Past Exhibits

Persona: Human-Centered Approaches Exhibit 2016-2017

Persona Exhibit PosterPersona Exhibit PosterWhat defines a person? The Brown University Science Center presents an exhibition investigating how a variety of disciplines perceive identity and the self. Fourteen students, alumni, and faculty from the Brown and RISD community generate different solutions to this question. What is your answer?

Curated by undergraduates Kenji Endo and Teri Minogue, “Persona” features work from the following artists and researchers: Po-Yen Chen, Raina Wellman, Amelia Zhang, Val Healy, Jane Lee, Sarah Jane Lapp, Carlos Aizenman, Michael Littman, Stephen Brawner, Mark Ho, Janet Isserlis, Sebastian Niculescu, Jeff Huang, Molly Millette, Trang Duong and Penta, and Jae Chung. The exhibit was on display at the Science Center (3rd Floor Sciences Library) October 2016 — May 2017.

The Prototype Exhibit 2015-2016

Curated by undergraduates Colvin Kenji Endo, Teri Minogue, and Adele Ruppert, “The Prototype” focuses on the design process of the products, spaces, objects, and technology we use in our everyday lives – structures that must be realized with consideration of the three principles of design: beauty, sustainability, and utility. From areas such as engineering, industrial design, architecture, urban studies, computer science, and visual art, this exhibit showcases parts of the design process that are not usually seen by the user, focusing on the inspiration, brainstorming, collaborations, revisions, and dead ends that happen before a product, structure, or space is ever realized.

The exhibit features work from the following artists: Ana Christina Baquerizo, Andres Chang, Benjamin Basseches, Christopher Sancomb, Connie Wang, Eli Block, Hanson Cheng, Horatio Han, Ijeoma Azodo, Lily Fan, Michael Yurgeles, Pneuhaus, Scarlett Xin Meng, Stan Lichens, STEAM, and Yanan Wu.

Biomimicry Exhibit 2014-2015

Nature and its systems are at work all around us, and these systems are governed by forces that constantly evolve towards maximum efficiency, both in the grace and economy of its mechanisms and the large-scale closed loop of material and energy usage.

In the world of design, using biomimicry means incorporating elements of an organically occurring system.  Olympic swimsuits are based on sleek shark skin; the bumps on a whale’s fin are incorporated into tidal turbines to reduce drag; tall office buildings are built with big thermal masses, like termite mounds, to reduce the need for air conditioning. 

This exhibit was made possible by students from all disciplines and curator Claudine Fernandez.  The exhibit will be display through the 2014-2015 academic year at the Science Center.  Stop by see the contributions as well as the compilation of all the pieces in the Exhibit Booklet.