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THE LAB: Vision

Vision is one of the primary ways in which most of us experience the world around us. We use it to navigate routes, recognize faces, identify flora and fauna in our backyards, and appreciate a beautiful sunset. Our eyes tirelessly work in tandem with our brain to receive and process stimulus all around us, and yet most days we take our sight for granted.

As we explore the biological functions of our eyes and the science behind how our vision works, we invite you to think broadly about what vision means to you. How does our vision compare with the animal kingdom? What assumptions do we make about vision on a daily basis? And why do our own eyes play tricks on us when we view certain optical illusions? Delve into these ideas and more in this hands-free exhibition, inspired by Visionary New England.

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The Lab: Vision

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The Lab: Vision

Process Gallery: Animism in Visionary New England 

Animism is the idea that every living being, inanimate object, and natural phenomenon has a life force rooted in its core. This theme is one of three main ideas from the current exhibition, Visionary New England, and is found in the work of artists such as Sam Durant, Candice Lin, and Josephine Halvorson. This season’s hands-free Process Gallery also explores this idea through two engaging interactives. Visitors will be able to write letters to centuries-old rocks found on the grounds of deCordova, and connect with other visitors through aactivity exploring the ways that trees communicate and nurture each other through the invisible root system that runs underground.  

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Process Gallery: Animism in Visionary New England 

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Process Gallery: Animism in Visionary New England 

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Support for The Lab is provided by Foundation for MetroWest

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  • Location and Logistics
  • Safety and Comfort

Location and Logistics

The Lab is located on the 4th floor of the Museum building on the hill.

When visiting The Lab, we suggest that you use front or backpacks for carrying young children.

If you need to bring a stroller, you can enter the Museum building either:

Through the front entrance facing the parking lot. You will need to take two different elevators to reach the 4th floor. Front desk staff can help direct you.

Through the Pondside Doors on the far side of the Museum facing the Pond. You will enter the Museum building on the 3rd floor and will need to take one elevator to reach the 4th Floor.

Please bring strollers inside The Lab with you so that they do not interfere with the gallery exhibitions and group tours.

Please hold your children’s hands while walking through the Museum galleries to keep both people and art safe.

Safety and Comfort

Touching is absolutely allowed in The Lab, as well as in the Process Gallery and Reading Area on the 3rd floor. However, it is not allowed in any of the other Museum galleries.

Food and drink are not allowed anywhere in the Museum building. Please enjoy these in the Park or in the courtyard.

Please leave The Lab for others as you found it.

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