Archemy: The Periodic Table at 150

mural section featuring chemical designs and shapes made of various materials

Science-Influenced Art by Dan Jay

September 1 – December 31, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 6, 2019, 5-7 PM


ARCHEMY: The Periodic Table at 150 celebrates the publishing of the Periodic Table of the Elements by the Russian Chemist, Dmitri Mendeleev.  This was a landmark event for science and, in fact, for human history.  Establishing the ordered alignment of the elements that showed a periodic repeat of chemical and physical properties illustrated for the first time that there was an order to the nature of things and that we mortals could begin to comprehend the rules.

Artist-Scientist Dan Jay has made art using elements of the Periodic Table to inspire where art and science meet.  Highlights of this show include two large collages.  The first was made by Jay and museum visitors at the Peabody Essex Museum (whose roots are so closely tied to the sea) using elements that start with the letter “S” to evoke the sea.  The second, made together with students at the Boston Arts Academy, used iron filings and rust to capture the invisible lines of force of magnetic fields.

This show celebrates thinking across traditional boundaries and demonstrates how this may provide novel outreach to inspire the next generation to be scientists and artists.  It is hoped that this show enhances next-generation thinking and aligns well with the mission at Tufts to promote dialog and collaboration across diverse disciplines. 

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