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Vol 05 Fall 16 Library
The Fralin Museum of Art

A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne

Dorothea Rockburne
American, b. 1932
Geometry of Stardust: Curvature, 2009–2010
Lascaux Perlacryl and Aquacryl paint,Golden High Load Titanium white, and gold leaf on Strathmore watercolor paper
24 3/4 x 20 in (62.9 x 50.8 cm)
Courtesy of the studio of Dorothea Rockburne
© 2016 Dorothea Rockburne / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

This fall and winter, visitors to The Fralin Museum of Art are being offered a fascinating look into artistic inspiration that is literally out of this world, in a special exhibition entitled A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne. Thanks to her studies with mathematician Max Dehn at the legendary Black Mountain College in the early 1950’s, the Canadian artist has interwoven her art with the worlds of astronomy, mathematics, and topography. Rockburne is known for relating mathematical theory to the planetary movements and light captured by deep space telescopes. The exhibition, curated by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in conjunction with the studio of Dorothea Rockburne, was organized for The Fralin Museum of Art by Curator of Exhibitions, Rebecca SchoenthalA Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne explores the significance of mathematics in Rockburne’s most recent works and includes two of her early folded drawings, which have gained Rockburne national and international recognition. Highlights include Rockburne’s Geometry of Stardustseries (2009-2010) and the colored pencil drawings from her Watermill Series (2013-2015), which are on public exhibition for only the second time. Rockburne was on hand to discuss her work on October 6th with David Peifer, Professor of Mathematics at UNC – Asheville, who gave an overview of the life and work of mathematician Max Dehn, with whom Rockburne studied during her time at Black Mountain College.

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