Mushrooms are used as building materials, mosquitoes are genetically modified to help prevent the spread of malaria, and other collisions of art and science are displayed at the most recent exhibition at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, titled “Intimate Science.” Last Friday, the exhibition opened its doors to the public.
The exhibition is the product of collaborative work, curated by Andrea Grover, a 2010 Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow in residence at Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery. In her current project, Grover endorses creativity to address some of the world’s pressing problems.
“They both have an end goal of revealing some kind of truth,” Grover said about art and science. “I want people to take creativity more seriously, to see that creativity is not just a kind of frivolous pursuit, but that it can have value towards answering these bigger questions about humanity, like how are we going to survive, how will we provide food and energy, transportation, and shelter for growing populations.”
Grover’s research on the project began in 2010. She examined artists who placed themselves in industrial or scientific environments to conduct their work in the 1960s. However, in today’s internet age, artists have greater access to information and more opportunities to conduct their work with science and technology. Creating new building materials and performing provocative biological experiments is now a reality for some artists.
Jan. 21 – March 4, 2012
Guest curated by Andrea Grover
Carnegie Mellon University
Purnell Center for the Arts