Imag(in)ing Nature

Imag(in)ing Nature

While Ovid’s Metamorphoses might be the first surviving written observation that “Nature in her genius had imitated art”, the human eye, alone or with the help of scientific instruments, continues to marvel at imagery from nature.  Whether at the scale of the vast expanse of galaxies or the subatomic level, nature, as artist, continues to provide us with an unending body of breathtaking imagery, a truly infinite oeuvre.  Showcasing Nature’s artistry of life as seen through scientific instrumentation, The Krannert Art Museum’s Intermedia Gallery, in collaboration with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, presents Imag(in)ing Life, an exhibit using conventional 2 dimensional pictures, three dimensional computer-printed sculpture and immersive virtual reality spaces.  Through what we now consider crude observations of invisible nature (including this first X-Ray image of Bertha Röntgen's hand) to 3D models from the most sophisticated magnetic resonance imaging machines, this show will allow participants to view and interact with the simple beauty and unimaginable complexity of life hidden from our eyes only, made visible through the eyes of scientific imaging machines.