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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Symmetry in Action: Discovering Math and Art

Tour at the IU Art Museum with Docent John Brown
In Celebration of Arts Week Everywhere 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 3:30-5 p.m.
IU Art Museum
SIGN-UP REQUIRED (Details below)

Which is more "symmetrical" -- math or art? Which is more "creative"? Are you certain? Come celebrate Arts Week by considering what math and art have in common at the IU Art Museum.

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.

The tour will be led by Art Museum docent John Brown, a senior in the Hutton Honors College majoring in math and English.

SIGN-UP INFORMATION: If you are interested in attending this program, please check your schedule to make certain you are free for the entire event and email Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "math/art program" and including your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied. All IU undergraduates are welcome!

The tour is co-sponsored by the Hutton Honors College and the Wells Scholars Program.

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