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Eduardo Kac at Weisman Art Museum

Eduardo Kac:
Natural History of the Enigma

This innovative project, featuring a gallery installation at WAM and a public artwork on the University campus, was a collaboration between artist Eduardo Kac and University of Minnesota scientist Neil Olszewski. Over the past three years Kac and Oszlewski have created and propagated a new life form – a transgenic petunia – by fusing proteins from both a plant and from Kac himself.

The Weisman exhibition features the transgenic plant and related prints based on the seeds produced for the project. Kac also created a large, three-dimensional fiberglass and steel sculpture based on a protein from the plant. The sculpture, now part of the Weisman's public art collection, will be located at the University's new Cargill Center for Microbial and Plant Genomics and on view beginning April 17, 2009.

Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized for his interactive net installations and bio-art. He is professor of art and technology studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has published and lectured worldwide about art, science, and culture. Neil Olszewski, professor of plant biology at the University of Minnesota, coordinated the fabrication of the transgenic plant and the source of a protein that determined the public artwork's form.

April 17 – June 21, 2009

Opening Reception: April 17, 2009 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Free.

Complimentary food and beverages will be served.

RSVP to wamrsvp@umn.edu or 612-626-4747.

Groups may arrange for a tour focused on this exhibit. Volunteer-led tours may be scheduled for groups of 10-50 at least three weeks in advance. There is a fee of $2 per visitor for this service. Contact Jamee Yung, education assistant, at (612) 625-9656 or wamtour@umn.edu.