Art-Science Calendar of Events NYC


This calendar is an initiative of the Art Science Observatory, in collaboration with SciArt in America, Beautiful Brain, Ligo projects, Dactyl Foundation and other art/science organizations.

The Biologist's Mistress

Dactyl Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of Victoria N. Alexander’s The Biologist’s Mistress: Rethinking Self-Organization in Art, Literature and Nature.

Teleology is like a mistress to the biologist; he dare not be seen with her in public but cannot live without her –J. B. S. Haldane

Drawing on her experiences as a complexity theorist, novelist and art-theorist, Victoria N. Alexander examines the history and practices of teleology, the study of purpose, in nature as well as in human behavior. She takes us “inside” paradoxically purposeful self-organizing entities (which somehow make themselves without having selves yet to do the making), and she shows us how poetic-like relationships—things coincidentally like each other or metaphoric and things coincidentally near each other or metonymic—help form organization where there was none before. She suggests that it is these chance language-like processes that result in emergent design and selfhood, thereby offering an alternative to postmodern theories that have unfairly snubbed the purposeful artist. Alexander claims that what has been missing from the general discussion of purposefulness is a theory of creativity, without which there can be no purposeful action, only robotic execution of inherited design. Thus revising while reviving teleology, she offers us a secular, non-essentialist conception of selfhood as an achievement that can be more than a momentary stay against the second law.

The book includes anecdotes about Dactyl Foundation’s artists and history. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to the foundation to help support educational programs and research in art-science.

Judy Glantzman 30-Year Retrospective

Dialogues: Curated by Jan Krugier

November 20 - October 30 2008
Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

In Memorium

Jan Krugier was perhaps the most significant art collector and dealer of our times. His passion and uncompromising vision can be seen clearly in what is one of the greatest collections known. We at Dactyl are honored to have hosted Dialogues, the last exhibition curated by Jan Krugier, before he passed away. We are especially thankful to Izabela Grocholski and John Mollett who made this incredible event possible. We would also like to thank Hikari Yokoyama. [continue...]

Angelbert Metoyer, ASK drawings and paintings

October 3rd – 25th, 2008

curated by Hikari Yokoyama

opening: October 3rd, 6:00 – 9:00

Internationally recognized for his palimpsest style, throughout his career Angelbert Metoyer has employed an esoteric system of symbols and icons to bemuse viewers and present himself as a shamanistic seer. Lately, he has gone deeper into abstraction, aligning his work with contemporary science’s ultimate abstractions: quantum mechanics and field theory. [continue...]

Yelena Yemchuk, Notes on Fantômas

May 3 – June 1, 2008
Works on paper by Yelena Yemchuck
Curated by Neil Grayson.
Made possible by the generosity of Anurag Bhargava & Vassilis Kertsikoff. [continue...]

Deborah Sessel, paintings and drawings

April 19 – May 6, 2007
paintings & drawings
Curated by Victoria N. Alexander
Opening: Thursday, April 19, 7 – 9PM

Deborah N. Sessel is a representational painter, depicting, in painstaking detail, humble personal items left behind by Jews who suffered the Holocaust. Working in oil, she renders with care the silken folds of a delicate scarf, a silver Star of David on a chain, and [continue...]

Sage Vaughn, Where Eagles Dare

September 24, 2005-November 18, 2005
“Where Eagles Dare,” paintings
Curated by Neil Grayson
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 24, 2005, 7-9 PM

If at first glance this work seems to depict pretty bucolic suburban life, on second glance one notes that the sparrows and pigeons are tattooed with gang affiliations. Telephone poles replace totem poles and smoke stacks steeples in their sacred significance. The theme running through the series speaks of wild animals being partially domesticated and children going feral. This untraditional portrayal of nature is not necessarily sinister, but it’s edgier than it first appears.

Former graffiti artist, Sage Vaughn has been featured in Warped, Nylon, Juxtapos, PUTA and i-D magazines as “an artist to watch.”


Yelena Yemchuk, Dream Readers

Yelena YemchukDreamreaders
Works on Paper
October 16 – Nov 30, 2004

Deceptive Excess

Yelena Yemchuk has had a number of fine art photography exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at Dactyl Foundation in 2002 and a group exhibition at Sotheby’s, also in 2002. While Yelena [continue...]

Jim Gilroy, before and after 9/11

September 3 – 28 2002

Before & After 9/11, paintings and drawings by Jim Gilroy.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 6-8pm

“Before and After 9/11: Gilroy’s Falling Figure”
by Victoria N. Alexander and Maria Villafranca

Jim Gilroy has painted falling figures for the past five or so years. It is a theme that keeps insisting itself on his life in inexplicable and unexpected ways. When he was thirteen, he stood in a crowd of onlookers one afternoon in midtown Manhattan and watched a man jump to his death from [continue...]

Emily Orling, infant paintings

March 16-April 14, 2002

Nothing Bad Has Happened 12″ x 16″ pen and shellac on canvas

Emily Orling‘s paintings place babies in reddish-brown mucus, referencing the womb. Even her babies in bathtubs draw on the idea of the womb as comfort, or its lack. Separation creates intense loneliness. These [continue...]

Indeterminacy Revisited, article by Victoria N. Alexander

Complexity Science and the Arts
zingmagazine 10, 1999