What We're Into: "The Beautiful Brain" Exhibit

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Connect the Grey's integrative approach blends art, science, and business, and our programs are grounded in neuroscientific research on how people learn, work, and create. So when we heard about the neuroscience-meets-art exhibit "The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal," currently showing at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, attending the show as a team was a no-brainer.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal is considered the father of modern neuroscience, thanks to his theory that the brain is composed of individual cells rather than a single web. A central piece of his work are line drawings of brain cells that, intricate and beautiful, feel right at home on the walls of an art gallery. The drawings show neurons and dendrites branching out in minute detail, and the exhibit includes magnifying glasses that allow visitors to examine every tiny stroke of Cajal's pen. The show also contains contemporary medical photography of human brains, making clear just how insightful Cajal was about the structure, design, and function of the brain.

The exhibit is showing at the Weisman through May 21 and is scheduled to travel to Vancouver, New York, Boston, and Chapel Hill over the next two years. The exhibit's run here in Minneapolis includes upcoming lectures about Alzheimer's and about Santiago Ramón y Cajal's life and work. It also includes, on February 8, a show by Hippocrates Cafe, a group of theater artists led by a University of Minnesota professor and physician, who create performances exploring topics related to health and healthcare. 

At Connect the Grey, we love activities that cross disciplines, inviting people to stretch their brains and look at topics from new angles. If you're in Minneapolis, maybe we'll see you for the Hippocrates Cafe performance on February 8. Either way, we encourage you to visit "The Beautiful Brain" for the chance to think about neuroscience through an artistic lens!