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Collaborative Research [RE]Imagining Art at New Esther Klein Gallery Exhibit

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (February 2, 2018) – Six teams of researchers based at Indiana University Bloomington have reimagined science, and the results are on display in a new exhibit at the Esther Klein Gallery (EKG). [RE]Imagining Science opens on February 8, 2018 and runs through March 24, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 8th from 5:00 to 7:30 at the gallery, 3600 Market Street, Philadelphia.

[RE]Imagining Science showcases researchers’ work in the fields of visual and sound arts, design, sciences and social sciences. The exhibit features large-scale sculptural objects, photographs, installations, video works, interactive environments, microscopy images, and sound works. The artwork illustrates various scientific principles, building new ways to understand science, and potentially creating new science as an outcome.

[RE]Imagining Science was first exhibited at the Grunwald Gallery of Art at the School of Art, Architecture + Design, Indiana University Bloomington in October 2016. Six of the original 12 projects will be on display at EKG.

The artwork on display draws inspiration from a range of images, ideas and theories. Some researchers have used mathematical models, microscopy images, and protein structures to illustrate ideas found in science. Others use artmaking to clarify ways that science can inform the visual. In some of the projects, technology is used to visualize and develop new systems for imaging scientific ideas, while others rely on cells and photo-synthesis to create images, often using low-tech and handmade techniques.

This exhibition features artwork made from collaborations by: Katy Borner and Carrie Longley; Martha MacLeish, Malcolm Mobutu Smith and Matthias Weber; Jianme Wu, Suzanne Ressl and Kyle Overton; Betsy Stirratt and Alex Straiker; Margaret Dolinsky and Roger Hangarter; and Dan Kennedy and Caleb Weintraub. [RE]Imagining Science is curated by Betsy Stirratt, Director and Curator of Grunwald Gallery of Art in Bloomington.

This exhibition is sponsored by Indiana University's New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program. Further assistance comes from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies, with additional support from the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Indiana University.

About the Science Center

Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that catalyzes and connects innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. For 50+ years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development in the life sciences, healthcare, physical sciences, and emerging technology sectors. As a result, graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center’s incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing resources and programming for any stage of a business’s lifecycle, the Science Center helps scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators take their concepts from idea to IPO – and beyond.

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About the Esther Klein Gallery

The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened in 1977, uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology. EKG seeks to positively impact the cultural life of both its immediate neighborhood of West Philadelphia and the broader Philadelphia community. EKG programming is designed to explore the range of art, science and technology exhibitions, and includes gallery talks, panel discussions, and education programs. For more information, visit

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