Grab some food, grab a drink, and join in on the discussion!Join us on the second Tuesday of every month for a series of discussions that explore the rich but often overlooked intersections between science and art. Enjoy a drink at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar while listening to presentations from scientists and artists speaking on a variety of topics, then share what you think about what science and art have in common. Attendance is FREE.
Beaker and Brush Discussions are co-sponsored by the Science Museum and the St. Paul Art Crawl.
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Next Presentation: Perception - January 11, 20116:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The worlds of physics and art intersect in a fascinating examination of fractal art and innovative imaging technology, allowing us to perceive beyond what's visible to the human eye and projecting our world in a whole new light.
Dr. Thomas Vaughan is a professor in the Departments of Radiology, Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. With work experience ranging from NASA to the DOD, his current research focuses on biomedical imaging—in other words, looking at ourselves in a whole new way.
Barry Kleider began studying photography at age nine with his family's subscription to Life magazine. A long-time professional photographer, his work has been commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California and the Plains Museum of Fargo, ND and is included in several collections. Barry is also a rostered teaching artist in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota as well as COMPAS and VSA in St. Paul. He brings his talents and passion for photography and visual art to young people of all ages.
- Addicted to Love - February 8, 2011
Is our brain's wired need for physical intimacy the same as a smoker's cigarette craving or an addict's itch? Explore addiction and our most basic impulses, including the act of love, through the eyes of an artist and a scientist.
Bob Meisel researches sexual behavior in rodents to further our understanding of how motivations form in the brain, and how these motivations are thrown for a loop by environmental factors such as addiction.
- Composition and Decomposition - March 8, 2011
The human form tells a great many stories, from the artistic exploration of our relationship with our body to the vital biological clues that close criminal cases.
Dr. Susan Myster has been consulting as a Forensic Anthropologist in Minnesota and Wisconsin since 1991. Her work has involved the recovery and analysis of human remains from burned, buried, surface, and water contexts, as well as providing expert testimony. She has been involved in several high profile cases in Minnesota during which she worked closely with various law enforcement, medicolegal, and forensic science agencies.
Erica Spitzer Rasmussen is an artist who creates mixed media and handmade paper garments. Her current work explores issues of identity and corporeality, often utilizing clothing as a metaphor for one's skin. Rasmussen teaches studio arts as an Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, MN). She is also affiliated with the MN Center for Book Arts and the Textile Center. Her sculptural and wearable works are exhibited internationally.