Exhibitions in Ketchum
February 6 – April 17, 2015
THE BRAIN is both the most complex part of the human body and the least understood. According to the National Institutes of Health, scientists have learned more about the brain in the past ten years than in all previous centuries. Yet so much of how it functions is still a mystery. And that mystery is driving research in numerous branches of neuroscience: neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change neural pathways in response to injury or changes in environment or behavior); the workings of neurotransmitters; the effects of and treatments for strokes, brain injuries and mental illness; how we learn; why some of us learn differently; and memory—from work on Alzheimer’s and dementia to studies of people whose memories are extraordinarily detailed and permanent. Recently, the relationship between the brain and the arts has become its own field of inquiry: neuroaesthetics.
The Center offers this BIG IDEA project as an opportunity for conversation about recent advances in neuroscience as well as a celebration of the wonder and mystery of the brain. Its complexity and capability are what distinguish us as human beings, shaping who we are as individuals and as a species.
The exhibition includes the work of DEBORAH ASCHHEIM who has created several bodies of work about the brain, its physical structure and memory; After a number of years of making art about the pharmaceutical industry, painter BEVERLY FISHMAN has recently begun a body of work examining the connection between pharmaceuticals and the brain; REBECCA KAMEN has spent her career creating artwork that illuminates the world of science. Her dyslexia has driven an interest in neuroscience in particular. Recently, she’s begun investigating the work of SANTIAGO RAMÓN Y CAJAL, a Spanish scientist who won a 1906 Nobel Prize for his drawings of brain cells and is considered the father of modern neuroscience; Following a car accident that left him with short-term memory problems; JAMES STERLING PITT began making drawings he describes as calendars, white sheets of paper covered with shapes that have a glyph-like quality; KATHERINE SHERWOOD began her career making tightly controlled paintings full of symbolism. When a stroke left her paralyzed on her right side at the age of 44, she thought her career was over. After a period in which she made no work, she taught herself to paint with her left hand. What resulted were much looser, more intuitive paintings.
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Visual Arts Events
Gallery Walks, FREE at The Center, Ketchum
- Friday, Feb 13, 5–7pm
- Friday, March 13, 5–7pm
Start your Gallery Walk at The Center!
Evening Exhibition Tours, FREE at The Center, Ketchum
- Thursday, Feb 19, 5:30pm
- Thursday, March 12, 5:30pm
- Thursday, April 9, 5:30pm (Artist REBECCA KAMEN will address her work and its connection to that of Santiago Ramón y Cajal at 6:15pm following the April 9 tour)
Enjoy a glass of wine as you tour the exhibition with The Center’s curators and gallery guides. Favor de llamar al Centro de las Artes para arreglar visitas guiadas en español.