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Carol R. Dyson

October 12, 2017
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Creative Alchemy:  Common Source of Art and Science

curated by Carol Rhodes Dyson
April 29 - June 30, 2017
Howard University’s Interdisciplinary Research Building

Creative Alchemy: Common Source of Art and Science is an exhibition exploring intersections of art, science and spirituality

What are intersections between art, science and spirituality?  Often considered dissimilar and unrelated, connecting these areas is the subject of Creative Alchemy: Common Source of Art and Science, an exhibition at Howard University’s Interdisciplinary Research Building, 2201 Georgia Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The exhibition opens Saturday, April 29 and runs thru Friday, June 30, 2017. The opening reception on the 29th is from 2 to 5 pm and is free and open to the public.  Several of the artists will be in attendance.

Artists and scientists generally begin with an idea or concept for imagining change or solving a problem. Through creativity, inquiry, and exploration, the artist’s final product is a magical, unique, one of a kind creation while the scientist’s discovery is magical, unique, and replicable.

Common Source refers to that mind, that cauldron, that realm of ideas, possibilities and intuitive understanding. from which all things come.

Curated by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Curatorial Practice MFA candidate, Carol Rhodes Dyson, Creative Alchemy includes works by: Anne Bouie, Roslyn Cambridge, Fletcher Mackey, Evangeline “EJ” Montgomery, Angelina Samudre, Renee Stout and Meridian Public Charter School Visual Arts program under the instruction of Chinedu Felix Osuchukwu. A print of George Washington Carver was done by Platt Studios. 

Each floor of Howard University’s Interdisciplinary Research Building has a separate focus: nanotechnology (second), biological (third), and environmental (fourth).

The exhibition begins on the first floor with a Homage to George Washington Carver, mystic, artist, educator and scientist whose work encompassed an understanding of the Divine Nature and connectivity of all things.  Often within traditional African societies, the greatest scientist was also the greatest spiritualist, and it is with this referent that the exhibition was developed.

Nanno technology, the study of extremely small things, is the emphasis of research on the second floor.  The third floor research concentration is biological (e.g., Ebola, HIV, Zika, Sickle Cell).  And, on the fourth floor is environmental research and the study of cities’ air quality.  Artists’ work respond to issues and questions pertaining to the various investigations on each floor.

Howard University’s Biology Department has loaned plants related to Carver’s work in agriculture.

On view from April 29 - June 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5pm

Public programs including tours and discussions of the art and science connection will be published separately.