We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalising content and advertising. To learn more, check out our Privacy Policy


by jraffan
posted 05/04/2013

Arts Monday 8 April 2013

Anatomical male closeup, copyright Tim Harland.

Anatomical male closeup, copyright Tim Harland.

ArtiFacts Eastside.

Join me, Jane Raffan, for a program looking at a fascinating exhibition of scientific models.

Sydney University’s Macleay Museum’s latest exhibition, True to Form, reveals the place of these models in the history of scientific practice and teaching, as well as the remarkable artisanship of their manufacture.

Among the exhibits are a series of Ziegler wax embryology models, an Auzoux papier-mâché male clastic model (pictured), plaster anatomical models, wooden crystallography models and early plaster models of prehistoric animals. Some of these items are fascinatingly grisly, and many are stunningly beautiful objects which, taken out of context, would easily be mistaken for abstract sculpture.

I’ll be chatting with show’s curator, Jan Brazier, Curator History Collections, and Dr Jude Philp, the Senior Curator at the Macleay.

More on the Macleay and the exhibition here: http://sydney.edu.au/museums/events_exhibitions/macleay_exhibitions.shtml

And the music? Well this one is going to be as quirky as some of the models. Lots of lyric and song references to an array of things biological (mainly animals!) from blues, jazz, soul, as well as a couple of ring-ins …

As always, I look forward to your company, 10:30 to noon.



Podcast now available: http://eastsidefm.org/2013/04/art-and-science-meet-in-the-macleay-museums-exhibiton-true-to-form/