The Chemical Heritage Foundation Presents New Art Exhibit—Sensing Change 

July 1, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA


Press Contact:
Dawn McDougall
Phone: 215-873-8231

Opens Monday, July 1
WHEN: July 1, 2013–May 2, 2014
WHERE: 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

Featured artists:
Vaughn Bell
Diane Burko
Roderick Coover
Katie Holten
Stacy Levy
Eve Mosher
Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg
Plus an off-site installation by Andrea Polli from mid-September through December

The Chemical Heritage Foundation opens a new art exhibit today titled Sensing Change, which will be on display for 10 months, both in CHF’s Hach Gallery in Old City and through offsite installations in Center City.

What motivates artists and scientists to observe and investigate our environment? How do creative professionals in both fields make visible largely invisible processes, such as wind patterns and air quality? What methods and instruments have been used to sense shifts in our climate over time? Sensing Change explores these important questions.

“The exhibit brings art into conversation with science to ask the question, ‘how do we know our environment?’ And from there it provokes a conversation about the experience of the world around us,” said Jody Roberts, director of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at CHF. “These works beautifully compliment the rich heritage that is at the core of CHF’s collections—instruments and artifacts that have changed what we know about our world and how we know it.”

Sensing Change aims to highlight the intersection of art and science. Featured artists use their work to interpret scientific findings, historical records, and their own observations to bridge the divide between what can be seen in daily life to larger global changes. Their work creates a space for conversations emerging out of a renewed sense of place.   

About Sensing Change

Sensing Change is a comprehensive exhibit, giving audiences access through a variety of channels. Guests may wish to see the artwork in person by visiting the Hach Gallery, engage in a First Friday program or community outreach event, listen to CHF’s podcast Distillations for a themed series surrounding Sensing Change, or participate online via the website and social-media platforms.

Opening day of the exhibit has specially extended hours for First Friday. Regular operating hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; special summer hours June–August, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.  

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)

Sensing Change comes from CHF’s Center for Contemporary History and Policy (CCHP) and CHF’s Roy Eddleman Institute (REI). CCHP’s mission is to apply original and historical-based perspectives to contemporary science and technology-based societal challenges. The Roy Eddleman Institute for Interpretation and Education aims to bring chemistry to a broad audience through the museum, public programs, print and web-based publications, and educational materials.

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