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The Concinnitas Portfolio

January 05, 2016, through March 13, 2016
Simon Kirwan Donaldson, English, born 1957 Ampere's Law, number 3 of 10, from the portfolio Concinnitas 2014 Aquatint on Rives BFK paper Purchased through the Phyllis and Bertram Geller 1937 Memorial Fund and the Anonymous Fund # 144

Simon Kirwan Donaldson, Ampere's Law, number 3 of 10, from the portfolio Concinnitas, 2014, aquatint on Rives BFK paper. Purchased through the Phyllis and Bertram Geller 1937 Memorial Fund and the Anonymous Fund # 144; 2015.6.3.

The Concinnitas Portfolio now on view through March 13, 2016, in Albright Gallery. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

The Concinnitas Portfolio on view in the Hood's Albright Gallery. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

 Stephen Smale, Newton's Method, number 9 of 10, from the portfolio Concinnitas, 2014, aquatint on Rives BFK paper. Purchased through the Phyllis and Bertram Geller 1937 Memorial Fund and the Anonymous Fund #144; 2015.6.9.

Stephen Smale, Newton's Method, number 9 of 10, from the portfolio Concinnitas, 2014, aquatint on Rives BFK paper. Purchased through the Phyllis and Bertram Geller 1937 Memorial Fund and the Anonymous Fund #144; 2015.6.9.

 Richard Manning Karp, P Versus NP, number 6 of 10, from the portfolio Concinnitas, 2014, aquatint on Rives BFK paper Purchased through the Phyllis and Bertram Geller 1937 Memorial Fund and the Anonymous Fund #144; 2015.6.6

Richard Manning Karp, P Versus NP, number 6 of 10, from the portfolio Concinnitas, 2014, aquatint on Rives BFK paper Purchased through the Phyllis and Bertram Geller 1937 Memorial Fund and the Anonymous Fund #144; 2015.6.6.

Enrico Bombieri, The Ree Group Formula, number 2 of 10, from the portfolio Concinnitas, 2014, aquatint on Rives BFK paper. Purchased through the Phyllis and Bertram Geller 1937 Memorial Fund and the Anonymous Fund #144; 2015.6.2

Enrico Bombieri, The Ree Group Formula, number 2 of 10, from the portfolio Concinnitas, 2014, aquatint on Rives BFK paper. Purchased through the Phyllis and Bertram Geller 1937 Memorial Fund and the Anonymous Fund #144; 2015.6.2.

Concinnitas is a Latin term that connotes an elegant, skillful joining of elements. It was used by Renaissance scholar, artist, and architect Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472) to describe the beauty found in the confluence of perfect uses of number, position, and outline. The Concinnitas project was a two-year collaborative venture between Parasol Press and Daniel Rockmore, professor of mathematics and computer science at Dartmouth. In 2012, Parasol commissioned ten mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists—including two Nobel Laureates and five Fields Medalists—to create etchings of the mathematical expression most meaningful to them. These formulae were then printed by the fine-art print shop Harlan and Weaver as aquatints, evoking the look of equations quickly and elegantly sketched in white chalk on a blackboard.
This exhibition was organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, and its presentation at the Hood Museum of Art was generously supported by the Harrington Gallery Fund.
Curated by Dan Rockmore, Professor / Katherine W. Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and Barbara C. & Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming / Amelia Kahl, Associate Curator of Academic Programming

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Please join us for a conversation about the relationship between mathematics and art, as presented in the Concinnitas portfolio.
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