50th Anniversary Publication Celebrates the Power of Curiosity
SAN FRANCISCO (October 1, 2019)—On October 29, 2019, the Exploratorium, in partnership with publisher Weldon Owen International, will release The Art of Curiosity, a new book publishing in celebration of the nonprofit museum’s 50th anniversary. The book includes interviews with fifty renowned artists, scientists, poets, makers, and other luminaries who had transformational experiences at the Exploratorium. Through these interviews, they share their stories, inspirations, and their unique perspectives on science, education, and the role that curiosity has played in their lives and work. The book will be available at retailers across the country and online.
Interviewees and their topics of discussion include: Oscar-Winning sound designer Walter Murch on observation, Laurie Anderson on art as a way of knowing, memory expert Elizabeth Loftus on how we learn, Oliver Sacks on perception, Mary Roach on how she learned to ask the right questions, Adam Savage on the fun of finding things out, musician Mickey Hart on the art of playing to learn, and learning to play, California Governor Gavin Newsom on the importance of science, community activist Randy Carter on finding joy in the worst of places, and many more.
“We’ve spent our first fifty years dedicating ourselves to the idea that science, art, and human perception aren’t just nouns, or an end result,” said Chris Flink, the Exploratorium’s Sakurako and William Fisher Executive Director. “They’re complementary ways of seeing, interpreting, investigating, creating, and connecting. The Exploratorium is a philosophy, an approach, a verb. The Art of Curiosity will introduce its readers to this approach to the world, and help awaken the Great Noticer inside each of us.”
The Art of Curiosity includes interactive moiré art pieces by Takahiro Kurashima and illustrations by Iris Gottlieb. The book also shares the story of the founding and history of the Exploratorium, some of its current initiatives, as well as activities suggested by artists, scientists, poets, and politicians that foster creativity and engagement with the physical world. These “free-range curiosity” activities are designed to help readers deepen their sensory awareness, ability to notice, and ultimately, their curiosity.
“This book is a celebration of human curiosity, which is a world-changing force” said Julie Nunn, Senior Director of Marketing at the Exploratorium and the project lead. “The Exploratorium has impacted people around the world in its five decades, and we have been equally impacted by the artists, thinkers, makers, and scientists who have visited and engaged with us. We wanted to share stories of these exchanges in our 50th anniversary year.”
With the publication of The Art of Curiosity, the Exploratorium builds on the success of past publications. In 2014, the Exploratorium partnered with Weldon Owen in the publication of The Art of Tinkering, which has since been translated and published in China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Turkey. The Art of Tinkering celebrates what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build in a way that is part science, part technology, part art, and a whole new way to learn by doing and collaborating with others. Over 150 makers share the stories behind their beautiful and bold works or art, including Scott Weaver, Arthur Ganson, Moxie, Tim Hunkin, AnnMarie Thomas, Ranjit Bhatnajar, Jie Qi, and more.
The Art of Curiosity
Publication Date: 10/29/19
About Weldon Owen International
Founded in 1984, Weldon Owen International is a high-quality, nonfiction book publisher specializing in producing innovative, richly illustrated lifestyle books in the categories of food and drink, sports and fitness, popular science, craft and design, and popular culture for the global market. Weldon Owen International illustrates great ideas and breaks down complex skills so anyone can learn them, while being entertained and inspired along the way. Weldon Owen is a division of Insight Editions. For more information and inspiration, visit, http://www.weldonowen.com.