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9/13/2018 – 12/31/2018 — Kansas City’s MAP presents Xavier Cortada’s “In Search of the Higgs boson” exhibition Museum at Prariefire (Kansas City, KS)

4/30/2016 Art@CMS — Arte & Scienza | Castello Giusso | Vico Equense | 30 Aprile

9/15/2015 Art@CMS exhibit in Napoli

7/22/2015 European Physics Society | High Energy Physics exhibit in Vienna

5/2/2015  Matter: The Fundamental Particles exhibit Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach

2/04/2015 Fermilab Colloquium (Batavia, IL)

2/04/2015 – 4/22/2015 Fermilab Art Gallery presents Art @ CMS (Batavia, IL)

7/2/2014 Science AdventureArt: Art@CMS at the ICHEP2014 in Valencia (Valencia, Spain)

11/20/2013 Celebrating U.S. Particle Physics at the Capitol (U.S. Capitol)

11/07/2013 TEDxFIU Xavier Cortada and Physicist Pete Markowitz (FIU, Miami)

07/30/2013 PechaKucha 20×20: Design to Collide (Miami, FL)

07/06/2013 CERN: Art@CMS project (CERN Point 5, Cessy, France)

04/03/2013 CERN: Art for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment (Geneva, Switzerland)

“In search of the Higgs boson”

XC at CERNIn Geneva, FIU artist Xavier Cortada and physicist Pete Markowitz delivered an Art-Science talk during the CERN CMS Week Conference, created a site-specific installation at the CMS experiment venue and engaged 300 scientists from around the world in a performance art piece that transforms them into the very subatomic particles they research.

To read article in Symmetry Magazine, click here:


The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is one of the four experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The Higgs boson was postulated to explain why particles have mass and therefore why gravity acts. In July 2012, two of the LHC experiments (CMS and ATLAS) announced the discovery of a new, Higgs-like particle.

Xavier Cortada is Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts and a professional artist in the Miami area. Pete Markowitz is a Professor of Physics and Fellow of the Honors College working on the CMS experiment.