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Seventeenth-century camera obscura diagram

A camera obscura illustration from the seventeenth century. Image courtesy of Pioneer Works

Summer School with Pioneer Works: "The History of Visualization"

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7–9 p.m.
Brooklyn Museum

This summer we're partnering with Pioneer Works to present a series of two-part classes, inspired by our exhibitions, that explore how artists use diverse tools to develop ideas.

The History of Visualization (From Camera Obscura to 3-D Printing)
Led by Robyn Renee Hasty/David Sheinkopf

Thursday, July 10, at Brooklyn Museum: gallery walk-through
Tuesday, July 15, at Pioneer Works, Red Hook: hands-on workshop

During the past 500 years, technology has fundamentally changed the way we perceive, interpret, and re-create our world and ourselves. From the fifteenth-century camera obscura to the desktop 3-D printer in the twenty-first century, technology has led to a revolution in art and design.

In the first session, we'll cover the history of these developments through demonstrations and materials at the Brooklyn Museum archive. During the second session, you'll experiment at lab stations with lenses, optics, drawing machines, projection, camera obscura, and 3-D scanning and printing.

The class fee is $20, which includes both sessions, Museum general admission, and a ticket to the exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What?. For tickets, register on the Pioneer Works website. Cyclists, here's a bike map for directions between the Museum and Pioneer Works.