Patterns, systems, and networks are all around us, and in this digital age we are increasingly aware of their influence on our lived experience. This exhibition explores some of the ways in which human beings create and manipulate patterns, and why we are intrinsically driven to do so. Patterns allow us to understand and predict complex natural and cultural phenomena, and to create artworks and other structures of surprising complexity and unity.
An interdisciplinary project, the show is co-curated by Rachel Roe-Dale, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Skidmore College, and Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, Tang Museum, and will feature collaborations by a number of Skidmore College faculty from across the disciplines to help investigate why the human brain discerns, designs, and desires pattern. The exhibition will include contemporary and historical artworks, artifacts, and material culture from around the world.