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AAAS Exhibits Bridge Art and Science
An exhibition of paintings by the acclaimed Parisian artist Marie Laurence Gaudrat at the headquarters building of AAAS, the non-profit science society, depicts landscapes, still lifes and portraits that are permeated with a sense of joy, health and happiness.
"Painting, for me, is a road to access our major emotions," said Gaudrat. "It is a quiet center from which one so often deviates in agitation from the multitude . . . the emotional density of suspended time." She will share more about her art at a reception that will be open to the public on 28 April.
Her work is the latest exhibit of the AAAS Art of Science and Technology Program, which was established 18 years ago to bridge science and the arts, and is part of a year-long international focus that features the work of artists from Switzerland, Germany, and Mexico.
Concurrent with Gaudrat's show will be the first AAAS exhibition of the winners of the Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The competition, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Science, recognizes scientists, engineers, visualization specialists and artists for producing or commissioning innovative work in visual communications.
"Science needs a public constituency," said Virginia Stern, gallery curator and director of the Project on Science, Technology and Disability for the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs. "This shows that science can reach the public, and that scientists can use art to explain their work."
Gaudrat's exhibit, "Portraits and Landscapes of France," opens to the public on 28 April and will run through 11 June 2004. Gaudrat's paintings are being exhibited through the courtesy of Jean-Jacques Lawrence, Science Counselor at the Embassy of France. The Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge works go on display 4 May.
Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the AAAS building at 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com, or call Virginia Stern at 202-326-6672.
28 April 2004
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