At the Limits of Life and Empathy: Dario Robleto and Malcolm MacIver: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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At the Limits of Life and Empathy: Dario Robleto and Malcolm MacIver

graphic with speakers' headshots on the left and photo of an artwork consisting of various butterflies in a glass case on the right
Artwork on the right: Dario Robleto, American Seabed, 2014. Image courtesy of artist.
4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed April 12, 2023
4:00 PM-5:30 PM


Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center (Northwestern University), the Hive
2133 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Northwestern Professor of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering Malcolm MacIver researches the relationship between sense perception, cognition, and evolution. This dialogue between the scientist and Dario Robleto will explore how art and science both contemplate—and seek to overcome—the physical and temporal limits of human life. The discussion will touch on the question of how art might provide a model for long-term thinking, especially in times of societal and ecological transformation.

Programs are open to all, on a first-come first-served basis. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated, as they help us anticipate attendance numbers.




The Block acknowledges with gratitude its partnership with Northwestern University’s Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, whose leadership support has made possible this exhibition, the associated publication, and the Artist-at-Large residency of Dario Robleto (2018-2023). Major support is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous support is contributed by the Dorothy J. Speidel Fund, the Bernstein Family Contemporary Art Fund, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Alumnae of Northwestern University.












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