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“Spiraling Inwards”

September 25, 2007 – December 16, 2007

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


Steve Miller - Rose Art Museum

Miller has been exploring the boundaries between art and science for more than 20 years. Emerging in New York in the 1970’s as an abstract painter and conceptual artist, Miller gradually became fascinated with the origins of life and the ways in which such fundamental and unseen realities could be translated into art. Featuring more than three-dozen paintings and drawings, the exhibition will offer a comprehensive view of his attempt to capture visually the most basic functions of living organisms. This is Miller’s first solo museum exhibition in the US.

For the past five years Miller has been working with Nobel Laureate and Brandeis alum Rod MacKinnon to translate MacKinnon’s research in biochemistry into a visual form. MacKinnon, who graduated from Brandeis in 1978, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003 for demonstrating how a charged ion moves across a cell membrane. This discovery has had a profound impact on life-curing medications. Miller met MacKinnon in 2002 at which time MacKinnon invited him to use his personal scientific notebooks in Miller’s art. The exhibition is curated by Rose Director Michael Rush.

Exhibition Catalog

 Rose Art Museum


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