Bowdoin Faculty Draw Connections Between Art and Science in April 21 Gallery Talk

Blue Iceberg

The deep blue hue of this iceberg provides insight into how the iceberg formed. Photo by C. Roesler.

A trio of Bowdoin math and science professors will be explaining how color, pattern and scale are scientific tools as well as artistic ones, in a gallery talk at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art at 2 p.m. April 21, 2013.

Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin’s R. Wells Johnson Professor of Mathematics, Collin Roesler, associate professor of earth and oceanographic science, and Emily Peterman, assistant professor of earth and oceanographic science, will discuss the exhibition “Sense of Scale, Measure By Color: Art, Science, and Mathematics of Planet Earth.”

The display includes aerial photographs of sea ice patterns, a rainbow array of rock samples, and kaleidoscope-esque images of mineral cross-sections, arranged to demonstrate that nature’s colors and patterns are full of scientific information as well as visual appeal.

On view through June 2, 2013, the exhibition was conceived as an accompaniment to the museum’s current Per Kirkeby show, which showcases the Danish artist’s large, colorful, geology-inspired paintings.

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