Pre-Reception & Opening Reception: Tavares Strachan: Orthostatic Tolerance (It Might Not Be A Such Idea If I Never Went Home)

May 6, 2010
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An exhibition space is filled with visitors of all ages peering into glass cases with sculptures by Alicja Kwade contained within.

Guests gather for the opening reception of Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances in October, 2019 at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Photo by Cassandra Rodriguez.

Pre-Reception, 5:30 - 6:00 pm, Bartos Theatre

Prior the to the opening reception for Orthostatic Tolerance:  It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home, the List Visual Arts Center is pleased to present a panel discussion featuring exhibiting artist Tavares Strachan, Dava Newman, Professor, MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Professor George Barbastathis, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering’s 3D Optical Systems Group, and Mike Soroka, Research Engineer at the MIT Sea Grant College Program’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Lab.  The panelists who participated in Strachan’s artist residency program at MIT will discuss their experiences collaborating with the artist.This pre-reception talk will be moderated by LVAC director Jane Farver.

Reception, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception of Orthostatic Tolerance: It Might Not Be Such A Bad Idea if I Never Went Home,  a solo exhibition featuring recent work by Tavares Strachan.

Since 2006, Strachan has been working on this multiphase body of work that explores space and deep-sea training. “Orthostatic” means to stand upright, and “tolerance” refers to the ability to withstand pressure. Combined, the phrase refers to the physiological stress that cosmonauts and deep-sea explorers endure while exiting, and re-entering our home, the thin surface of planet Earth.

The Orthostatic Tolerance comes after two years of intensive research and hands-on training that has taken the artist to the Yuri Gagarin Russian State Science Research Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The exhibition will feature drawings, photographs, video works, sculpture, and installations as well as new works that were developed during Strachan’s recent artist residency at MIT.  In addition to the 3D Optical Systems Group, Strachan worked with MIT’s Manned Vehicle Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the MIT Sea Grant College Program’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Lab.

Refreshments provided. FREE and open to the public.