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Hidden Symmetries Exhibit Opening at Simons Center Gallery

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Hidden Symmetries, an exhibition featuring pre-Columbian art is on display at the Simons Center Gallery now through September 12. An opening reception and lectures will be held on Tuesday, July 31.

The exhibition includes 21 beautiful textiles and two amazing pieces of pottery that date mostly from the late pre-Columbian civilizations, courtesy of SBU Professor Tony Phillips’ collection of mathematical textiles. This art was created by established and sophisticated cultures that thrived throughout the Americas.

Event Schedule
11 am: Introductions by Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, Director of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (SCGP).
Film (30 minutes) and Lecture: “‘Labyrinths and its Making” by Michele Emmer, Professor of Mathematics, La Sapienza University of Rome. Conversation with Tony Phillips, Professor of Mathematics, Stony Brook University

2 pm: Lecture on “The Pre-Hispanic Peruvian Weaving Tradition” by Ann Pollard Rowe, Research Associate of Indigenous Latin American Textiles, Textile Museum, George Washington University Museum, Washington, DC

3:30 pm: Tea/coffee and Opening Reception, “Hidden Symmetries,” Simons Center Gallery and Lobby

4:15 pm: Lecture, “Hidden Symmetries in Warp-Faced Pre-Hispanic Textiles” by Tony Phillips, Professor of Mathematics, Stony Brook University

All lectures and films are in the Della Pietra Family Auditorium, SCGP 103.

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