Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Sunday, February 12, 2017

ArtCenter Hillside Campus
Williamson Gallery
1700 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
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Williamson Gallery Exhibit Puzzles Over Uncertainty

UNCERTAINTY is the latest in a series of exhibitions exploring the intersection of science and art at ArtCenter’s Williamson Gallery. Nine installations authored by artists and scientists have been assembled for an exhibition that ponders the edges of knowledge and perception, and explores the poetics of data visualization.

For millennia humans have sought to acquire and cling to the comforts of certainty while it’s anxious opposite – uncertainty – has sparked the imaginations, instincts, hunches, intuitions, creativities, and curiosities that have shaped us into perennial seekers.

Through paintings, installations, artifacts, and data visualizations, the exhibition immerses viewers in the uncertainty/certainty paradigm.

Curated by Williamson Gallery director Stephen Nowlin, UNCERTAINTY features works by Jim Campbell, Jonathan Corum, Marc Fichou, Donald A. Glaser (1926-2013), Lia Halloran, Thomas McCauley, Owen Schuh (with Satyan Devadoss), Edward Tufte and The Einstein Collective (artist Sara Mast, architect Jessica Jellison, artist and animator Christopher O'Leary, filmmaker Cindy Stillwell, sound artist and composer Jason Bolte, physicist Charles Kankelborg, physicist Nico Yunes, physicist Joey Shapiro Key).

Read the Essay: UNCERTAINTY by Stephen Nowlin

Opening events:

In association with the UNCERTAINTY exhibition, the public is invited to a free lecture “The Thinking Eye” by Edward Tufte on Thursday, October 20, at 7pm, in ArtCenter’s hillside campus Ahmanson Auditorium. A wine reception and viewing of UNCERTAINTY will follow Tufte’s lecture.

On Friday, October 21 from 6 to 10pm the exhibition will continue its public debut during the bi-annual ArtNight Pasadena citywide event.

During weekend events October 20–23, Nobel Laureate Physicist Richard Feynman’s (1918-1988) restored ’75 Dodge van covered with Feynman Diagrams will be on display outside the Williamson Gallery.


Tuesday through Sunday:
12 noon to 5 p.m.
12 noon to 9 p.m.
Closed Mondays and holidays

Please note the expanded hours for the final week for UNCERTAINTY 

  • Tuesday, February 7: 12 noon to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 8: 12 noon to 9 p.m. 
  • Thursday, February 9: 12 noon to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, February 10: 12 noon to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 11: 12 noon to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 12: 12 noon to 5 p.m.

There is no admission charge to the Williamson Gallery, and parking is free.

Williamson Gallery exhibitions are made possible in part through the generosity of the Williamson Gallery Patrons and a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.

Learn More:

Info/Images: williamsongallery.net/press
Email: williamson.gallery@artcenter.edu

Image caption:
The Einstein Collective
Black (W)hole, 2011
Multimedia installation, dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artists.