THE Museum of Modern Art in Oxford has announced an exhibition with a direct relevance to the history of science and the construction of scientific knowledge. It will examine the ways in which photography has been used in history to order, classify, record and measure, taking as its point of departure nineteenth-century psychiatry, medicine, botany and anthropology.
Among the categories in the exhibition will be ‘the Museum’, ‘Crime and Degeneracy’, ‘Disease and Madness’ and ‘the Culture of Nature’, and one of its aims will be ‘to question the accuracy and acceptance of visual types and the myths that have grown around them’.
The title of the exhibition is: ‘In Visible Light: Photography and Classification in Art, Science and the Everyday’. It will run from the 16th March until the 22nd June.