For Immediate Release:
February 28, 2012
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Comparative Anatomy - April 2012
Artist present on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am - 3 pm
April 3 - 29, 2012
Have you ever thought a walnut resembles a brain? A snail shell, the inner ear? How do you go about understanding what’s hidden under your skin? This is the question interdisciplinary artist Stephanie Stewart-Bailey poses in her installation, Comparative Anatomy, which will be on display at the Exploratorium from April 3 through 29, 2012. Through an interpretation of anatomical comparisons, this exhibit plays with the idea that seemingly unrelated things can easily resemble one another. By creating an environment that combines art with science, Stewart-Bailey asks visitors to adopt a personal identification with their own anatomy through investigating the exhibit’s collection of anatomical preparations and common objects. The artist will be present to engage with visitors at her installation on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 am to 3 pm, through the month of April. This exhibit is included with admission to the Exploratorium.
Stephanie Stewart-Bailey designed this exhibit to help research her master’s dissertation in museum studies. At present, she is a Museum Studies Graduate Student with the University of Göteborg, Sweden. Her work looks at how anatomy is often displayed, and how its representation creates behavioral norms in relation to acceptance of our own anatomy. Interested in the use of museum space to help people identify with their own anatomy, she strives to make museums accessible to everyone by the means of artistic-scientific installations and reactionary interpretations of traditional spaces. Stewart-Bailey holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in performance art and photography. Currently, she works at the Exploratorium, and prepares study skins at the California Academy of Sciences. She has also worked at the Smithsonian and Göteborgs Natural History Museums, and at the International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago.
Artist’s website: http://stephaniestewartbailey.com
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions.
About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.
Linda Dackman, Public Information Director (415) 528-4363
Leslie Patterson (415) 528-4377
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367