Artist Jeff Koons to Join as Artist-in-Residence


Artist Jeff Koons to Join as Artist-in-Residence

Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute Announces First Artist-in-Residence
Visual Arts

On January 26, 2017, Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute announced that artist Jeff Koons will join as its first artist-in-residence. The Zuckerman Institute recognizes the exciting potential of building bridges between the disciplines of art and science, thus its location next to the forthcoming Lenfest Center for the Arts on Columbia's Manhattanville campus. In this spirit, Eric Kandel, MD, and the Zuckerman Institute have invited artist Jeff Koons to be the Institute’s first artist-in-residence.

During his tenure, Mr. Koons will have the opportunity to immerse himself in the science of brain and mind, attend research seminars, visit laboratories, and meet with scientists individually and in small groups to exchange ideas and discuss the science happening at the Institute. Zuckerman researchers will in turn gain insight into Mr. Koons’s creative process through an artist-in-residence symposium and scheduled visits to his studio in Manhattan.

"The opportunity to engage with scientists and understand how we think and communicate is thrilling,” says Mr. Koons. “I used to watch Eric Kandel on the Charlie Rose show, and I have always wanted to have a dialogue with someone like him who explores memory and time and reflection from a psychological perspective, from a scientific perspective.”

Dr. Kandel is University Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biophysics, and Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Celebrated for his pioneering studies into how the brain learns and forms memories, Dr. Kandel also has a deep interest in art and has written two books that explore the relationship between science and art. His latest, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science, explored why the brain finds abstract art appealing and called for greater dialogue between artists and scientists. He became fascinated with Mr. Koons’s work after attending a show at the gallery David Zwirner in New York, and the two men began a public dialogue during an event in Stockholm sponsored by the Nobel Foundation that will be continued through the Zuckerman Institute’s artist-in-residence program.

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