Learn More: Science and Art Events in New York City

New York City is home to several exciting science and art collaborations this spring and summer. From traditional art exhibitions that explore the relationship between nature and art to interactive workshops, there’s an opportunity for everyone to explore how science and art enrich one another.

Date: April 7, 2017 – June 11, 2017; New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024

Featuring 28 works from two time periods, Big Bird: Looking for Lifesize contrasts a group of exceptional European watercolors from the 1500s—which were recently featured to great acclaim in an exhibition in France—with spectacular examples of the rarest jewel of the New-York Historical Society’s extraordinary Audubon collection. On view April 7, 2017 – June 11, 2017.

Date: April 09, 2017–September 25, 2017; MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101

The Museum of Modern Art is proud to host Ian Cheng: Emissaries, opening April 9. The exhibition that the artist’s complete Emissary trilogy (2015-2017), a series of three live simulation video works dedicated to the history of cognitive evolution. These works ask us to imagine technology not as a subordinate reflection of our own minds, but as a tool to model a non-anthropomorphic vision of history and consciousness. Using an engine for developing video games, Emissary is made up of open-ended animations with no fixed outcome or narrative—a format Cheng calls live simulation. The trilogy was recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art.

Date: Friday, April 14 to Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Drawing Center opened Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions on April 14. This exhibition brings to light for the first time an archive of images that illustrate the formation of our modern definition of nature. William Beebe (1877–1962) was one of America’s greatest popularizers of ecological thinking and biological science. Beebe literally took the lab into the jungle, rather than the jungle to the lab. Until July 16th.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 – May 19, 2017; Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library

A public exhibition, Biodiversity and Its Histories, will open Earth Day, April 22, 2017 at the Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library. The exhibition is designed and produced by students of Barnard College and Columbia University. Contributors include: Arielle Alterwaite, Stephanie Barral, Tristan Brown, Gabrielle Bruno, Lyra Cooper, Robert Corban, Rosalind Donald, Linda Gordon, Sara Heiny, Maggie Israel, Petros Krommidas, Lila Livingston, Laura McLean, Anna McNulty, Julie Moon, Melissa Morris, Camila Puig Ibarra, Claire Sabel, Zhuoxuan Tian, Daniel West, Adrien Zakar, Mollie Zanger, Wenrui Zhao, Professor Deborah Coen. Until May 19th.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM; Pratt Institute, Myrtle Hall, 536 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Pratt Institute – PreCollege Lecture Series – Art & Science is a lecture/workshop/performance starting with a 15-min audiovisual presentation on how art and science are really more similar than most people think. A variety of contemporary artists that use electronics and technology in their artworks will be briefly presented. Aimed at high school students as part of the Pratt Institute’s PreCollege Lecture Series. RSVP here.

Date: Monday, Apr 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm; Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

On April 24, The Science Studios at Pioneer Works presents The Universe in Verse, an evening of poetry celebrating great scientists and scientific discoveries hosted by Maria Popova, Janna Levin and the Academy of American Poets. For tickets, please visit the event’s website.

Date: April 25, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm; American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, New York City

Inspired by the museum’s current exhibition on the art of Eugen Gabritschevsky, individuals are invited to learn the art of science illustration with the Dialogue + Studio: Science Illustration workshop. Participants will learn the fundamentals of science illustration and how to draw from bones. Limited to 20 participants. All materials will be provided. For more details, please visit the event’s website. Tickets range from $15-20.

Date: until April 30; New York Hall of Science · 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY

The New York Hall of Science’s Vanitas (in a Petri dish) is a series of digital prints by contemporary bio-artist Suzanne Anker, who uses some of the tools, materials and methodologies of biotech researchers, along with the artistic tools of photography, symbolism and metaphor. This exhibition runs until April 30. Free with NYSCI admission; please visit the website for more details.

Date: May 4, 6-7PM ($3-6); American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, New York City

Contemporary artist Marina Zurkow will lead a tour through the exhibition Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible, discussing the relationship among the animal, art, and science.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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