January 12 - April 15
Explore the theory of evolution in this interactive art exhibit, which includes more than 30 pieces—including a 15-foot print with thousands of drawings—creatively curated by Science Museum of Virginia employee and Richmond artist Tyler Rhodes. A culmination of seven years of work, the show features art in several different mediums (crayon, digital, oil paintings, sculptures and more) that each represent the original artist’s interpretation of plants, animals and insects as they adapted and evolved.
Rhodes had hundreds of Richmond-area residents (many of which were school children) copy his original plant and animal drawings, and then copy each others copies, so that over many generations a paper trail of evolution in action is developed. Through this process participants learned about biological change, extinction, ancestry, mutation and more. The ongoing project has produced thousands of versions of imaginary plants and animals that resemble fish, insects, reptiles and flowers we may see on Earth today.
Museum guests can even continue to add to the material featured in this collaborative show by drawing their own creature at the art station located in the exhibit space.
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