Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings

The 2018 Knapp Chairs of Liberal Arts Martin and Erik Demaine like to blur the lines between art and mathematics by freely moving from designing sculpture to proving theorems and back again. 

The pair from MIT use their exploring in sculpture to help visualize and understand unsolved problems in science and their scientific abilities to inspire new art forms.

A new exhibit, "Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings," features their work at USD this spring along with work created in parallel stations at USD, around San Diego, and in Tijuana. Led by USD students, teams created works on themes of folding, cutting and gluing.

The free exhibit runs through May 18 from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Humanities Center in Serra Hall. 

The Knapp Chair of Liberal Arts was established in 1995 by an endowment from the estate of Mary and Churchill Knapp of La Jolla. Each year, recipients of the Knapp Chair contribute to the vitality and centrality of the liberal arts by teaching, interacting with students, collaborating with faculty and presenting public lectures to engage the campus community in confronting humanity's urgent challenges.