A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend a weekend in the Big Apple. I was mostly there to give a talk at the CUNY collaborative number theory seminar (which was very short but otherwise OK), but I was also able to visit the Museum of Math for the opening of a new gallery and exhibit. In this post, I will share some pictures from the exhibit, and thoughts about the Museum.
I’ve been wanting to go to the MoMath for a while now. I mean, as far as I know it’s the only place of its kind: a museum dedicated entirely to math. In my mind, I had this image of a giant science museum but filled with math instead of dinosaurs, so I was expecting something much larger. However, I was excited about the great location (blocks away from the Empire State Building) and the general fun atmosphere (that maybe most people don’t associate with math). I can imagine many field trips come through those halls and leave with some additional insight into the fun side of mathematics. I am already trying to figure out how to make my own college field trip with my students.
I only got a chance to go for the opening of the Composite Gallery, and so many of the exhibits and floors were closed at the time. But we got some prosecco and hors d’oeuvres and the buzz and excitement that goes with an opening, so all was well in the end. The gallery is going to host temporary math-related art exhibits, and right now it is home to “Compounding Visions”, featuring art by identical twins Trevor and Ryan Oakes. In a nutshell, their work is all about experimenting with perspectives, like in the concave canvases that they use to draw or paint landscapes (and cityscapes). Anyway, I promised pictures, so here they are.
(Also worth noting, my fellow blogger Evelyn Lamb was in the city at the same time, for the same reasons, and wrote her own take on math and the city in her blog, Roots of Unity. She alwso writes about her visits to the MoMA and Met museums.)