Math + Art
December 7, 2013 to May 4, 2014
Most of us are not naturally inclined to think about mathematics when looking at a work of art. And yet the disciplines of math and art have been inextricably linked throughout history as artists have continually used mathematical principals and concepts to guide their visual creativity. This exhibition, featuring over thirty prints, paintings, and sculptures from the WAG’s permanent collection, celebrates the fascinating and ongoing relationship between mathematics and visual art.
Offering a particular focus on 20th century art, Math + Art provides an opportunity to explore modern art through the lens of mathematics during a time when artists were experimenting geometric abstraction and considering mathematical theories in the creation of their two- and three-dimensional works of art. From the surreal juxtapositions of Salvador Dali to the grid-inspired conceptual art of Sol Le Witt; from the towering block structures of Kazuo Nakamura to Bertram Brooker’s drawing of a four-dimensional tesseract, this exhibition offers an inspiring variety of work that challenges the mind and delights the senses. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with specific works in the exhibition through a series of fun and challenging interactive Math + Art cards exploring three mathematical themes: Shape and Dimension, Number and Relation, and Symmetry and Pattern.
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Past Programs & Events
Join Dr. Naested to learn about her latest co-authored publication, designed to encourage teachers to integrate visual art with other disciplines including mathematics. Select artworks from the Math + Art exhibition will be used to demonstrate the fascinating links that can be drawn between teaching the disciplines of math and art.
Sunday April 6, 2014 at 2pm
With Tim Rogalsky, associate professor of mathematics at Canadian Mennonite University, explore the works of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Salvador Dali, who have deliberately tapped into this spiritual tradition.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12pm to 1pm
- Tuesday 11am-5pm
- Wednesday 11am-5pm
- Thursday 11am-5pm
- Friday 11am-9pm
- Saturday 11am-5pm
- Sunday 11am-5pm
- Closed Monday
The Gallery is closed to the public on Saturday, April 25 for the Members' Preview of Olympus. Find out more here.