The Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM), Dr. Nathan Lord, and collaborators are partnering to present Iridescence, a feature exhibition at the LASM, July 17, 2021 - July 31, 2022.
The intersection of human-made and biological iridescence affords us a unique opportunity to 1) demonstrate the subjective and often highly personal and expressive nature of color under artistic frameworks, and 2) utilize this striking phenomenon to both entertain and educate the public on core STEAM educational concepts, notably those in color, perception, physics, biology, fashion, photography, and art.
Lexi Adam serves as Curator at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge. She earned her Master of Arts at LSU in 2014 and has over eight years experience working in the museum field. Prior to accepting the role of Curator, Adams served for six years as the Collections Manager at LASM where she cared for the museum’s 4,000 object collection. This tenure informs her goal to educate audiences through object-based exploration.
Nathan Lord is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology and Director of the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum at LSU. His research on insects includes exploring the role of color and vision on behavior and diversity, with particular emphasis on iridescence. The LSAM, with over 1,000,000 specimens, is the state of Louisiana's largest collection of insects and is utilized both for education and research. Nathan teaches numerous courses at LSU, including Insects and the Environment, General Entomology, and Insect Taxonomy.
Artist Jennifer Robison responds to an internal dialogue questioning everyday experiences through natural environments and implied narratives. Her work started as a way to process thyroid cancer, which a butterfly symbolizes. Investigations in structural color and entomology reflect in this work as questions about societal roles and generational conditioning. Robison works with her daughter as a surrogate. The process serves as a platform for familial communication about perceived roles women play and how those evolve.
Jennifer is currently a Photography Instructor for the Division of Communication & Performing Arts at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC). In 2019 the Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System (LCTCS) elected Jennifer for the Outstanding Faculty Award. Her interest in butterflies exhibiting structural color has led to Jennifer serving as a Research Assistant at Louisiana State University’s Department of Entomology.