Interpreting the Periodic Table through Art

Saturday Speaker
Saturday, May 11, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Sculptor and lecturer Rebecca Kamen hosts this month’s Saturday Speaker Series. Her two-year research journey to find meaning and inspiration for interpreting the periodic table through art took her from the Science History Institute to as far as India and Bhutan. Join us for a lively talk, as Kamen shares her insights and discoveries about the transformational power of the periodic table from an artist’s point of view.

This program is presented in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table.

About the Speaker

Rebecca Kamen with Platonic Solids

Rebecca Kamen

Rebecca Kamen in front of her installation The Platonic Solids, 2011.

Conrad Erb

Rebecca Kamen, artist and lecturer on the intersections of art and science, seeks “the truth” through observation. Her artwork is informed by wide-ranging research into cosmology, history, and philosophy, and by connecting common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and reimagine what the scientists see. She has investigated scientific rare books and manuscripts at the libraries of the American Philosophical Society, the Science History Institute, and the Cajal Institute in Madrid, using these significant scientific collections as a catalyst in the creation of her work. Kamen has researched on collaborative projects at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the National Institutes of Health. Selected as a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow in 2015, she was invited to Austria to present her work as part of a seminar titled “The Neuroscience of Art: What Are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation?” Kamen has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally. As artist in residence at the neuroscience program at the National Institutes of Health and in the Neuroscience Initiative and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, Kamen has interpreted and transformed neuroscience research into sculptural form. Her artwork is represented in many private and public collections.

About the Series

Dive into fascinating stories of science with our Saturday Speaker Series!

Every month a speaker will offer a short talk on an intriguing scientific topic, followed by a Q&A or discussion over complimentary tea and coffee. Afterward, feel free to mingle with other guests and the speaker, or spend time visiting our free museum.

Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.