In Atlanta, The David J. Sencer CDC Museum’s new exhibition--The World Unseen: Intersections of Art and Science—gathers the work of ten international artists who draw upon microbiology, biotechnology, anatomy, and texts in their investigations of microbes and cells, DNA, history of disease and science, the body, and beauty.
Open through August 30, 2019, the exhibition examines how contemporary artists use the visual language and principles of microbiology, biotechnology, and other sciences to create provocative paintings, drawings, installations, and videos.
The World Unseen artists all share a deep interest in science, and some are scientists themselves or collaborate closely with researchers. Some mine the images of the unseen world to comment about the debates that swarm around the intersection of disease and ethics—past, present, and future. Others are drawn to the abstract beauty of what is sub-visible—real and imagined. Several of the artists use their work as starting points to understand the complex relationships between humans and their biological systems. They also examine challenges facing us in the 21st century, including emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Collectively, these artists ponder the humanistic and scientific implications of knowing and seeing what we normally cannot see:
Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ruth Cuthand, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Anna Dumitriu, Brighton, United Kingdom
Amie Esslinger, Atlanta, Georgia
Lorrie Fredette, Saugerties, New York
Bojana Ginn, Atlanta, Georgia
Nathaniel Price, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jody Rasch, Port Chester, New York
Laura Splan, Brooklyn, New York
The David J. Sencer CDC Museum is located at 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Admission and parking are free. Driver’s license or passport required for entry. The CDC Museum is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with extended hours to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. The museum is closed on all federal holidays. For more information, visit the museum website at http://www.cdc.gov/museum/visitor.htm.