wright
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. 

Join us for a special tour with the Curator of Symbiotic Spheres. Ben Wright, Artist/Curator/Educator, will guide you through the exhibition and share his vision for Symbiotic Spheres. Ben will provide insight into the studio practices and techniques used by the exhibiting artists. The tour will be informal and conversational.

Microscopic World with Robert and Sarah Max Beck
3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Step into the shoes of a bio artist and discover a microscopic world. The Becks will begin the hour with a discourse about their artwork and bio project, “To Fetch a Pail of Water”. You will then be invited to look through their microscope at water samples.

Learn about opportunities for you and your students to learn about the interlocking worlds of glass, science and art. We will be available to speak with you about ways that you can engage and integrate the topics of Symbiotic Spheres into your classroom. Copies of the Educator Guide will be available at the Museum Front Desk.