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Library, 2012, mixed media on linen, 62 x 70 inches

Cheryl Goldsleger: The NAS Project

February 4, 2013 - July 26, 2013

National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C.

Photo ID required. No charge.

Viewable 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays

To view the six videos that accompany this exhibition, click here.

The architecture of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Building inspired Cheryl Goldsleger to create this exhibition. Working with architectural imagery throughout her career, Goldsleger is fascinated with the way that structures are built and the diverse needs they satisfy. This building sparked her interest as a symbol of the history and significance of science and scientific discoveries.

Designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, with sculptural details by Lee Lawrie, the NAS Building represents both a specific point in time, 1924 (the year it opened), and the timeless quest for scientific knowledge. Goldsleger’s exhibition celebrates the work of generations of scientists who build upon each other’s knowledge and reach previously unimagined heights of discovery and depths of understanding.

Goldsleger referenced information from the NAS Archives and studied Goodhue’s original building plans, along with numerous other sources, to create this body of work. She invites you to see the structure anew and explore the intricate network of ideas that are embodied in it.

Goldsleger has exhibited her work at major galleries and museums since the 1980s. Her work has been featured at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Virginia Museum, the New Orleans Museum, and the Tel Aviv Museum. Her work has been discussed in Art in America, The New York Observer, and Artforum, among other publications. Goldsleger's drawings and paintings are in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; the Brooklyn Museum, The Fogg Museum at Harvard, the High Museum, the Baltimore Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Israel Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art; and other important collections. Goldsleger, recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, is a former professor at Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design where she served as director from 2006 to 2012. This exhibition was funded in part by Georgia State University.

To view the six videos that accompany this exhibition, click here.

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