July 12, 2012
The National Academy of Sciences has been collecting and exhibiting diverse works of art since 1924, when its landmark building opened on the National Mall in Washington. Convergence: The Art Collection of the National Academy of Sciences presents for the first time a significant portion of that collection, including historic pieces by John James Audubon, Harry Bertoia, Hildreth Meière, and J.P. Wilson as well as contemporary works by Mia Brownell, Joy Garnett, Jill Greenberg, David Maisel, Vik Muniz, and many others.
Convergence is the first publication to present the Academy's historic and prescient holdings. No other force has had greater impact on contemporary culture than advancements in science and technology, providing rich terrain for artists to explore and investigate. The Academy's growing collection encompasses painting, prints, sculpture, photography, and architecture (in the form of its newly restored historic building). Convergence includes essays by E. O. Wilson, Roald Hoffmann, Anne Collins Goodyear, Andrew Solomon, and Lucy Lippard, who help to connect the dots between the emerging and increasingly influential intersections of visual culture and science.