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At the Intersection of Art and Science  Prenatal Imagery: Art from Within Debuts at Liberty Science Center   June 14, 2001 - June 20, 2002

Jersey City, NJ (May 31, 2001) Explore how, in a short span of nine months, we go from a single cell to a complex organism composed of trillions of cells through Prenatal Imagery: Art from Within, a photo exhibit premiering at Liberty Science Center starting June 14, 2001 through June 16, 2002.

The images included in the photo exhibit are produced by advanced imaging technologies and diagnostic tools such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and magnetic resonance microscopy. Such technological advancements have opened a window onto this complex phase of human life that has been hidden from human view until the last thirty years. By highlighting images from a variety of imaging technologies, in combination with accurate scientific content, all guests can connect to the developmental process and fulfill the curiosity and interest we all share in prenatal development.

But beyond demonstrating the complexity of prenatal development, the images of Prenatal Imagery stand at the intersection of art and science. The very technologies created to fulfill health needs have proven to create such images that stand on their own as beautiful, evocative artworks.

The exhibit encompasses the Liberty Science Center themes of health, environment, and invention, which together comprise the reality of life on earth. The content addresses the role of the uterine environment in prenatal development, the invention of technologies and the effect of these inventions, and human development and health.

Prenatal Imagery: Art from Within is an educational photo exhibit created by Liberty Science Center, and will begin traveling to science museums across the country starting August 2002. The exhibit is made possible with funding from Johnson & Johnson.

The medical advisors involved with creating the exhibit are: Leon G. Smith Jr., MD, Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ; Barry B. Goldberg, MD, Director, Jefferson Ultrasound Institute and Professor of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College in Philadelphia, PA; and George Bega, MD, Clinical Instructor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Liberty Science Center -- just minutes from downtown New York in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ -- is a major private, not-for-profit institution for lifelong, interactive education about science and technology. Home to more than 250 hands-on exhibits on three theme-specific floors -- Invention, Health, and Environment -- Liberty Science Center hosts numerous science-related activities and demonstrations, as well as the nation's largest IMAX(R) Dome screen. Since opening in 1993, more than six and a half million guests have come to Liberty Science Center, making it one of the region's most visited attractions. For reservations or more information, the public should call (201) 200-1000 or visit our web site at


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