January 18 - April 18, 2009
The Michigan State University Museum will have visitors laughing and learning at the same time when a new exhibition, "What's So Funny About Science? Sidney Harris Science Cartoons" comes to the MSU Museum's West Gallery, Jan. 18 - April 18, 2009. The exhibit is part of a university-wide observance of naturalist Charles Darwin's 200th birthday.
"What's So Funny About Science?" is a traveling exhibition that features more than 60 original Sidney Harris original drawings. Widely considered America's foremost science cartoonist, Harris has drawn literally thousands of cartoons. Since 1970, American Scientist has published more than 600 of his cartoons. In addition to the Society's magazine, Sidney's cartoons have appeared in numerous other publications including Science, Discover, Physics Today, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Magazine, and National Lampoon. In addition, 12 collections of his cartoons have been published including From Ads to Cloning Labs, You Want Proof - I'll Give You Proof, Stress Test, All Ends Up, and What's So Funny About Science.
"Sidney Harris has an unparalleled ability to find humor in science and technology," notes one of the exhibit's organizers at MSU, Danita Brandt, associate professor of geological sciences and MSU Museum adjunct curator. "And that humor is often the entry point for questions, learning and greater understanding about serious subjects."
From San Francisco's Exploratorium on the West Coast to the MIT Museum on the East Coast -- and with numerous stops in between, including the Chicago Academy of Science, Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and The Maryland Science Center -- museum-goers have enjoyed this entertaining and thought-provoking exhibit. Harris also personally selected a number of his Darwin-related cartoons - "What's So Funny About Darwin?" - especially for this exhibition during the Darwin bicentennial. (See a gallery of cartoons at http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com.) The exhibit is funded by Shell Oil Company.
An opening reception is set for Sunday, Feb. 1, 1:30 - 3 p.m., featuring performances from MSU's own Science Theatre (http://sciencetheatre.org). This program is presented free of charge.
"What's So Funny About Science?" comes to the MSU Museum as part of a larger celebration of science and natural history at MSU in February to coincide with the bicentennial of naturalist Charles Darwin's birth. Also of interest: Darwin Discovery Day and Natural History I.D. program is set for Sunday, Feb. 8, 1-5 p.m., throughout the MSU Museum. The special event, presented free of charge, includes exhibits, lectures, hands-on activities and, of course, birthday cake. Fun fact: Darwin was born in England, and coincidentally, across the Atlantic Ocean, Abraham Lincoln was born on the very same day, Feb. 12, 1809.