A few weeks ago I announced my work appearing in a show put on by “Art and Science Collaborations, Inc.” (ASCI) and currently on display at the New York Hall of Science. A reception for the artists was held last week and it gave me the opportunity to meet some of the people involved with the organization as well as making a first time visit to the Hall. This was the final event in a string of openings that has made early Autumn an especially busy time for me this year. So before I leave this topic I’d like to tell you a bit more about each of those two organizations.
Let me begin with the Hall of Science. Seldom have I ever been in a situation that left me sporting a big happy grin for the entire length of our visit. Housed in a former pavilion from the 1964 New York World’s Fair it is now a hands-on science and technology center serving millions of children and parents. Hundreds of hands-on exhibits, many created by artists, are visually stunning, intellectually engaging, and just plain fun for kids and adults alike. Who knew learning could be so much fun? Plan a visit. Your kids will thank you. In this current climate of cuts to education budgets, particularly for the arts, this institution and others like it deserve our fullest support. http://www.nysci.org/
And further along those lines ASCI, founded in 1988 by artist Cynthia Pannucci, continues to fulfill its mission to create tools and networks for artists and scientists to gather in partnership and dialogue. No surprise, then, to find their annual digital art exhibition “Digital 11: The Alchemy of Change” at home at the Hall of Science. It’s a very interesting show with an international cast and hopefully will be traveling abroad following the N.Y. closing date of February 5, 2012. Anyone interested in that intersection point between art and science would do well to take a look. www.asci.org
And finally, back to fossils. This time of year I am usually busy digging around in a handful of nearby dry stream beds. But ever since Hurricane Irene we continue to get greater than normal rainfall. I have learned the hard way that climbing moss covered rocks is more dangerous than it is worth. Hopefully it will dry out soon. In the meantime, here are a few images from the vaults.
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