Exhibition: Science in Motion: The Photographic Studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Berenice Abbott and Harold Edgerton
September 20, 2019–January 5, 2020
Photography itself was born out of a passionate engagement between art and science.
“…there needs to be a friendly interpreter between science and the layman. I believe that photography can be this spokesman, as no other form of expression can be; for photography, the art of our time, the mechanical scientific medium which matches the pace and character of our era, is attuned to the function. There is an essential unity between photography, science’s child, and science, the parent.”
—Berenice Abbott, Photography and Science, 1939
Photography’s pioneers, Josef Nicéphore Niépce, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot, were inventors, scientists and mathematicians. The results of their intellectual endeavors dramatically affected the art form and forged a reciprocal relationship between art and science in photography that has continued to this day.
This exhibition of thirty-six photographs offers a rich and extensive view of the scientific studies done by three of photography’s greats—Eadweard Muybridge, Berenice Abbott and Harold Edgerton. Each of these artists invented devices to study and represent aspects of light and motion scientifically and photographically. Their works not only illustrate scientific phenomena clearly and elegantly but also reveal the artists’ individual artistic sensibilities.
Sunday, December 8 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, December 9 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 10 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 11 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, December 12 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, December 13 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, December 14 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, December 15 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, December 16 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 17 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 18 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996