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2nd Friday ArtWalk: Mapping the Mind

8 March | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

2nd Friday ArtWalk
Friday, 8 March | 6-9 PM

5-6:15 PM: The Beautiful Brain: Forging Connections Between Art and Science. Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s discoveries paved the way for remarkable breakthroughs in neuroscience in the early 20th century. Join us for an intriguing discussion exploring questions about the brain, current developments in neuroscience, and the influence of sociocultural factors on the brain and human behavior. With Patrick Harrison (Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience), Cassie Hamrick (Durham-based Art Therapist), and Hillary Rubesin (Director, Art Therapy Institute of North Carolina). Co-presented by Stigma free Carolina: Redefining Mental Health. Free admission.

6:30-8 PM: Mapping the Mind at the Ackland: An Art and Literature Discussion Co-organized with Carolina Public Humanities. Carolina Public Humanities is teaming up with the Ackland Art Museum to explore the ways in which art can help us understand the complexity of the human brain—both physically and psychologically. Join Pamela Cooper, associate professor  of English and Comparative Literature, in a robust discussion of the short stories of Virginia Woolf, whose stream-of-consciousness writing helped lay the groundwork for modern psychology. Carolyn Allmendinger, Ackland’s Director of Academic Programs, will then guide us through the Museum’s newest exhibition, The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, featuring exquisite neuroanatomical drawings by the father of modern neuroscience. $30 per person (includes a copy of the exhibition catalog and light snacks). Limited to 20 participants, so sign up early to reserve your spot!

5 PM-9 PM Explore The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal during March’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk.The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal was organized by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota with the Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.

IMAGE: Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish, 1852-1934: Epitelio y neuroglia primitivos de ratón (Glial cells of the mouse spinal cord), 1899, ink and pencil on paper. Courtesy of Instituto Cajal (CSIC).

2nd Friday ArtWalk at the Ackland
Every second Friday of the month, the Ackland participates as a venue in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2nd Friday ArtWalk, staying open until 9:00 PM and offering a variety of interactive, all-ages activities in addition to all exhibitions being open to visitors. Admission is free.


8 March
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ackland Art Museum
101 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States