Exhibition at Mona Museum Explores the Origins of Art
The Australian museum will place culture under a microscope.
Is art adaptive? Has it, in some way, helped humans to survive and procreate? Has the impulse to create and appreciate art been passed on through evolution?
The Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Australia (Mona), asks and reckons with these weighty questions in its upcoming exhibition, “On the Origin of Art,” in which four groundbreaking scientists enter a new curatorial laboratory. After considering the questions posed by Mona, scientists Steven Pinker, Brian Boyd, Geoffrey Miller, and Mark Changizi will posit hypothetical answers, and perhaps more questions, within their individually curated spaces in the museum.
Through the presentation of visual works, these unlikely curators will translate their own scientific methodology into a cultural one, all while reevaluating the conventional role of museums and art as the determinants of culture. Artists on view will include Andy Goldsworthy, Ryan McGinley, Daniel Crooks, and Ernesto Neto.
Bound to neither time, nor culture “On the Origin of Art” will present a collection of 234 objects from 35 countries that aims to guide viewers in exploring the biology of humanity’s ongoing artistic drive. The Mona hopes that in doing so, visitors are liberated to view the works through an unusual lens, thinking scientifically about the phenomena of art-making, as opposed to focusing solely on its cultural facets.
Free tickets for Mona’s opening weekend are currently available on their website.
“On the Origin of Art” will be on view at the Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania from November 5 2017- April 17, 2017.
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