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Vik Muniz

b. 1961

June 18, 2009
Conversations on Art:
Why Does Art Matter Now?

From left: Elizabeth Streb, Nate Silver, Lisa Randall. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left: Elizabeth Streb, Nate Silver, Lisa Randall. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

In our current economic climate, the arts appear to be expendable, yet, paradoxically, creative thinking is more necessary than ever; this interdisciplinary program seeks to address how and why art matters now. Artist Vik Muniz, physicist Lisa Randall, pollster Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com, and choreographer Elizabeth Streb discuss the ways in which they use creativity in their fields, how they push themselves to innovate, and the value of thinking outside the box at this moment. Moderated by historian and filmmaker Peter Galison.

This program, established by the Evelyn and Leonard Lauder Foundation, is dedicated in loving memory of Richard L. Fisher.