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Polymers in Art Through the Centuries

Polymers in Art Through the Centuries

Soup├žon Gallery

March 04, 2017 - September 03, 2017

Polymers are chemical compounds composed of small, identical molecules called monomers that link together to form repeating structural units that resemble chains. Some polymers, like cellulose, occur naturally, while others, such as acrylic or nylon, are artificial. Using examples from the Art & Science Museum’s collection, this exhibition provides a broad overview of polymers found in some of the most common materials as well as unexpected substances used in the making of art throughout the centuries, ranging from Japanese lacquerware and oil paints to more recent inventions such as acrylic paint, Lucite, and the plastics used in 3D printing. 

Organized with the assistance of John Pojman, LSU Professor of Chemistry