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LASERAlberta – Art and Science at the AGA

Hear from an artist, and art historian and a medical practitioner in this talk exploring intersections of art and science, including current RBC Work Room artist and physician Gloria Mok. This talk is presented in partnership with LASERAlberta.

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and are in over 25 cities around the world.


Gloria Mok-Between Stethoscope and Brush-Observations and Musings of a Generalist

Gloria Mok will share her personal journey with science and art. Mok will reflect on her creative process and how her work as a physician and administrator has enriched her art practice. This talk coincides with Mok’s exhibition Metamophosis which is currently on view at the AGA.

Gloria Mok is an Edmonton artist whose art practice focuses on science and medicine. She uses diverse media including drawing, painting, collage as well others such as x-ray and computer technology. Her interest stems from her education and profession in medicine. Art education began after she became a doctor, initially at Langara College in Vancouver; subsequently she was a special student at University of Alberta. She attended various art residencies at Emma Lake, Prairie North and Banff Centre. She has exhibited at public galleries in Edmonton, Calgary and Medicine Hat. She received funding from Alberta Art Foundation and Canada Council for a collaborative residency. Her works are in the collections of Alberta Art Foundation, University of Alberta Hospital and Alberta Art Gallery. Her work as a physician and administrator has enriched her art.

Lianne McTavish - Anatomical Looking in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century

Lianne McTavish explores the history of anatomical looking, understanding vision as an historically and culturally specific act. She emphasizes three rare early modern cases in which the active role of the designer of anatomical images was fleshed out in detail, discussing images of difficult birth, ectopic pregnancy, and dissected tapeworm fragments from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 

Lianne McTavish is Professor of the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta, where she offers courses in early modern visual culture, the history of the body, and critical museum theory. She has published articles and books on early modern childbirth in France, bodybuilding culture, and natural history museums in Canada. Her current research focuses on, among other things, the cultural history of tapeworms, and the small town and rural museums in Alberta:


Larry Louie - Beyond the Darkness

Larry Louie is an Edmonton optometrist using photography to share his vision of humanity.  His dual career as an optometrist and an international award winning humanitarian documentary photographer has led him to all corners of the world.  Larry has dedicated his life to improving not only people’s vision of their own world, but also their perspective of the world around them.  He hopes to tell the stories that will make a difference revealing the light of humanity in the darkest of place he has been. In his presentation Larry will share how he brings the duality of his work together, the clinician and the photographer.

About Leonardo/ISAST

Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) is a nonprofit organization that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers through our programs focused on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation. From its beginnings, Leonardo/ISAST has served as THE virtual community for purposes of networking, resource-sharing, best practices, research and events in Art/Science/Technology.  

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Audience: Adult


Monday: closed
Tuesday: 12-6pm
Wednesday: 12-6pm
Thursday: 12-8pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm


AGA members
Youth 0-17
Alberta students 18+
Out-of-province students
General admission
Seniors 65+


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Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1