The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Blending art and neuroscience, a new exhibit in New York City showcases the drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience. The exhibit opened yesterday at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, and you have until March 31 to take it in.

ramon y cajal astrocytes in hippocampus

A drawing by Cajal of astrocytes in the hippocampus of the human brain. Image: Instituto Cajal del Consjo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid/CSIC

Paired with the art exhibit are a series of free, related talks and workshops, and we encourage you to check them out. Three of our Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives members will be participating on separate evenings:

We’ll be covering some of these events, so stay tuned for coverage!

7 responses

  1. Please note that the Santiago Ramón y Cajal Exhibition is made possible through a grant from the Public Understanding Program of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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    The exhibit was developed with the University of Minnesota, with Sloan supporting the exhibition and catalog with an officer grant to the University of Minnesota Foundation in 2016. The show first appeared at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in British Columbia.

    The NYU Show is up until March 2018 and will thereafter travel to:
    – the MIT Museum in Boston
    – the Ackland Art Museum at UNC Chapel Hill

  2. Dear Mr. Austin:

    Cold you please inform me if the “Beautiful Brain” exhibition will be traveling to any museums on the West Coast of the United States?

    Thank you-

    William L. Rosse

  3. To my knowledge, the show was organized in the midwest (University of Minnesota) and its only west coast stop, in Canada, British Columbia, has passed.

    Thus the current stop in New York City and future visits to Boston (MIT) and UNC Chapel Hill are the only remaining instances.

    The show, by the way, received a tremendous review in the Arts Section (!) of the New York Times this weekend. It appears, however, that an admin of the Dana Foundation’s Blog will have to post the link, likely as a protection against spammers.

  4. Hi, I’m a science teacher at a high school in CA. Could you tell me if my students could use any of these images for posters within our school without violating their copyright? Or could you direct me to a source that would know about this? We’re trying to integrate more art into our science program and Ramon y Cajal’s drawings speak to the kids.
    Thank you,
    Jonathan Schaefer

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