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Leading expert on Escher to present slide/lecture
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Dr. Doris Schattschneider, professor emerita of mathematics at Moravian College, will present a slide/lecture, Visions of Symmetry: Mathematics and the Art of M. C. Escher, on Monday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. Her lecture is part of the Monday Night Speaker Series, sponsored by the Moravian College Alumni Association. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.
Schattschneider will demonstrate how the imagery in M. C. Escher's graphic works not only makes obvious use of geometry, but often provides visual metaphors for abstract mathematical concepts. The slide lecture will examine mathematical concepts implicit in several of Escher's works; outline the transformation geometry that governs his interlocking figures, and reveals how this "math anxious" artist actually did pioneering mathematical research in order to accomplish his artistic goals.
Schattschneider received an M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University and has recently retired as professor of mathematics at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she taught for 34 years. Her dual interest in geometry and art led naturally to the study of tiling problems and the work of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher. She has several published articles on Escher's works, both in mathematical journals and in the popular magazine Scientific American. She is co-author of a book and collection of geometry models, M. C. Escher Kaleidocycles, Pomegranate Art Books, 1987, and author of the book, Visions of Symmetry: Notebooks, Periodic Drawings and Related Work of M. C. Escher, W. H. Freeman, 1990, which received research support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is primary editor of the just-published book with CD Rom, M.C. Escher's Legacy: A Centennial Celebration, which contains 40 contributions from contemporary artists and others whose work has been deeply influenced by Escher. This book grew out of the international Escher centennial congress in 1998 held in Rome and Ravello, co-organized by Doris Schattschneider and Michele Emmer. Call 601-625-7880 for information.