Henry Art Gallery

University of Washington


15th Ave NE & 41st St
Seattle, WA 98195


11-4: Wed
11-9: Thu, Fri
11-4: Sat, Sun
Closed: Mon, Tue



2002 Exhibitions:

Mechanical Virtue

North Galleries

March 21, 2002June 23, 2002

Science and art continually intersect in complex and productive ways. The exhibition “Mechanical Virtue” provided a historical perspective on the collaborations between artists and scientists that is also explored in another 2002 Henry exhibition “Gene(sis)”. Featuring images from scientific atlases – brain slices, pathogens, bullet wounds and eye ball – “Mechanical Virtue” draws from the collections of the UW Medical Library and the Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, to illustrate the emergence in the 1800s of the concept of “scientific objectivity.” It was co-curated by Assistant Curator Robin Held and Curatorial Research Associate Julie Johnson.

Robin Held, Assistant Curator; Julie Johnson, Research Associate
Seattle Arts Commission, the Henry Art Gallery’s Contemporary Art Fund and the Kayla Skinner Fund.