As part of their statewide “Quantum Leap” initiative, the Indiana Humanities is encouraging Hoosiers to explore and celebrate the great things that happen when the arts, humanities and STEM fields intersect. The inspiration that led to the movement lies in Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel “Frankenstein” which celebrated its 200th anniversary earlier this year.
Kristen Wells, Vice President of Indiana Humanities, says the book “happens to be one of the best examples we could find that raises big questions about the role of science and technology in our lives… and it’s still so relevant today.”
In celebration of the initiative and the book’s bicentennial birthday, the Indiana Humanities in partnership with the Harrison Center for the Arts presents a “Quantum Leap Art Show” on Friday, February 2nd at 6:00 p.m.
Galleries throughout the Center will feature the works of artists specializing in different mediums, including painting, photography and more.
The original idea for the show was inspired by Owens + Crawley, the artistic team of Luke Crawley and Quincy Owens – two artists whose work combines the arts and sciences. Their exhibit will be located in the Harrison Gallery.
The Speck Gallery will showcase “MANmade: a Frankenstein show,” works created by a group of artists in response to reading and discussing “Frankenstein.” There you will find art by Matthew I. Allen, Lydia Burris, Andrew Perry Davis, Elyce Elder, Elizabeth Guipe Hall, Kipp Normand, Emma Overman, Merle Pace, Kyle Ragsdale and Benny Sanders.
Indianapolis urban photographer, Darrell Staggs will present “Captured in an Instant: Abstract Views of the City” in the City Gallery.
Painter Stephen Yarbrough’s show “Bits and Pieces: Symbols of the New Reality” will be featured in the Gallery Annex.
Finally, Hank & Dolly’s Gallery will showcase “Nigeria on My Mind. Again,” the work of writer and photographer, John Sherman.
Wells hopes the event will inspire guests to “think a little deeper about how science and technology influence our world. We hope people think about how they are intertwined with the arts and humanities and how the arts and humanities can help scientists and engineers to think a bit differently about the impact of their actions and moral questions to consider when working with technology. We also hope it inspires people to read “Frankenstein” for the first time or for the first time since high school.”
The event is FREE to attend. The exhibit is open through February 23.