LMTH

2106

Symmetry and Math in Art

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Symmetry and Math in Art

Spring 2020

Taught By: Benjamin Blum-Smith

Section: A

CRN: 7611

Credits: 3

In this class we will explore the idea of symmetry through the multifaceted and two-way relationship between math and visual images. Artists from all cultures and historical periods have been inspired by symmetry, while mathematicians have used the idea of symmetry to help them probe the nature of number and space, and have developed a powerful language to describe and study this idea. Over the semester, we will look at several places where these two traditions have intersected, inspiring new works of both mathematics and art. Topics will vary but will include symmetry-based art such as Golden Age Islamic art and the work of Dutch visual artist MC Escher, three-dimensional symmetrical forms such as crystals, and the mathematical language for describing symmetry, which is called “group theory.” The class will also focus on similarities and differences between math-making and art-making, and the role of constraints, experimentation, problem-solving, generalization and refinement. Students will have opportunity to do mathematics, make art, and be reflective about their experiences with both.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:30am 12/6/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/11/2020