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This past spring, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art placed tantalizing ads in Art in America, ArtNews, and The New York Times, calling for entries from artists addressing genetics in film-based media. More than 200 artists responded; the SBMA’s new exhibition Photogenesis includes more than forty of them. Among the intriguing results, the unusually democratic approach turned up a number of artists who are also educated as scientists. “Scientific” photography plays a pivotal role in the discourse of genetics; these photographs take the discussion another dimension. On view through February 9, 2003 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

- Meredith Tromble [Thursday, November 21st, 2002]

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