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Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution

Mar 16, 2003 – Jun 13, 2003
39 artists give shape & form to the complex & abstract ideas driving genetic research through their paintings, photographs, videos, installations & sculpture. They raise questions about the social, ecological, economic & ethical implications of science’s breakthroughs. These works investigate urgent issues & concerns triggered by the modification of human cells, nature & food, & provide viewers with an opportunity to pay closer attention to the dramatic advances of science & to reflect upon the boundaries between science & the human imagination.

Accompanying lectures included:

"A Matter of Life or Death: Artists Picturing the Genomic Revolution" by Marek Wieczorek, Professor of Art History, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

"Byrdcliffe: An American Arts & Crafts Colony" by Nancy Greene, Senior Curator, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell Univ.

"Art & Utility, Textiles of the American Arts & Crafts Movement" by Dianne Ayres, Textile Designer & Co-Author, American Arts & Crafts Textiles

"Arthur Wesley Dow, Newcomb, and the Arts & Crafts Movement" by Jessie Poesch, Emerita Professor of Art History, Tulane University

"Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls: New Discoveries" by Professor Yizhar Hirschfeld, Hebrew University, Israel. Lecture co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Center

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