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Bascom Palmer Sponsors SEEING Exhibition at New Frost Museum of Science

Posted: 05.08.2017

The new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science officially opens to the public Monday, May 8, with a special exhibition, SEEING: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?, made possible with the generous support of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. On view through October 20, SEEING investigates how eyes, brains, and robots see, while tackling the complex sensory experience of vision, understanding, and perception.

“Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the University of Miami Health System are delighted to partner with the Frost Museum of Science for SEEING, its first special exhibition. We know this is the first of many collaborative projects,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, Chairman, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “The Frost Science campus is remarkable, “ Alfonso added. “Even more outstanding is the knowledge contained inside. The exhibits showcasing the power of science and technology will thrill visitors and create excitement for knowledge for all. Its future is filled with limitless possibilities.”

Merging the fields of science and art in an unprecedented way, the exhibition showcases the cutting-edge science of perception through the lens of 21 talented international scientists, innovators, and artists and examines the subjectivity of sight, the other senses that shape our view of the world, and the unexpected parallels between human and machine vision.

Among the exhibition’s many highlights is EYE, which uses a sophisticated lens attached to a smartphone to capture an image of the back of the eye—the retina. Using this modern-day digital ophthalmoscope, health care professionals can examine the retinal wall for signs of health issues, such as diabetes, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, hypertension, and melanomas or cancers.

Visit frostscience.org for information about tickets, events, and programming at the museum, which inaugurates its new Biscayne Boulevard home in downtown Miami’s Museum Park with the U.S. debut of SEEING created by the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.