Adrienne Klein
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Short Biography

Adrienne Klein is an artist, teacher, curator, and university administrator.  At the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, she is Director of Special Projects in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. She is also co-Director of Science & the Arts at The Graduate Center.

She has had nine solo exhibitions and has been included in more than fifty exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Her work has been awarded support by the New York State Council for the Arts, the Sally and Milton Avery Foundation, Artists Space, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

A special area of Klein’s interest is the intersection of art and science. Since 2002, as co-Director of Science & the Arts, she has organized over 120 public programs in the literary, visual and performing arts. She was formerly the editor of the online bulletin of Art and Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI), and managed two international symposia for that organization, held in 2001 and 2002. Klein received an Individual Artist Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts in 1998 to further her investigations in art and science. 

In 2013 she was named Chair of LEAF (Leonardo Education and Art Forum), an affiliated society of the College Art Association. As such, she promotes art/science events at international conferences and regional meetings. LEAF is an initiative of Leonardo magazine, published by MIT Press.

Klein was Director of Rathbone Gallery at Russell Sage College’s Albany, NY campus from 1988 to 1992. She has independently curated exhibitions for, among others, the Gallery Association of New York State, Union College (including Into Focus: Art on Science and Mineral), and New York University. Her exhibition for GANYS, Graphic Alert, an international survey of AIDS posters, was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1998. Klein is organizing two new exhibitions of AIDS posters in New York (2013-2014).

Klein served on the Board of Governors of the New York Foundation for the Arts from 1992 to 1995. She was a Visiting Artist at the University of Newcastle on Tyne, UK, in 1993.

Artist Statement

Around my artwork there is often the whiff of a science project. Art may be about qualified observations -- ideas distilled through the artist as an intermediary -- but I have a real attraction to the quantifiable. Things that can be measured or listed offer a reassuring certainty. The devices we invent to measure and organize are a demonstration of our very human curiosity and ingenuity. The same can be said for works of art. Nevertheless, a divide between these pursuits has been described, most notably by the British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow, as two distinct cultures, without mutual respect and avenues of communication.

For past projects I have borrowed objects from museum collections; from a surveyor’s transit to a stuffed fox. I have also borrowed apparatus from psychologists, chemists, and geologists whose generosity and cooperation is indicative of their willingness to exchange their ideas with artists’; to bridge Snow’s "two cultures."  I make artwork that comes from thinking about the crossroads of deduction and intuition, combining the tools of the scientist and the artist. Among the topics I have explored are our senses, our perceptions of the passage of time, and the relationship between our corporeal bodies and the products of our intellect.

-  Adrienne Klein

© 2013, Adrienne Klein
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