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Friday, April 15, 2022 at 8:00am to 6:00pm
Mann Library, Lobby
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
In 1882 Cornell University’s first president, Andrew Dickson White, ordered a set of glass models of marine invertebrates made by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka. These hand-made, exquisite glass models allowed scientists to study translucent and difficult to preserve marine invertebrates as lifelike models. For his exhibit Model Organisms, David Nasca (MFA '22) draws inspiration from the Blaschka models to show that marine invertebrates provide fertile ground for imagining richly diverse human futures. Using both traditional and digital sculpting techniques, this exhibit presents a model-making practice of the 21st century. In it, silicone mirrors the fleshy translucence of invertebrate bodies, hardware store PVC pipe hints at the interconnectedness of symbiotic relationships, black-light recalls the atrophic midnight zone of the deep ocean, and the translucency of resin is used to explore the ghostly, ever-increasing phenomena of bleached corals.
For more information about David Nasca and his March-April 2022 installation at Mann Library, please visit bit.ly/nasca-model-organisms.
This exhibit will be on view in the Mann Library lobby through April 15, 2022. The Cornell community is invited to meet artist David Nasca at a reception in the Mann Library lobby on Thursday, March 24, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Please join us!