SYRACUSE, NY (January 25, 2016) – The Everson Museum is pleased to announce a unique talk being offered in partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical University on February 18 at 6.30pm. The talk entitled Seeing is Believing, or Is It? The Science of Art and Illusion will be led by Dr. William Brunken, Director of the Center for Vision Research at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Everson Curatorial Assistant Steffi Chappell will join the discussion to provide an art historical context.

This cross-disciplinary opportunity compliments the Everson’s current exhibition, Responsive Eyes, which features Op Art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Science, art and illusion all play a role in how we see – that is, how the human eye and brain collect and process light to generate a representation of the world around us. Brunken and Chappell will use their expertise and unique perspectives to discuss how what we see is not always an accurate rendering of the world – or of art. The evening will include both scientific and artistic demonstrations and examples. Plus, discover why we are destined to fight over whether the dress is blue or gold, forever.

Seeing is Believing will take place in the Everson Lounge, adjacent to the Responsive Eyes gallery. The event is free and open to the public.



On view through June 5, 2016

In 1965 the Museum of Modern Art opened The Responsive Eye, a landmark exhibition, which featured works by 100 modern artists who used abstract forms to examine how different shapes, patterns and colors could affect the eye of a viewer. Often called “Op Art” due to their relationships to the study of optics and optical illusions, these works appear to move, shimmer, or vibrate despite the fact that they are stationary. This exhibition revisits the work of four of the artists included in the seminal survey: Josef Albers, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Frank Stella and Victor Vasarely, as well as their Latin contemporary Jesús Rafael Soto.



The Everson Museum of Art, whose roots extend to 1897, is internationally recognized for its extensive and significant collection of ceramics, its pioneering art video collection and its distinctive structural design by the noted architect I.M. Pei.

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The operation of the Everson Museum of Art is made possible with funding from the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, the County of Onondaga administered by the CNY Arts, The Trust for Cultural Resources of Onondaga County, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, the Everson Board of Trustees and Everson Members’ Council.