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A quantum leap

The brave, new 'nano' world is explored in a multidisciplinary exhibit at LACMA.

December 22, 2003|Reed Johnson | Times Staff Writer

LACMA's hands-on installations underscore the idea that the nanoworld also must be accessed by means other than sight -- a fairly radical notion for an art museum to promote. "The idea of feeling before you're seeing is such a huge paradigm shift in our visual culture, where we judge everything and everybody by what we see," Vesna says.

Ultimately, Hayles says, by creating a new language and fresh metaphors, nanoscience will stretch our perceptions of meaning and reality, just as art and science have always done. It was, she points out, the English Romantic poet and artist William Blake who famously challenged Newton's mechanistic view of the universe, who mused about seeing "eternity in a grain of sand / And a heaven in a wildflower" -- an eloquent, pre-nano paean to the god of small things.



Where: Boone Children's Gallery, LACMA West, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays; noon-8 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; closed Wednesdays

Ends: Sept. 6

Price: Admission to the exhibition is free

Contact: (323) 857-6000 or

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday January 08, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 2 inches; 76 words Type of Material: Correction
Nanotechnology exhibit -- In a Calendar article and photo caption on Dec. 22 about the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition on nanotechnology, a carbon-60 molecule was incorrectly described as "helical." It is actually a truncated icosahedron. The article also misquoted a phrase from a poem by William Blake. The correct phrase is: "To see a world in a grain of sand," not "To see eternity in a grain of sand," as the article stated.

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