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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

"Symmetry in Action: Discovering Math and Art":
A Tour at the IU Art Museum
Led by Docent John Brown

April 19, 2011

Which is more "symmetrical" - math or art? Which is more "creative"? Are you certain? Students explored these ideas at the IU Art Museum in an effort to consider what math and art have in common. The tour was created and led by Art Museum docent John Brown, a junior in the Hutton Honors College majoring in math and English. John's note about the program: "We often approach both math and art as static entities: algorithms set down in textbooks and old paintings hanging in museums. But art and mathematics are living bodies of work, enacted by humans trying to discover and create. Through an interactive tour of selected works from the Indiana University Art Museum, we will attempt to evoke this spirit of discovery, paying special attention to symmetry, a natural point of intersection between the two disciplines." Light refreshments were served prior to the tour.

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