Moderated by Lynn Gumpert, Director, Grey Art Gallery (NYU), and Eric Klann, Professor and Chair of Neural Science (NYU); with speakers Teresita Fernández, artist; Eric Kandel, University Professor and Fred Kavli Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University; and Robert Whitman, artist, who will discuss the relationships between mind, brain, perception, and art.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for Neural Science, and Grey Art Gallery.

Offered in conjunction with The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, exhibition on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East, January 9-March 31, 2018.

This talk is presented as part of the new SKIRBALL TALKS series. Mondays at 6:30 during the academic terms, SKIRBALL TALKS hosts visionaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, sciences, academia, and more. Future guests include Judith Butler, Eckhart Tolle, and Marion Nestle.

RSVPs are required, and tickets must be claimed by 6:10 pm. Unclaimed tickets will be released to those on the waiting list. You can begin picking up tickets at the NYU Box Office 2 hours prior to event.

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Eric Kandel received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2000 for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons.

Teresita Fernandéz was a MacArthur Fellow in 2005. A sculptor and installation artist, she integrates architecture and the optical effects of color and light into exquisitely constructed, contemplative spaces.

Robert Whitman received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976. He is best known for his seminal theater pieces of the early 1960s–immersive environments created with visual and sound images, actors, film, slides, and props. In the mid-1960s, he collaborated with scientists and engineers at E.A.T. to create works incorporating new technology. In 1972, Whitman began working with the telephone as a medium; in summer 2005, he presented Local Report, a video cell phone project.


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The Skirball Talks series is made possible in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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