Guest post by Natalie Kulikowski, Research Assistant
“So much of both art and science tries to take the complexity of the world and represent it two-dimensionally,” said Mark Peterson, Professor of Physics and Mathematics, at the first of a 3-part series of interdisciplinary talks that began last week at the Art Museum. Joined by Professor of Asian Studies Indira V. Peterson—yes, the two are married—the Petersons, with their inherently interdisciplinary backgrounds, are an especially fitting team to kick off a lecture series that illuminates the intersections of science and art.
Left to right: Ashley Kosa '15, Indira V. Peterson, and Mark Peterson
Titled “Transcending Boundaries,” the series grew from a student-driven initiative coordinated by Ashley Kosa ’15, art history major and co-chair of the Museum’s student group The Society of Art Goddesses. The talks, delivered by MHC faculty, will focus on works of art in the Museum’s collection and the many lenses through which we can begin to appreciate them across different disciplines.
Professor Indira V. Peterson recounts the history of India's astronomical observatories.
Last week, the Professors Peterson co-delivered a lecture titled "The Art of Indian and Islamic Astrolabes and Sighting Instruments" in which Mark explained their role as astronomical instruments while Indira described their cultural and historical context, from their depiction in a 17th Indian painting to their monolithic cousins still standing at the Jantar Mantar observatory complex in Delhi.
Professor Mark Peterson lectures about Islamic astrolabes from the Museum's collection
We hope you’ll join us for the rest!
Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:30 p.m.
"Using Light to Investigate Paintings"
Maria A. Gomez, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Monday, April 15th at 4:30 p.m.
"Art and Science in Giambattista Nolli's Great Plan of Rome (1748)"
Jessica Maier, Assistant Professor of Art History