Frederik Ruysch, Opera omnia anatomico-medic, detail, 1737 Tab. 1 of Thesaurus anatomicus octavus 1727. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

William Hunter to Damien Hirst: The Dead Teach the Living
25 Mar — 07 Jan 2017

The Hunterian Art Gallery presents an exhibition of objects and art which explore moments of mutual synergy between the disciplines of art and science. It includes the première of Damien Hirst’s Necromancer alongside rarely seen objects from William Hunter’s 18th century collection and new works by Scott Rogers and Catherine Street.

The curated works are all dependant on observation of the body, whether by eye, microscope or the latest technology. Scott Rogers’ new work, A Call to the Old Ones, uses comparative anatomy to investigate how avian and human vision responds to a device known as a lark mirror, while Catherine Street’s work, often using technology, strives to record and understand the relationship of the physical self to intangible qualities like emotion and sensation.

The exhibition is curated by students on the MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) programme, established jointly between the University of Glasgow and The Glasgow School of Art. The exhibition has been realised through access to The Hunterian collections with support from Hunterian staff. Necromancer comes from the Anthony d’Offay’s private collection.

Catherine Street will also present a specially commissioned live work on 23 April 2016, at The Two Cultures.

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