Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

Configuring Disciplines: Fragments of an Encyclopedia


The University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery presents Configuring Disciplines: Fragments of an Encyclopedia, a collaborative exhibition project based on research by students in the Department of History of Art and Architecture.

The exhibition examines modes of visualization used to represent knowledge in a variety of academic disciplines that have developed from the Enlightenment to the Modern period (18th-20th centuries). Books and artworks drawn from Pittsburgh libraries and museums raise questions about the intrinsic qualities of two- and three-dimensional media (engraving, photography, digital projection, plastic models, buildings) and their function within fields of inquiry ranging from astronomy, botany and physics to aesthetics, ethnography and history.

Through an array of portraits, maps, tables and timelines, Configuring Disciplines explores how image genres have been put to use by artists, designers and scientists to communicate ideas, principles and abstractions to audiences ranging from children to specialists. The exhibition invites viewers to consider the ways in which visualizations are deployed and manipulated to construct and transmit ideas. What assumptions are embedded in different image types? What meanings can be expressed by different media? How is knowledge suppressed or enhanced by different graphic conventions and artistic choices?

An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 5-7 pm.  

DATES:  September 5 – October 5, 2014
LOCATION:  University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, 650 Schenley Dr., 15213

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