Stromatolite, Hoyt Limestone, Saratoga Springs, New York, Late Cambrian

Opening Reception: Audible Bacillus

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery


Remarks by Curator Benjamin Chaffee, Associate Director of Visual Arts, at 5pm.

What does it mean for our world concept, language, ethics, and knowledge, if we accept that human bodies co-evolved with their microbiomes? Audible Bacillus posits a reconnection of our consciousness from the inside out, presenting our coexistence at a metaphoric register rather than representing or speaking for the beings within us. The works are presented not as practical scientific rhetoric but rather as investigations in their own right into a variety of themes including alternative epistemologies, the nature and source of volition, a breakdown of the boundary between self/other, the limits of our language(s), and into the radical care we need to sustain a future. Stromatolites, the fossilized remains of ancient cyanobacteria, the dominant species on the Earth billions of years ago, will also be included in the exhibition.

Exhibition on display through Sunday, March 3, 2019.

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Gallery Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, Noon-5pm; Thursday, Noon-7pm (NEW Extended Hours); Friday through Sunday, Noon-5pm.

Image: Stromatolite, Hoyt Limestone, Saratoga Springs, New York, Late Cambrian (~490 million years old). Courtesy of the Joe Webb Peoples Museum and Collections, Wesleyan University. Photography by John Giammatteo.

Listen to a conversation between Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee and Curator of the Davison Art Center Miya Tokumitsu about this exhibition on the Center for the Arts Radio Hour:

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