Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

Hendrick Goltzius, Portrait of Nicolaus Petri van Deventer, 1595

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe examines how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to scientific inquiries of the 16th century.

Rare and treasured prints, drawings, books, maps, and scientific instruments demonstrate that artists were not just illustrators in the service of scientists but that their work played an active role in facilitating the understanding of new concepts in astronomy, geography, natural history, and anatomy.

In-gallery digital displays, video and audio segments, an iPhone/iPad app, and interactive replicas of sundials, globes, and other tools add excitinghands-on  components to the exhibition. An illustrated catalogue, available for $60 in the Block Museum’s book shop, features an essay by Northwestern art history professor Claudia Swan and entries from art history graduate student Kathleen Tahk.

Featuring work by Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein, Hendrick Goltzius, Jacques de Gheyn and others, the exhibition was organized by the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Block Museum.

An illustrated catalogue by Susan Dackerman, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums, accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase at the Block’s book and gift shop. The catalogue includes an essay by Claudia Swan, associate professor of art history at Northwesern University, and contributions from Northwestern art history graduate student Kathleen Tahk.

1/17/2012-4/8/2012
Main and Alsdorf Galleries
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art
NorthWestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL

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China Blue is an award winning international artist whose current work focuses on the brain. Brainwaves of individuals, sensed through her customized EEG software, control the light and sound of an interactive sculpture and also dynamically create personal mind produced drawings. With her Cultural Connectomes she mines the history of art to illuminate unexpected relationships and to show how artistic ideas have been disseminated through societies. Over the past two decades she has created sound art works that focus on researching and developing data sonification. This has lead to discovering the hidden acoustics imbedded in the iron of the Eiffel Tower, submerged in Venice’s water or encased in NASA’s Vertical Gun chamber. This sound work is the foundation of her current focus. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Engine Institute.

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China Blue is an award winning international artist whose current work focuses on the brain. Brainwaves of individuals, sensed through her customized EEG software, control the light and sound of an interactive sculpture and also dynamically create personal mind produced drawings. With her Cultural Connectomes she mines the history of art to illuminate unexpected relationships and to show how artistic ideas have been disseminated through societies. Over the past two decades she has created sound art works that focus on researching and developing data sonification. This has lead to discovering the hidden acoustics imbedded in the iron of the Eiffel Tower, submerged in Venice’s water or encased in NASA’s Vertical Gun chamber. This sound work is the foundation of her current focus. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Engine Institute.
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