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Founded in 1979, Modernism has since presented more than 450 exhibitions, both historical and contemporary, in media ranging from painting to photography, sculpture to performance, by an international roster of artists. This build-up of exhibitions has shed a light on an important aspect of the modernist embrace of spirituality, a phenomenon that has to be … Continue reading “Electronics, Fashion, Home & Garden”

Founded in 1979, Modernism has since presented more than 450 exhibitions, both historical and contemporary, in media ranging from painting to photography, sculpture to performance, by an international roster of artists. This build-up of exhibitions has shed a light on an important aspect of the modernist embrace of spirituality, a phenomenon that has to be views in a wider context. In the early modern era, the boundary between science and faith was far more porous than it is today. Charles Darwin, who did so much to shake the foundations of 19th-century religion, was adamantly opposed to the supernatural. Yet Alfred Russel Wallace , who simultaneously and independently conceived of the theory of evolution and was originally listed as its co-discoverer, was a true believer. His embrace of spiritualism may account for the degree to which he has been erased from the history of science. Shabani, F., Nayeri, N.D., Karimi, R., Zarei, K., & Chehrazi, M. (2016). Effects of music therapy on pain responses induced by blood sampling in premature infants: A randomized cross-over trial. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 21(4), 391-396. We do not know specifically how music affects memory, but most of us experience that effect every time we hear a favorite song. Indeed, music is capable of arousing in us deep and significant emotions. Memories of music can be so well preserved that the merest fragment of a melody stimulates recall of the song’s title or lyrics. Emotionally charged responses to familiar music are probably the result of connections from the auditory nerve to key limbic structures in the brain. The limbic area, which is associated with emotion, includes the olfactory cortex, amygdala, and hippocampus. The amygdala gets its input from our senses and directly affects our autonomic responses; it is also involved with our moods through interconnections with the frontal cortex and thalamus. The hippocampus plays a significant role in storage of factual information, including conscious (declarative) memory. Chen, X.J., Leith, H., Aarø, L.E., Manger, T., & Gold, C. (2016). Music therapy for improving mental health problems of offenders in correctional settings: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 12(2), 209-228. Come join us Thursday, January 12th, 2017 for the Platinum group art show at Gallery 3 in the Bishop Arts District. Lines and shapes are all well and good, but they beg to be filled in with color, so a piece of geometrical art by the quintessential geometrical artist, Piet Mondrian, plays with the notion that lines are actually outlines, and the color finds its way onto the painting in a very restrained manner. Indeed, restraint may be the keyword for geometrical painting, because the precision required necessitates a slower manner with more planning than abstract expressionism, which may be considered the absolute opposite of geometrical art. Measured compositions, akin to music in its regimentation, make for a piece of art that appeals to our cooler, more calculating brains than expressionism. What time it took to measure and paint these lines, we think, and how much planning.