What happens when a Physicist and an Artist Collide? Pete Markowitz and Xavier Cortada and the”In Search of the Higgs boson” exhibition

Physicist and artist to informally discuss the banners depict the five experiments that led to the Nobel prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson particle

 

JOIN US: Meet and greet artist Xavier Cortada and special guest physicist Pete Markowitz on September 16, 2018 from 10:00 AM to noon.

Both will be speaking about their collaboration at 11:00 AM.

Replicas of the banners will be on display at

Pinecrest Gardens 
Historic Entrance Gallery
11000 Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156
305-858-1323

Exhibition runs thru October 3, 2018
See http://hibiscusgallery.com/studio-2018-cortada_higgsboson-about/

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Xavier Cortada (with the participation of physicist Pete Markowitz), “In search of the Higgs boson,” digital art, 2013
 
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What happens when a physicist and artist collide?
Art inspired by the Nobel prize-winning discovery of “the God particle” at the CERN unites the worlds of art and science.
 
Pinecrest, FL – Art and science “collide” when artist Xavier Cortada and FIU Physicist Pete Markowitz come together for an intimate talk about their work. The event takes place three days after the Museum at Prairefire in Kansas City launches the “In Search of the Higgs boson” exhibition featuring large reprints of the famed banners by Mr. Cortada, which depict the five search strategies scientists used to make the Nobel prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson particle.
 
Join us Sunday, September 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Pinecrest Gardens Historical Entrance Building, 11000 Red Road for this intimate gathering where visitors can talk to the physicist and artist about their work.
 
Smaller replicas of the banners will be on display so that visitors can see them and understand what happens when an artist and physicist “collide.” The original banners are on permanent on display at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics research center, in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) resides.
 
“Science is my muse,” Cortada said. “The detection of the Higgs boson was intricate and multilayered, and so are the artworks I created. Stained glass references the LHC as a modern-day cathedral that helps us understand the universe and shape our new worldview. The oil painting technique honors those who came before us, the repetition of motifs across the five works celebrates internationalism and rendering the work as ‘banners’ marks this as a monumental event.
 
Nicknamed “the God particle,” the Higgs boson imbues all other particles with mass. Its discovery in mid-2012, half a century after it was first hypothesized, culminated the work of 182 universities and institutes in 42 countries. Identifying the Higgs required the most complex machine ever built, the Large Hadron Collider.
 
Interview with the artist, photos and video available upon request.
 
 
Xavier Cortada
Xavier Cortada’s science art practice is oriented toward social engagement and the environment. At CERN, Cortada worked with physicist Pete Markowitz to develop a site-specific art installation capturing the five search strategies used to discover the Higgs boson particle. The five giant banners hang at the location (more than 300 feet below ground) where the particle was discovered.
 
Cortada often collaborates with scientists in his art-making, and has worked with groups globally to produce numerous joint art projects, including environmental installations at the North Pole and South Pole, peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa and eco-art projects in Taiwan and Holland.
 
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Kansas City’s Museum at Prariefire presents Xavier Cortada’s “In Search of the Higgs boson” exhibition

 

SCIENCE ARTIST XAVIER CORTADA’S FAMED BANNERS open for exhibition SEPTEMBER 13 AT MUSEUM AT PRAIRIEFIRE

Banners depict the five experiments that led to the Nobel prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson particle

 

 
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Xavier Cortada (with the participation of physicist Pete Markowitz), “In search of the Higgs boson,” digital art, 2013

 

On September 13, world-renowned artist Xavier Cortada will open an exhibition of his famed banners, which depict the five experiments used to make the Nobel prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson particle. Cortada’s exhibition will open at the Museum at Prairiefire’s Sprint Gallery at 10 a.m. September 13 and remain on display through the end of year.

Nicknamed “the God particle,” the Higgs boson imbues all other particles with mass. Its discovery in mid-2012, half a century after it was first hypothesized, culminated the work of 182 universities and institutes in 42 countries and helped confirm the Standard Model of Physics. Identifying the Higgs required the most complex machine ever built, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Cortada’s five original banners, created digitally, are permanently installed at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics research center, in Geneva, Switzerland. They hang below ground, directly above the LHC where the Higgs boson particle was found. The prints that will be on display at the Museum at Prairiefire help connect visitors to the place and time of the particle’s discovery.

Working with Cortada, the Museum at Prairiefire is adding scientific content to the banner exhibition and developing an exhibit that will travel to public venues in other cities. The exhibition represents the Museum’s recent foray into creating its own content. Development of other traveling exhibitions are in the works, as well.

“Science is my muse,” Cortada said. “The detection of the Higgs boson was intricate and multilayered, and so are the artworks I created. Stained glass references the LHC as a modern-day cathedral that helps us understand the universe and shape our new worldview. The oil painting technique honors those who came before us, the repetition of motifs across the five works celebrates internationalism and rendering the work as ‘banners’ marks this as a monumental event.

“Most importantly, the background for the banners honors the scientific collaboration. It is composed of words from the pages of 383 joint publications and the names of more than 4,000 scientists, engineers and technicians. With this piece, I wanted to create art from the very words, charts, graphs and ideas of this coalition of thinkers. It is my hope these banners will inspire future generations of physicists to continue to move humanity forward.”

 

XAVIER CORTADA
Xavier Cortada’s science art practice is oriented toward social engagement and the environment. At CERN, Cortada worked with a physicist to develop a site-specific art installation capturing the five search strategies used to discover the Higgs boson particle. The five giant banners hang at the location (more than 300 feet below ground) where the particle was discovered.

Cortada often collaborates with scientists in his art-making, and has worked with groups globally to produce numerous joint art projects, including environmental installations at the North Pole and South Pole, peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa and eco-art projects in Taiwan and Holland.

Cortada has created art for the White House, the World Bank, the Museum of Florida History, the Florida Botanical Gardens, Miami City Hall, the Frost Art Museum, Miami-Dade County Hall, the Miami Science Museum, Port Everglades and the Florida Turnpike. A Miamian, he is artist-in-residence at Pinecrest Gardens, south Florida’s cultural arts park. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, a master’s degree from the Miami Business School and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

 

 

MUSEUM AT PRAIRIEFIRE

The Museum at Prairiefire, located in Overland Park, Kansas, is committed to innovative learning in science, the arts and natural history. Through a founding collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, as well as with other U.S. cultural and educational institutions, the Museum at Prairiefire provides access to all to understand and celebrate natural history, the arts and science in our region and around the world. The Museum engages visitors and students of all ages with world-class exhibitions, important programming, and significant educational and STEAM opportunities. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For additional information, the public may call (913) 333-3500 or visit the Museum’s website at visitthemap.org.

Museum at Prairiefire
5801 W. 135th Street
Overland Park KS 66223
913.333.3500 | 913.333.3505

“Florida is Nature” Artist Talks with Guest Scientists at Pinecrest Gardens


Xavier Cortada will be presenting monthly  Florida is Nature Artist Talks with Guest Scientists and interactive experiences at The Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens, where his studio is located.  In his capacity as artist-in-residence, Cortada implements his Florida is Nature participatory art program onsite.  Each month, Cortada will invite a different Florida International University School of Environment, Arts and Society research scientist as a special guest to join him in a public art science conversation and to discuss environmental issues and his/her work. The artist talks and interactive experiences are free with paid admission to the garden on the select dates below.  After the talk, visitors are invited to walk the garden and engage in the Florida is Nature participatory art project.

 

 

Pinecrest Gardens
FIU School of Environment, Arts & Society
FIU College of Communications, Architecture + The Arts

FIU Libraries
and
FIU Digital Library of the Caribbean

cordially invite you to join us for our monthly

Florida is Nature Artist Talk

by

Xavier Cortada

at

Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens

11000 S.W. 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156

305-669-6990

Talk is free with $5 admission to the Gardens.
After the talk, walk the garden and participate in “Florida is Nature.”  

The dates of the Florida is Nature art – science talks are:

Artist Talks 2017

Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 10:30a:
[FLORIDA IS… Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma]

Monday, October 16th, 2017 at 10:30a:
FLORIDA IS… Nature

Tuesday, November 29th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Mangroves

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Endangered Species

Artist Talks 2018

Wednesday, February 14th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Seagrasses

Wednesday, March 14th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS…

Wednesday, April 11th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS NATURE: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Wednesday, May 9th,2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS…Sharks

The art-science talks and interactive experiences are free with paid admission to the garden on the select dates below.  After the talk, visitors are invited to walk the garden and engage in the Florida is Nature participatory art project.  The gallery is located at the entrance of Pinecrest Gardens – 11000 Red Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156.  We also welcome community groups and high school students to attend the artist’s talks. If you are interested in scheduling a group for one of the dates below, please contact Lacey Bray, educational programs coordinator, at lbray@pinecrest-fl.gov or 305-669-6990 for more information.

 

Monthtly Florida is Nature artist talks and community programs are presented by: 

 Image above:
Xavier Cortada, “Puzzled Landscape: Florida is… Wildflowers” digital art, 2015

About Florida Is Nature

Conceptualized during Xavier Cortada‘s residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida, “Florida is…” is an evolving body of work that depicts the natural beauty of Florida. It asks Floridians to define their state by its natural environment, not by the edifices and man-made encroachments that displace nature.  Some “Florida is…” works hang as public art in public venues, admonishing viewers to find better ways to coexist with nature.

The project invites participants to capture and share their images and perspectives on the project’s online platform.

Xavier Cortada, “Luster (Diatoms series- high noon), archival ink on aluminum, 2015

 

“Florida Is…” by Xavier Cortada

Through Florida is Nature,”  Pinecrest Gardens artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada portrays Florida’s environment to connect viewers with our state’s natural beauty.  Come see the works on permanent display at the Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens.

You too can participate in “Florida is…”  Help others understand and appreciate Florida’s natural beauty.  Upload an image of your favorite animal, plant or place to www.floridaisnature.com and tell us why we should all care for it and strive to protect it.  We will share it on our website and social media.  We will also ask you to help us spread the word and get others to see that “Florida is… Nature.”

 

You can learn more about the artist by visiting www.cortada.com