Perlman Teaching Museum kicks off academic year with two new exhibits

16 August 2018

Carleton’s Perlman Teaching Museum will kick off the academic year with two new art exhibits. Opening September 10 in the Kaemmer Gallery, “UnikKautte” showcases Carleton’s Inuit art collection, and opening September 14 in the Braucher Gallery, “Pulchra Scientia: The Aesthetics of Discovery” explores the intersection of art and science.

“UnikKautte” presents just a sampling of a unique collection of Inuit prints recently gifted to the college by Kip Lilly, Carleton Class of 1971. By depicting various aspects of their daily lives, communities, and environments, these Inuit (indigenous people of northern Canada and parts of Greenland and Alaska) printmakers prove themselves true storytellers (UnikKautte) who present sparse and carefully edited scenes that challenge conventional notions of perspective and narrative. The featured prints come from the Cape Dorset, Povungnituk, and Homan Island Print cooperatives in Northern Quebec and Nunavut.

On Friday, September 28, at 4 p.m., Kip Lilly will speak about the collection in Room 236 of the Weitz Center for Creativity. A reception celebrating the exhibit will follow in the Weitz Commons.

“Pulchra scientia: The Aesthetics of Discovery” is an international showcase, featuring the work of over 30 contemporary artists that reflect current scientific developments. Curated by Perlman Teaching Museum director Jeff Rathermel with assistance from Carleton’s various social and physical science departments, the exhibit is designed to engage the mind while exploring the ways science invokes art in all forms to communicate complex concepts while reminding us that science is beautiful.

“Beauty does not simply refer to compositions of shape, color, balance, and form that yield a sense of aesthetic pleasure and satisfaction,” notes Rathermel. “Beauty can be a set of qualities that pleases the intellect. To the trained eye, a mathematical formula, a chemical equation, or a taxonomic system can be elegant, balanced, and harmonious.”

“Pulchra scientia” open Friday, September 14 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Commons.

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The Perlman Teaching Museum is located in the Weitz Center for Creativity, located at Third and College Streets in Northfield. Admission is free and open to the public, and the facility is handicapped accessible. Museum hours are Mon-Wed, 11 am-6 pm; Thurs-Fri, 11 am-9 pm; and Sat-Sun, 12 pm-4 pm. For more information, call (507) 222-4342.