The Deep End of the Gene Pool: An Installation by Ann Tracy Montero at Boston University’s Sherman Gallery

in Arts, News Releases
October 10th, 2000

Contact: Laura Mikols, 617-353-3666 |

(Boston, Mass.) — Inspired by an artist’s reflections on the Human Genome Project, “The Deep End of the Gene Pool,” an installation by Boston University alumna Ann Tracy Montero, will be featured at the Sherman Gallery from Thursday, October 19 through Friday, November 17.

The exhibition’s lushly painted images reflect Montero’s musings about recent developments in genetics and her interactions with scientists working on the Human Genome Project. “The rest of the content,” she says, “is my own code, the code of this body of work, and the code of this year of my life.”

Chromosomes form the backdrop for each image. One painting shows butterflies in protective bubbles. “Monarch butterflies died when they ate genetically-altered pollen,” says Montero.

“It will take many years to fully understand the workings of the human genome,” says Montero. “In the meantime I hope the exhibit provokes a dialogue about how we use genetic-based advancements in all aspects of our lives.”

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, October 19 – Friday, November 17
Where: Sherman Gallery, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 am to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 19, 5 – 7 p.m. For Information: 617/358-0295
Contact: Katherine French, exhibitions coordinator

The exhibition and all Gallery events are free and open to the public.

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