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A Mega-Popular Art Piece Returns to MCASD

Jennifer Steinkamp nods to science and botanical beauty in her video installation Madame Curie


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Jennifer Steinkamp's Madame Curie | Photo by Robert Wedemeyer

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

1100 Kettner Boulevard, Core-Columbia

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Science may not be an obvious source for creative inspiration, but digital video artist Jennifer Steinkamp pulled cues from her research on atomic energy for the visual installation Madame Curie, which pays tribute to Nobel Prize–winning scientist and avid gardener Marie Curie.

The popular, large-scale panorama originally went on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s downtown location in 2011 and has now been unearthed from the museum vaults for fresh eyes. The piece features flowers and trees drawn from more than 40 plants listed in Curie’s biography, displayed using state-of-the-art projectors and digital masking applications. Science never looked so cool.

Through August 20

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