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Celebrate Pi (π) Day at the Exploratorium with Math Artist John Sims
Monday, March 14, 2022 • 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Pi (π) Day Livestream
Art + Science of Pi
With John Sims, Kim Shuck, Silvia Blalock, and Scienceband
Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Studio
Free online event—join via Facebook or YouTube
No matter how you slice it, you don’t want to miss Pi (π) Day. Math artist John Sims will share some of his pi inspired visual art, poetry, and music. Poets Kim Shuck, and Sylvia Blalock will join in performing their own spoken word odes to pi. Jazz combo Scienceband will perform Jon Sims’ latest composition, Pi Notes. Afterward, our expert educators Ron Hipschman and Lori Lamberston will share pi’s mathematical history and activities you can try at the museum and at home.
John Sims, a Detroit native, is a Sarasota based conceptual artist, writer, and activist who creates art and curatorial projects spanning the areas of installation, performance, text, music, film, and large-scale activism, informed by mathematics, design, the politics of white supremacy, sacred symbols/anniversaries, and poetic/political text.
Kim Shuck is a silly protein. Shuck is the seventh Poet Laureate of San Francisco Emerita, solo author of eight books, and a long time fan of whimsical numbers.
Sylvia Blalok is a San Francisco native and former Explainer under Darlene Librero and Frank Oppenheimer. She is the author of Uprising-A Book of Poetry and founder of Queendom Network LLC. Her latest project is "Voices That Carry: Being Loud on Purpose"
Storytime Science: March Mathness
With Vivian Altmann
Bechtel Gallery 3 Classrooms, Room 1606
Join us for a special math inspired edition of Storytime Science! Enjoy a math-themed storybook read-aloud for children and their grown-ups. The Exploratorium's own Vivian Altmann will read The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat and Mo Willems. After the story, take math into the third dimension by crafting paper plate Bucky balls, greeting card boxes, and pinwheels shapes.
Pi Day Musical Performance
Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Studio
Groove with Scienceband’s setlist as they pair pi trivia and science facts with a full jazz combo.
Grab your digit and get in line for the annual Pi Procession! A high-spirited crowd parades through the museum and circles the Pi Shrine 3.14 times, waving the digits of pi and singing a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday” to Einstein. All participants will enjoy a free slice of pie following the parade.
The Value of Pi
With the Facilitators
10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3, Demo Station
Can you estimate the value of pi with string and scissors? Or by tossing pie pans? Can pi help determine the best deal when buying a pie or pizza pie? Explore these questions and more with our team of informal, museum educators.
Math artist John Sims; an image of "Civil Pi," a quilt made by Sims as part of his project, SquareRoots: A Quilted Manifesto
About John Sims
John Sims, a Detroit native, Sarasota based conceptual artist, writer, activist and former Coordinator of Mathematics at Ringling College of Art and Design, creates art and curatorial projects spanning the areas of installation, performance, text, music, film, and large-scale activism, informed by mathematics, design, the politics of white supremacy, sacred symbols/anniversaries, and poetic/political text. For 20 years he has been working on the forefront of contemporary mathematical art and leading the national pushback on Confederate iconography.
As the former Coordinator of Mathematics at Ringling College Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, he designed a visual mathematics curriculum for artists and visual thinkers, and co-curated the exhibition MathArt/ArtMath featuring M.C. Escher, Sol LeWitt, Helaman Ferguson, Brent Collins and many more. He went on to curate a system of more than 15 mathematical art exhibitions/performances called Rhythm of Structure including the year long exhibition/film project, Rhythm of Structure: Mathematics, Art and Poetic Reflection which featured over 75 artists and poets including Sol Lewitt, Adrian Piper, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand.
His signature 20 year project, SquareRoots: A Quilted Manifesto, is a call to unify and collaborate mathematics and art, craft and fine arts, visual with text—through a collection of 13 mathematical art Pi quilts created in collaboration with Amish quilters, dresses, drawings and the Pi Day Anthem. This work was recently featured as the first chapter in Stephen Ornes' book Math Art: Beauty, Truth and Equations, Sterling Publishing, 2019.
Currently, he is Resident Artist at the La Mama Experimental Theater Club in New York City at the Ringling Museum of Art, where he developed the performance piece 2020: (Di)Visions of America, which is a part of a two decade national art-activism project, Recoloration Proclamation, that explores, re-examines and remixes Confederate iconography as it relates to the African American experience.
He has lectured and exhibited nationally and internationally including Hungary, Spain, Slovenia, Israel and Argentina. His work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Guernica, Art in America, Sculpture, FiberArts, Science News, CNN, NBC News, Nature and Scientific American. He has written for CNN, Al Jazeera, The Tampa Bay Times, The Huffington Post, Guernica, The Rumpus, and The Grio.