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Science Museum Oklahoma to unveil SmART Space art galleries

Galleries will explore the intersection of art and science.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 22, 2015) – As part of a multi-million dollar renovation, Science Museum Oklahoma is set to open the new SmART Space art galleries to the public on Sunday, Feb. 28. The new spaces, which will explore the intersection of art and science, open with two inaugural exhibits: “Hidden Spaces: The Artwork of Jason Cytaki and Haley Prestifilippo,” and “MAGNIFIcence: The Microcosmic Perspective.”

Art and science each provide a way for exploring and deepening our understanding of the world around us,” said Scott Henderson, director of SmART Space. “Art and science are innovative and creative, and artists and scientists have inspired each other for millennia. These new galleries give us an opportunity to explore that interaction.”

“MAGNIFIcence” explores the tiny details of the world in larger-than-life fashion. The exhibition features macro photography – enlarged photos of small objects, including photographs using scanning electron microscopes (SEM).

The exhibit displays the work of five artists and scientists. The work of Thomas Shahan, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, features stunning macro portraits of spiders. Photographer Christian Bruggeman details the surface of the human iris. Visitors can compare actual insect specimens with the larger than life photo-stacked prints by artist Bob Sober, and guess what is revealed in the SEM photography in the “Eye of Science “ a collaboration by Oliver Meckes and Nicole Ottawa.

MAGNIFIcence also includes hands-on exploration. Guests will be able to use digital microscopes to project different materials, specimens and even themselves onto a wall, and various lenses will be on display for guests to experiment with magnification, distortions and enlargements.

“The work in MAGNIFIcence showcases the vivid and incredible world that surrounds us, but is all but invisible to the naked eye,” Henderson said. “The exhibit is an amazing example of how advances in science have driven creativity and innovation in the art of photography.”

“Hidden Spaces” is an exhibit of artwork in various media created by Jason Cytaki and Haley Prestifilippo.  Both artists play on the theme of hidden spaces, but in very different contexts.

Jason Cytaki’s large-scale oil paintings and dioramas call to mind the secret lairs and hidden places often found in childhood stories of adventure. In these works, laboratories, bizarre machines and winding paths characterize fantastical avenues of exploration.

Haley Prestifilippo’s small, surreal graphite drawings on paper depict a menagerie of animals bound together by natural forces such as rock, vegetation and clouds.

“Hidden Spaces invites the viewer to create a story by asking questions about what is happening now, what happened before and what might occur in the future,” Henderson said. “The process of telling stories is a way for people to explore the world and it leads to innovation and problem solving. Innovations in science, technology, mathematics, philosophy, and more have all have benefited from these leaps of the imagination”

Admission to SmART Space is included with general admission at Science Museum Oklahoma. Daily admission is $14.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). For more information, please visit www.sciencemuseumok.org.

 

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About Science Museum Oklahoma

Science Museum Oklahoma is the state’s only hands-on science museum and, with over 350,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation.  With a mission of enriching lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science, Science Museum Oklahoma demonstrates the relationship between the physical sciences and everyday experiences. The museum influences how Oklahomans learn about science through the medium of interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live! demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events.  The museum’s clear mission and firm focus on science literacy encourages families to develop and build upon a strong foundation in the sciences.