"Drosophila," 1934, Edith M. Wallace. Ink and watercolor on paper. ©California Institute of Technology.

Crossing Over: Art and Science at Caltech, 1920–2020

Sep
27
2024
Dec
15
2024

Crossing Over: Art and Science at Caltech, 1920–2020 is the first exhibition of its kind. Spanning one hundred years—from 1920, when Caltech assumed its current name, to the present—it explores the rich imagery in the Institute’s historic collections and compliments it with contemporary artworks. The exhibition unfolds across Caltech’s campus in six outdoor and indoor venues, some rarely seen by the general public. It features scientific drawings, paintings, photographs, films, instruments, molecular models, and rare books from the histories of Caltech and JPL, which Caltech operates for NASA. Three interconnected thematic sections—The Infinite Lawn, Time Stream, and Powers of Ten—take viewers from the “universe without” (stars, moons, planets, and galaxies) to the “universe within” (cells, genes, molecules, atoms, and subatomic particles), with unique installations by critically-acclaimed artists Lita Albuquerque, Jane Brucker, Lia Halloran, Shana Mabari, Hillary Mushkin, and Helen Pashgian rounding out the singular display.

"Drosophila," 1934, Edith M. Wallace. Ink and watercolor on paper. ©California Institute of Technology.

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