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Crossing disciplines to explore the unexpected

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Skirball Cultural Center. Trees, Time, and Technology: Ancient Wisdom for a Future Ecology. Weathered Wood Of An Ancient Bristlecone Pine
(Pinus Longaeva), Great Basin, 2023, Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg. Photograph. Stock media provided by [imageBROKER]/ Pond5.

The worlds of art and science are set to collide every five years thanks to J. Paul Getty Trust and its collaborating institutions in the landmark event, PST Art: Art & Science Collide, returning in September 2024.

MOLAA. ARTEONICA*: Art, Science, and Technology in Latin America Today. Matrix Vegetal, 2021/22, Patricia Domínguez. Commissioned by Screen City Biennial and Cecilia Brunson Projects. Installation at Macalline Art Center, Beijing. ©Patricia Domínguez.
Craft Contemporary. Nature Near: Material Experimentation in Architecture and Design. Biophilic Knit Mold tensioned by scaffold, 2019, Christine Yogiaman. Textile mold. Courtesy of the artist. ©2019 Christine Yogiaman.

Over 50 museums and institutions will exhibit at the event, all delving into the intersections of art and science, both past and present, as well as looking toward the future. The exhibitions on display will cover a broad spectrum, ranging from ancient cosmologies to Indigenous sci-fi, and from environmental justice to artificial intelligence.

J. Paul Getty Museum. Lumen: The Art & Science of Light. Pentecost, from Benedictional, Ottonian, about 1030-1040. Getty Museum.
J. Paul Getty Museum. Abstracted Light: Experimental Photography. Car Light Study #7, 1939, Nathan Lerner. Getty Museum. Purchased in part with funds provided by an anonymous donor in memory of James N. Wood. ©Estate of Nathan Lerner.

“The exhibitions in this new edition of PST Art boldly go beyond the expected, sparking a fundamental shift in how we see the possibilities of both art and science,” says Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation, who has stewarded all PST Art collaborations to date. “The questions that more than 50 partner organizations are posing in their exhibitions are crucial for our very future. What can artists and scientists do in collaboration to overcome ecological damage and imagine a more sustainable future? What does the history of Southern California’s aerospace industry tell us about the movies, and about current structures of surveillance and control? How have scientists visualized the natural world, and how do artists now envision once-unthinkable scientific developments? With Art & Science Collide, PST Art is again venturing into new territory and revealing the unexpected.”

Collaborating institutions of PST: Art & Science Collide include LACMA, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, The Broad, MOCA, academic institutions including the California Institute of Technology, and more.

Oceanside Museum of Art. Transformative Currents: Art and Action in the Pacific Ocean. Dark Paradise – Chapter 2 – On restoration and future, 2023, Paul Rosero Contreras. 4k video – 5.1 surround system. Paul Rosero Contreras, 2023. ©Paul Rosero Contreras, Dos Islas Studio / USFQ, 2023 – 2024.

Exhibitions will kick off with events hosted by the Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits, with all exhibitions aiming to aid in understanding the past while considering the ecological future.

Vincent Price Art Museum. We Place Life at the Center. Fuel to Fire (image still), 2023, Carolina Caycedo. Video, color, sound. Courtesy of the artist. ©Carolina Caycedo.

Following Getty’s initial grants announcement two years ago for Art & Science Collide, artists, curators, scientists, and other professionals have conducted research for their respective exhibitions. Some teams have commissioned new works from artists or have designed immersive displays. The collection showcases work from over 800 artists, with that number likely to grow in the future.

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