Hunt Institute Exhibit - Worlds Within

Event Date: 
September 22, 2017 - 10:00am to December 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

Worlds Within exposes the generally unseen world of plants and their internal architecture, textures, patterns and functions. It reveals repeating patterns in nature: generic structures and forms, which recur on a macro and micro scale. The graphic impact of historical instructive botanical wall charts and models alongside monumentalized, hand-colored botanical micrographs by Rob Kesseler creates a remarkable visual bridge between the conventional purpose of scientific illustration as used in educational materials and the aesthetic interpretation of scientific imagery in contemporary art.

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents "Worlds Within," a unique collaboration between the Hunt Institute (22 September to 15 December 2017) and the Miller Gallery (23 September to 12 November 2017). The two venues, at either end of the Carnegie Mellon University campus, are exhibiting botanical micrographs by British artist Rob Kesseler (1951-) alongside botanical wall charts from Carl Ignaz Leopold Kny's (1841–1916) series "Botanische Wandtafeln" (Berlin, Paul Parey, 1874-1911).

Opening receptions
The opening receptions on Friday, 22 September are open to the public (5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Institute; 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Miller Gallery). Rob Kesseler will be attending both receptions (5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Institute; 6:15-8:00 p.m. at the Miller Gallery).

Panel discussion
A panel discussion, "The artist in the lab, the scientist in the studio," will be held on Thursday, 28 September, 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Room CFA-111, Carnegie Mellon University. Rob Kesseler, "Worlds Within" artist, and Steve Tonsor, Director of Science and Research, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and moderator Edith Doron, Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, Senior Manager of Carnegie Nexus, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, will discuss the evolution of relationships between artists and scientists into research partnerships and will consider potential avenues for the intersections of these two disciplines in the future. This event is free and open to the public. For information, contact the STUDIO ([email protected]).

Viburnum opulus, Guelder rose [Viburnum opulus Linnaeus, Caprifoliaceae], hand-colored micrograph on canvas by Rob Kesseler (1951–), 2008, reproduced by permission of the artist. This detail of a leaf shows the stellate hairs (110× magnification).

[Sclereids (support cells) in Fig. 1. Humulus lupulus Linnaeus, Cannabaceae; Fig. 2. Deutzia scabra Thunberg, Hydrangeaceae; Fig. 3. Nuphar lutea (Linnaeus) Smith, Nymphaeaceae], color lithograph by W. A. Meyn (fl.1874–1911), 81.5 × 66 cm, after an original by Carl Ignaz Leopold Kny (1841–1916) and C. Müller (–1911) for Kny, Botanische Wandtafeln (Berlin, Paul Parey, 1874–1911, pl. 7), HI Art accession no. 6699.007.

Event Type: 
Guelder rose, hand-colored micrograph on canvas by Rob Kesseler.
Color lithograph by W. A. Meyn (fl.1874–1911)