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Exhibition Schedule 2017-18

Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science

October 26 – December 10, 2017

Norman Barker, Agar Petri Dishes, 2013,
Digital photographmicrograph, x 60

This collaborative project by a scientist and an artist from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine asks the viewer to consider the aesthetics of human disease, a dynamically powerful force of nature that acts without regard to race, religion, or culture.

More than sixty medical science professionals present photographs of visually stunning patterns of different diseases affecting various areas of the human anatomy in this exhibition. Captured with a variety of imaging technology that range from spectral karyotyping to scanning electron microscopy, we see beauty in the delicate lacework of fungal hyphae invading a blood vessel, the structure of the normal cerebellum, and the desperate drive of metastasizing cancer cells. Ultimately, this series of images will leave the viewer with an understanding and appreciation of visual beauty inherent within the field of modern medical science.

This exhibition is a collaborative exhibition and book by Norman Barker & Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue.

Sponsored by:

Chesapeake Medical Imaging Logo

October 29 Opening Reception. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour and hands-on activity of the “Hidden Beauty” exhibition from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Norm Barker Mitchell Gallery Annapolis St JohnsNovember 15 Curator’s Lecture. Norm Barker, Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will discuss the “Hidden Beauty” exhibition at 5:30 p.m. in the Conversation Room, across from the Mitchell Gallery.

The scientific image no matter what discipline, medicine, chemistry, biology, oceanography, etc. is essential for the transfer of knowledge. We are a visual culture and observation is such an important part of the scientific method. As far back as the Ancient Egyptians more than 5000 years ago, documents have been unearthed describing empirical methods in medicine, astronomy and mathematics. The need for high quality visuals to explain or document complicated medical processes is more important than ever for teaching, scientific publications and funding. Whether it is a computer graphic, video segment, photograph, illustration, or Xray, all types of media are used to visualize science.

Looking at the art of the scientific image and the role it’s played in the advancement of science from the time of the Renaissance through the invention of photography will be explored.

December 4 Book Club. Led by St. John’s College tutor Matthew Holtzman. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Hidden Beauty” exhibition followed by a discussion of a related reading in “Objectivity” by Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call 410-626-2556.

Travel with the Mitchell Gallery - May 10-18, 2018 Village Life in Dordogne. Mitchell Gallery travel to the Dordogne (Rocamadour, Sarlat-la-Canéda, L’Abri du Cap-Blanc and Lascaux) region in France. Visit the Village Life in Dordogne page.

About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter

January 11 – February 25, 2018

Joan Miró, Composition sur Fond Vert, 1950-1.
Syracuse University Art Collection.
© 2016 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS),
New York / ADAGP, Paris

Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988), a preeminent, influential printmaker, and founder of Atelier 17, was a strong advocate for experimentation and development of new printing techniques as a tool for artistic ideas. Hayter’s personal checklist of distinctive prints and their importance to the understanding of the graphic arts in the 20th century are featured in this exhibition of 58 works. Included are etchings, lithographs and other printmaking techniques by Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Henry Moore, along with other significant visionaries and technical innovators such as André Masson, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Karl Schrag, and Mauricio Lasansky.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Helena Foundation.

Organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries.

Robert Indiana: Love and Hope

March 8 – April 22, 2018

Robert Indiana Art Mitchell Gallery Annapolis St Johns
Robert Indiana, Book of Love, 1995, Fabricated metal, powder coat, and silkscreen in colors.
Curated by Michael McKenzie/American Image Art.

This retrospective exhibition chronicles the career of Robert Indiana from 1934 to 2017 and showcases many iconic images, including “EAT,” “LOVE,” and “HOPE.”

Two of his latest masterpieces, “Like a Rolling Stone,” a series featuring 1960s pop-culture figure Bob Dylan and others, and “THE ALPHABET,” the definitive work labeling him as the world’s premiere word artist will be featured in this collection of 55 pieces, some of which have never been shown. These works showcase Indiana’s unique method of working with the same image on paper, canvas, print, and in three-dimensions.

This exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

St. John’s College Community Art Exhibition 2018

April 29 - May 13, 2018

This annual exhibition is a diverse collection of ceramics, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, textiles, and photographs that elegantly represent the artistic talent of the college community.