ScholarShift Stories: Art of the Brain

April 20, 2017

Rare drawings from the father of modern neuroscience on display at Weisman Art Museum exhibit.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s students studied the intricate theories and drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, considered the father of modern neuroscience, during a trip to the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum on Friday, April 14. 

Led by Visual Arts Instructor Polly Isurin, this ScholarShift module delved into the groundbreaking work of Cajal, who was a talented artist in addition to his invaluable contributions to science. Combining his scientific and artistic skills to produce drawings with extraordinary aesthetic qualities, his theory that the brain is composed of individual cells rather than a tangled single web is the basis of neuroscience today.

The exhibit features 80 of Cajal’s drawings, many appearing in the U.S. for the first time, along with a selection of contemporary visualizations of the brain, photographs, historic books, and scientific tools.

For additional information, visit the exhibit page on the Weisman Art Museum website.