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Lecture & Closing: Without Roots We Are Nothing

  • Esther Klein Gallery 3600 Market Street Philadelphia, PA, 19103 United States (map)
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Art and Science Lecture 
Jason Diaz and Dolores Bartholomew
4 - 5 p.m.

Closing Reception
5 - 7:30 p.m.


The latest exhibition at the Esther Klein Gallery explores design, architecture and plant biology while highlighting the dynamic processes happening within plant roots. Without Roots features works by Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Professor and Artist Dolores Bartholomew, students from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts participating in Bartholomew’s “Topics in Science” class, Dr. Jason Diaz of La Salle University, and the Gallagher Plant Biology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. An Art and Science Lecture will be held by Jason Diaz and Dolores Bartholomew on September 27 at 4 p.m. at the Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market Street, followed by the exhibit’s closing reception.



Without Roots delves into the ways that plants adjust and change the structure of the root in response to environmental conditions and highlights the cell-to-cell communication that coordinates this complicated process. The installation addresses the effects of climate change that are proving challenging for plants to cope with, particularly the abnormal perception levels, in addition to temperature changes being observed the world over.



Viewers can take a closer look at plant roots through interactive media. A larger-than-life sculpture demonstrates the root’s symmetric construction as well as the complex structures hidden within cells. Without Roots invites conversations about the impact humans are making on the earth and inspires reflection on the current political and social climate that is a result of climate change. The show also seeks to encourage tolerance, diversity and the capacity to adapt to an ever-changing world.

Earlier Event: September 26
To the Polls
Later Event: September 27
Art @ East Market