Cabinets of Curiosity: A Scientific Art Show in Davis
Nov. 21, 2011
"Musei Wormiani Historia," the frontispiece from the Museum Wormianum depicting Ole Worm's cabinet of curiosities.(Courtesy, Wikipedia)
Billed as "found object and sculpture featuring 17 student artists," the event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at 721 7th St., Davis (corner of 7th and G streets). A performance art by Evan Clayburg is set for 8 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
"Find out what happens when artists mix this concept with the strange world of insects using found object and sculpture," said entomologist/artist Diane Ullman, co-founder and co-director of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program. She is a longtime professor of entomology at UC Davis and associate dean for undergraduate academic programs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
"This show is based on the fusion of art and science, particularly insects and art and is based on the theme of Cabinets of Curiosity," said Art/Science Fusion Program teaching assistant Anna Davidson, who is a third-year PhD student in the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group, housed in the Department of Plant Sciences.
"Cabinets of Curiosity were pre-museum, pre-Linnaeus collections of curiosities from around the world featured for the affluent in the 15th and 16th centuries," Davidson said. "Curious items were either displayed in cabinets or entire rooms. We have created a cabinet of curiosity consisting of 20 drawers. Each drawer is a shallow, glass covered box that tells a story about insects using found object and sculpture. Each piece is very unique.
"There will also be a local--but becoming more famous--performance artist named Evan Clayburg performing at 8 p.m. His piece will be a surprise. We will also have two Djs."
"The gallery is an empty house that we will transform into an art space to facilitate this one-night underground art show," Davidson said.
The UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program meshes art with science in undergraduate education and community outreach.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology