Quantum Mechanics Meets Picasso: Dr. Gavin Parkinson
Gaines Hall, Room 101
Quantum Mechanics Meets Picasso: Dr. Gavin Parkinson is part of the President's Fine Art Series.
MSU Office of the President and the College of Arts & Architecture present a series of artistic and cultural events focused on the intersection of art and science. All events are free and open to the public.
Dr. Gavin Parkinson will share new research on the unexpected connections between quantum mechanics and pictorial fragmentation in the work of Pablo Picasso, as that was understood in the 1930s after the advent of Relativity and quantum theory. By focusing on these major revolutions in physics and philosophy of science, he uncovers a set of overlapping institutional contexts that were crucial in the formation of the thought of Georges Bataille and also demonstrate an alternative 'postmodern' context for Picasso. Dr. Parkinson is Lecturer in European Modernism at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He writes about European art and has had a special interest in the connection between art and science in French modernism. He has also written on the reception of science fiction in France from the fifties, and on aspects of Marcel Duchamp's practice.
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