The University Record, March 5, 2001

Photo story: ‘Genetic Revolution’ opens March 17

‘Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution,’ an exhibition mounted by the New York City-based contemporary art center Exit Art, will be on display March 17–May 27 in the Museum of Art’s Apse. A specially tailored version of the original exhibition will be presented at the U-M.

As the University moves ahead with the Life Sciences Initiative, the exhibition explores artists’ reactions to genetic discoveries and to the larger ethical and social implications raised by this new knowledge.

Artwork in the exhibition ranges from David Kremer’s ‘Trophoblast’—an image grown from colored bacteria on clear acrylic plates—to Bradley Rubenstein’s ‘Untitled’ series, featuring photographic portraits of children that are subtly altered to include the eyes of dogs. Disease, animals, medical imaging and the genetic manipulation of food also are addressed.

Featured at right is Suzanne Anker’s ‘Zoosemiotics (Primates),’ a 1993 work composed of glass, steel, water, hydrocal and metallic pigment.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by Marshall W. Weinberg; the Life Sciences, Values, and Society Program; the Arts of Citizenship Program; and the Office of the Vice President for Communications.

Photo and information courtesy Museum of Art