Friday, March 20th, the LCVA presents the first of its 2015 Salons, “Self-Similarity: Fractals, Frameworks, Broken Pasts, and Electric Sheep.” Inspired by the conversation-based learning exchanges of the Enlightenment era salon, LCVA Salons explore diverse interdisciplinary topics prompted by the art work on view in the museum galleries.
The Salon opens at 5 pm, the conversation begins at 5:30 pm. A brief reception will follow.
“Self-Similarity” delves into fractals, which are widely represented in the natural world, human behaviors, and mathematics. Guests include software artist Dr. Scott Draves, who wrote the Fractal Flames code that powers Electric Sheep, currently on view at LCVA as part of its Artificial/Life exhibition, Dr. Edward L. Kinman (Professor of Geography and Earth Science/Assistant Dean for Assessment and Program Improvement for Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences, Longwood University), Dr. Leigh Lunsford (Professor of Mathematics, Longwood University), and Dr. Walter S. Witschey (Research Professor of Anthropology and Geography, Longwood University).
The LCVA is a 20,000-square-foot exhibition center featuring two rotating galleries that have shown works of worldwide importance, including the award-winning Reflecting Centuries of Beauty: The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art, the nationally traveled Pre-Columbian Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art, and a steady stream of solo and group exhibitions for nationally known artists such as Faith Ringgold, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Lesley Dill, David Macaulay, and Kojo Griffin.
The LCVA also dedicates one gallery to a permanent exhibition of stunning African art, part of the Ziegler and Brumfield Collections of African Art. In 1997 Robert Ziegler, a longtime resident of Africa, established this collection with twenty-six important pieces. In 1999, Thomas and Donna Brumfield donated an additional eighty-eight works of African art. The collection includes an impressive array of statues, masks, drums, baskets, and garments, covering four geographical areas, twelve countries, and twenty-seven cultures. A catalog of this collection, Telling Objects: African Art from the Permanent Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, is available.