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Scientific study of vision and art, including reading and beauty.

Sketches

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Two sketches in the Village. May 24 and 22, 2010.

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May 26, 2010 at 2:50 am

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NASA shuttle launch

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On Friday May 14, 2010 I saw the launch of the NASA space shuttle Atlantis at Cape Canaveral. My friend Beau Watson is a Senior Scientist at NASA and got a pass to park on the causeway. I sketched the launch (graphite on paper 7″ x 5.5″). I was surprised that the launch lasted long enough for me to make six drawings before the shuttle dropped its fuel tanks and disappeared. The causeway is 10 km from the launch pad, so the launch is eerily silent until the sound arrives, seconds later. It was a beautiful day, with a few clouds, light breeze, birds courting, and fish jumping.

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May 21, 2010 at 5:43 am

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Recent sketches

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Four sketches. April 9-15, 2010. At various NYC Village bars and restaurants. Graphite on paper, 7″ x 5.5″.

Devil in "Orfeo"

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April 20, 2010 at 12:57 am

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Shark lady & Forest queen

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The New York Academy of Sciences is presenting a series of talks by women scientists, Girls’ night out. I’ve been to two, Eugenie Clark: Shark Lady and Nalini Nadkarni: Queen of the Forest Canopy. Both were great. Good science told by fascinating speakers. I invited my nieces, Iris and Delia, to the talks, but they couldn’t come—school nights. So I sketched the speakers to make posters for my nieces: Shark lady & Forest queen. And I got books autographed.

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April 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm

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Gallery tour

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Today I took ten prospective graduate students in Cognition and Perception on a tour of art galleries in Chelsea. With advice from Madeleine Hatz, I read a hundred blurbs, visited twenty galleries, and picked six. Here’s the one-page flyer for 2010, and past flyers for 2008, 20072006, 2005, and 2004.2010 gallery tour

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February 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm

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Beyond journals: A media workshop at NYU

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Beyond journals“—a media workshop held at NYU on January 26, 2010—gives a glimpse of academics on the brink. Six professors—Amodio, Heilman, Jost, Marcus, Pelli, Phelps—and a savvy publicist—Cerand—present diverse views of old and new media. I convened and reported the event.
The seven speakers

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February 16, 2010 at 2:14 am

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Drawing dancing

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Sketch of dancerDrawing dancing. On Wednesday, December 9, 2009, I took the 19 students of my “Experiments in beauty” class to Terry Rosenberg’s painting studio in SoHo to sketch Jody Sperling dancing. Most of the semester was devoted to learning what science is by doing it. This session was devoted to learning what art is by doing it. We present photos, a sketch, and a video of the event, and nearly 125 charcoal sketches, by the students, of the dancing.Drawing dancing

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February 14, 2010 at 1:41 am

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