Suzanne Anker’s Genetic Visions

February 7, 2003

Suzanne Anker, chair of the Art History Department at SVA, is a critic and fine artist whose work has long been inspired by advances in molecular biology. She is co-author of the upcoming book The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age (Fall 2003, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press), and has published articles on the subject. Ms. Anker is playing a major role in a number of upcoming events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of the double helix, the structural arrangement of DNA. Her art will be featured in two group shows, one of which, at the New York Academy of Sciences, she is co-curating. She will be participating in a panel discussion at the academy too. The events are as follows:

  • From Code to Commodity: Genetics and Visual Art: February 13 – April 11; February 18: reception (7pm) and panel discussion (6pm); New York Academy of Sciences, 2 East 63rd Street (M-F, 9 – 5:30).
  • Women in Science (Genomically Yours): February 22 – March 22; February 22: reception (6 – 8pm); Universal Concepts Unlimited, 507 West 24th Street.

To learn more about Ms. Anker’s work and the influence of genetics on art, visit her Web site, For more information about the New York Academy of Sciences show, visit

Image: Origins and Futures (2003), by Suzanne Anker

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