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October 7, 2021

Art and Math Seminar to feature presentation on patterns, cryptography, phyllotaxis in art exhibition dedicated to Alan Turing

Submitted by Natalia Rozhkovskaya

 Peter Randall-Page, Fibonacci Flip II

On Oct. 14, Stephen Goddard, associate director, senior curator and professor emeritus at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, will speak at the online Art and Math Seminar. The talk will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom. Registration is required to participate in the seminar.

The presentation will reconsider the 2012 exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art: "Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing." The exhibition, on the centenary of Turing's birth, was a thought experiment that asked, "if Alan Turing were to visit our museum, what works of art would we entertain him with, and what questions would be raised by him?" Nearly 10 years later, the experiment is summarized and reconsidered with the artworks that could be added today.

Goddard has served as president of the Print Council of America for four years. Besides "Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing," his major exhibition projects include "Trees & Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature & Culture" and "Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World."

The online Art and Math Seminar, organized by the mathematics department, is dedicated to visual creativity inspired by mathematical sciences.

The complete seminar schedule and registration form are available on the website