LUX: Art and Science Exhibition

Light reveals what is hidden, allowing us to see color, form, and movement. It illuminates our visual world making the hidden become truth to our eyes. 

Funded in part by the Cornell Council of the Arts, Lux is a unique exhibition encompassing both art and science. A combined effort by the Department of Art and the Department of Physics, this exhibition will bring to Cornell “light artists” drawn from all over the world. These are individuals recognized for giving new meaning to ideas that range from mapping the universe to drawing with light. The blending of visual arts, science, and nature is revealed in these installations. These works are inspirational not only to artists, but to scientists, engineers, and architects. An interesting thing happens when you combine art and science. The two worlds can inspire innovation in each other, strengthening the investigations in both worlds. Physicists, chemists, biologists from Cornell will hold seminars on light and its countless manifestations in nature. 

On Saturday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall, Nobel Prize winning chemist Roald Hoffmann and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Michal Lipson will give talks and Philip Krasicky from the physics department will provide interactive demonstrations of light and its technology moving from photo voltaic cells to lasers. Hoffmann will address chemical reactions which generate light and how light serves as a critical catalyst. Lipson, will speak about her work with micron-size photonic structures for light manipulation.

This exhibition will permit a cross pollination to occur between artists and a broad spectrum of scientists. It will also provide the Cornell students, faculty, alumni, and the greater community at large, to discover aspects of light, art and physics that they had never thought about.

Artists whose work will be exhibited in Milstein Hall Gallery include: Oisin Byrne, Stine Diness, Beatrice Pediconi, Jason Krugman, and Natalie Tyler. A companion exhibition will be held in Willard Straight Hall Gallery and the artists exhibiting there include: Sharyn O'Mara, Kazue Taguchi

The exhibition is curated by Natalie Tyler (

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