Princeton-based artist, educator, and activist Judith Brodsky’s new exhibition, “The 20 Most Important Scientific Questions of the 21st Century,” is currently on view at the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities in New Brunswick through December 14. An opening event is set for Tuesday, October 30.
The series of large print works in exhibition was inspired by a New York Times article that asked scientists to respond to a series of questions, including “How Many Body Parts Can Be Replaced?” “Are Men (Women) Necessary?” “Can We Live Forever?” and “Could Science Prove There’s a God?”
About the exhibition, Brodsky says in a statement, “I hope that viewers will go away thinking about the impact and importance of science in their lives and in the future of the world — about the origins of the universe, about climate, about gender and sexuality, and about the extension of life and what it means.”
Brodsky, whose etchings and lithographs are in regional and international permanent collections, is a professor emerita of visual arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and a co-founder and co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art, a part of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers.
She also founded the Brodsky Center, established in 1986 as the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper and now part of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and participated in the creation of the Princeton-based Queenstown Press.
The exhibition’s curator is Ferris Olin, an art historian, women’s studies scholar, Rutgers professor emerita, and co-founder and co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art.
She and Brodsky have co-coordinated various exhibitions, including the multi-venue “Fertile Crescent” in 2012.That exhibition involved works by dozens of contemporary feminist artists of Middle Eastern heritage.
A recent collaboration is the newly released book, “Junctures in Women’s Leadership: The Arts.” Published by Rutgers University Press, the book looks at women who have led or founded cultural organizations and explores such themes as feminist leadership, inclusivity and gender parity, and the feminization of the arts.
“The 20 Most Important Scientific Questions of the 21st Century” marks its formal opening on October 30 with a 5 p.m. reception and a 5:30 to 7 p.m. artist lecture and public discussion on the relationship between art and science. Admission is free.
Participating in the discussion is Brodsky’s daughter, Dr. Frances M. Brodsky. In addition to being the author of more than 100 scientific papers, Frances Brodsky is the director of biosciences and professor of cell biology at University College London and a former professor at the University of California. She is also the author of the Dr. Celeste Braun mystery novel series, written under the nom-de-plume B.B. Jordon.
The 20 Most Important Scientific Questions of the 21st Century, Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Mabel Smith Douglass Room, Douglass Library, 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. 848-932-3726 or cwah.rutgers.edu/home.