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Next Friday, 8/16 is the next and final edition of Movies on the Lawn, with a screening of How to Train Your Dragon, sponsored by Ursinus College and the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation There will be food trucks, music and Museum scavenger hunts starting at 7pm. (Movie begins at 8pm) Pop inside the Berman for an air-conditioned art break!
More >August 9, 2019 at 11:40 am
In Brandon Vickerd’s “Sputnik Returned,” a satellite appears to have crashed to earth. Vickerd was onsite a few weeks ago to install his piece on the lawn outside the Museum for the Science Fiction exhibition.
More >August 2, 2019 at 11:05 am
Happy birthday, George R. Anthonisen! Come visit his sculpture in the Berman permanent collection.
More >July 31, 2019 at 11:05 am
Summertime brings many new visitors to the Berman. Come check out our permanent collection and Science Fiction exhibition.
More >July 29, 2019 at 11:05 am
Today the Berman Museum says “farewell” to its Registrar/Collection Manager Julie Choma. We wish you all the best in your new adventures. Hope they are “out of this world!” And you are always welcome back here amongst the Chadwicks.
More >July 26, 2019 at 7:44 pm
Stop on by the museum tonight before the movie on the lawn and say “Hi” to the astronauts hiding around the building! #freefun #scavengerhunts
More >July 26, 2019 at 7:13 pm
A Q&A with Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, whose work is featured in Science Fiction.
What is your favorite Sci Fi movie or book?
The 1962 film, La Jetée, by Chris Marker. And the 1921 novel, We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin. George Orwell wrote that Zamyatin’s work was the first sci-fiction.
Can you tell about a time when technology touched your own life in a surprising way?
The wheel, the lever and the pulley are technologies that still touch me in surprising ways… and the simple wedge, as in my Husqvarna splitting axe, is essential for preparing a season of fires that make it possible for me to go off-grid every year.
What science/nature/technology image stays with you?
A trout fly, hand tied by the Joseph Grigely, is all three and it is also art.
What other influences have been important for your work?
Lately… the poems of Jim Harrison, philosophical writings of Graham Harman, and Scott Warren’s activist work.
More >July 24, 2019 at 11:15 am
Thanks so much to everyone who came out yesterday for our Moon Party! We had a wonderful time
More >July 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm
Come out today for the Moon Party, starting at noon! The first 50 visitors will receive a free @MoonPie!
More >July 20, 2019 at 9:15 am
See you tomorrow for the Moon Party! Join us for free family fun, food and film, beginning at 12 pm. The first 50 visitors will receive a free MoonPie!
More >July 19, 2019 at 11:10 am
Once an iconic landmark at the Time-Life Building in Manhattan, William Crovello’s Curved Cube now lives at Ursinus College as part of our permanent collection. Join us on July 20 at 4pm for a dedication ceremony for this modern masterwork.
More >July 12, 2019 at 11:15 am
Join us Saturday, July 20 for the Moon Party! The fun includes: *Exhibition tours
*Outdoor screening of the 1902 film Trip to the Moon
*Outdoor screening of the 2011 film Hugo
*Local brewery truck
*Photo booth with an astronaut
*Costume contest: Wear your astronaut, Star Wars, Star Trek, or space-related costume for a chance to win a prize
Free @MoonPies for the first 50 visitors”
More >July 10, 2019 at 11:15 am
Welcome back! The Museum reopens today.
More >July 8, 2019 at 9:50 am
FBF# The 1980 installation of Glenn Zweygardt’s Bearkeeper sculpture at Myrin Library, a gift of the Berman family.
More >July 5, 2019 at 11:40 am
A Q&A with artist Heiko Blankenstein, whose work is featured in Science Fiction
What is your favorite sci-fi movie or book?
VURT by Jeff Noon….maybe not exactly sci-fi by regular standards, but an amazing thrill to read, with some of the most imaginative passages I ever read.
Can you share a time when technology touched your life in a surprising way?
Probably when I was first getting interested in nuclear fusion while doing research for my artworks. The technology that’s being developed in order to make fusion work as a source of energy here on earth is simply mind-blowing and was to my surprise extremely beautiful. The same counts for CERN , the huge particle accelerator I was lucky enough to visit a few years ago, and for mathematical visualisations of Lorenz Attractors, which are part of chaos theory research.
Can you share a science/nature/technology image that stays with you?
…wouldn’t even know where to start, close up images of comet churyumov-gerasimenko, solar flares, tokamaks, close-ups of granules on the sun’s surface, radar imagery of the surface of venus, and simply countless images of nature here on earth, from the most microscopic textures and living organisms to vast mountain ranges or seascapes.
What other influences have been important for your work?
I would say being in the mountains and forests is a huge influence, the observation of nature and understanding how everything is connected in combination with the time and quietness to think up new ideas is most important source for art for me. The underlying theme of my work was always nature in its broadest sense, the realization that space is part of nature too ,made me work on astronomical and cosmological subject matter for the past years…I guess these things always interested me , even when I was a child, simply for their resistance to be fully understood – how can one understand things like infinity of space ?
More >June 30, 2019 at 11:40 am
Chicago-based multimedia artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s conceptual work is equally inspired by architecture and the natural world. See it in Science Fiction, on view now.
More >June 28, 2019 at 11:10 am
Curators Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan of @curatorsquared on their new show Science Fiction:
Why this exhibition and why now?
We see art as a reflection or prediction of the conditions of the culture and time in which we live. We had been seeing that a number of artists were reflecting on the relationship between art and science, between fact and fiction, most referencing space exploration, all exploring in one way or another the nature of evidence. We thought that bringing this work together, in the context of a college community where these kinds of questions are at the core of the educational mission would be indeed timely. And as the schedule gelled and the timing of the show aligned with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11’s moon landing, everything fell into place.
What are some examples of the ways fact and fiction and utopia and dystopia emerge in the work shown here?
Each artist approaches these dichotomies distinctly: @LucyMcRae adopts the persona of a scientific researcher as she experiments with the effects of space travel on the human body in her simulated environmental installations, shown here in highly produced videos. In very different ways @HeikoBlankenstein, @KenFandell, and @studio_michaelnajjar build fantastical images that begin with observed concepts and conditions and eventually transport us into fantasy worlds. @new_empiricisms’s Beach for Carl Sagan could be seen in this way as well. Evan Roth brings us to the very point where the internet, a dematerialized construct, switches from actual to virtual.
What works or ideas might surprise viewers’ assumptions about science and art?
What we find amazing is transformation of fantasy into fact: Elon Musk sending his little sports car into orbit as it blasted David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, released July 11, 1969, just a week before Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Science? Fiction? Hard to tell the difference.
More >June 26, 2019 at 11:35 am
Happy birthday, Robert Henri! His painting Red Head and the Brunette is in the Berman permanent collection.
More >June 24, 2019 at 11:10 am
Brandon Vickerd’s Sputnik Returned is a stainless steel replica of the first manmade satellite to orbit the earth, situated as if it had crashed back down to the surface. First installed in 2013, it’s part of the Science Fiction exhibition.
More >June 21, 2019 at 11:10 am
Take a break and come stroll through our sculpture garden, featuring works by Lynn Chadwick, Ernest Shaw, Mary Shaffer and many others.
More >June 19, 2019 at 11:10 am
“The future is the mirror of the present. We are the future time.” — Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho on their inspirations. See their futuristic visions in the Science Fiction exhibition.
More >June 14, 2019 at 11:10 am
Michael Najjar will be the first artist astronaut in space. His work is on view in Science Fiction through October 9.
More >June 10, 2019 at 11:10 am
On this day in 1918, a solar eclipse was observed at Baker City, Oregon by scientists and an artist hired by the United States Navy. Because cameras weren’t up to the task of documenting the event, the scientists relied on the skills of a painter to capture it. See more contemporary ways art and science intersect with the cosmos in our Science Fiction exhibition, open now for a sneak peak before its official launch July 2.
More >June 7, 2019 at 11:35 am