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Mapping the Mind at the Ackland

  • Ackland Art Museum 101 South Columbia Street Chapel Hill, NC, 27514 United States (map)

There are three activities to choose from at the Ackland this 2nd Friday:

5-6:15 PM: "The Beautiful Brain: Forging Connections Between Art and Science." Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s discoveries paved the way for remarkable breakthroughs in neuroscience in the early 20th century. Join us for an intriguing discussion exploring questions about the brain, current developments in neuroscience, and the influence of sociocultural factors on the brain and human behavior. With Margaret Sheridan (Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience), Patrick Harrison (Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience), Cassie Hamrick (Durham-based Art Therapist), and Hillary Rubesin (Director, Art Therapy Institute of North Carolina). Co-presented by Stigma free Carolina: Redefining Mental Health. Free admission.

6:30-8 PM: "Mapping the Mind at the Ackland: An Art and Literature Discussion" Co-organized with Carolina Public Humanities. Carolina Public Humanities is teaming up with the Ackland Art Museum to explore the ways in which art can help us understand the complexity of the human brain—both physically and psychologically. Join Pamela Cooper, associate professor of English and Comparative Literature, in a robust discussion of the short stories of Virginia Woolf, whose stream-of-consciousness writing helped lay the groundwork for modern psychology. Carolyn Allmendinger, Ackland’s Director of Academic Programs, will then guide us through the Museum’s newest exhibition, The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, featuring exquisite neuroanatomical drawings by the father of modern neuroscience. $30 per person (includes a copy of the exhibition catalog and light snacks). Limited to 20 participants, so sign up early to reserve your spot!

5 PM-9 PM Explore "The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal" during March’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. "The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal" was organized by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota with the Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.

Image Credit: Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Calyces of Held in the nucleus of the trapezoid body, 1934, ink and pencil on paper. Courtesy of Instituto Cajal (CSIC).