Approximately 200 visitors packed the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery in the Annunciation Center at the College of Saint Elizabeth, for the opening of The Abstract Universe: Microcosm/ Macrocosm, a multi-disciplinary program, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, that examines the relationship between art and science. The exhibition, which closes April 15, 2012, is open to the public, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m., and by appointment by calling 973-290-4315.
CSE students, faculty, staff, and visitors mingled with the artists during the late afternoon reception. They viewed works created in many different styles and with a variety of materials: Different sized, orange circles are up close images of the intricacies and beauty of soap bubbles; A wall-size painting in bold colors of yellow, orange, and green celebrates the botanical richness of the Earth; Cosmic collisions and meteors inspire the copper and gun metal tones in ceramic sculptures; The moon figures prominently in a mixed media box; An unidentified astronomical object floats in the painted blues and grays of outer space. The list continues as the artists explore the intersection of art and science.
Immediately following the reception, the premiere of the documentary Out of the Shadows took place in Dolan Performance Hall, also in Annunciation Center, on campus. The film, which reveals how a Rembrandt painting was uncovered and authenticated through the use of advanced scientific technology, was presented by its award-winning Toronto director Kevin Sullivan. After the film, Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D., director of the CSE Maloney Art Gallery, interviewed the director and three other artists in the exhibition, about their fascination with, and merging of, science and their art forms.
Then, on Thursday, April 12, 2012, CSE hosts a program, When Art and Science Collaborate for high school students that includes mini-presentations and workshops and focuses on the different aspects of the intersection between art and science. The presenters are selected from the fields of science, art, dance, music and theater.
Abstract Universe Artists Are Listed Below
LaThoriel Badenhausen, New York, N.Y.
Kiyomi Baird, Far Hills, N.J.
Emily Barnett, Carle Place, N.Y.
Tom Vogt, Columbia, S.C.
Anna Beaver, Wyomissing, Pa.
Gianluca Bianchino, Little Falls, N.J.
Paul Dacey, Jackson Heights, N.Y.
Richard L. Dana, Bethesda, Md.
Michele Fraichard, Long Beach, Calif.
Lorrie Fredette, West Camp, N.Y.
Carlos Frias, Bloomfield, N.J.
Michael Gale, Oreland, Pa.
Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Canberra, Australia
Adel and Mary Gorgy, Baldwin Harbor, N.Y.
Valerie Huhn, New York, N.Y.
Kay Kenny, South Orange, N.J.
Theodore Largman, Morristown, N.J.
Deanna C. Lee, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Michelle Levante, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nancy J. Ori, Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Paula Overbay, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Carol Prusa, Boca Raton, Fla.
Larry Ross, Madison, N.J.
Kiyoko Sakai, Ridgewood, N.J.
Assunta Sera, New York, N.Y.
Linda Stillman, New York, N.Y.
Will Suarez, Jersey City, N.J.
Toni Thomas, Newark, N.J.
Lisa G. Westheimer, West Orange, N.J.