Springboarding from the Barry Museum's collection of historical automata, this three-prong exhibition highlights intersections between art, science, and emotion asking, somewhat paradoxically, how robots can better help us understand our own humanity.

Alongside the Museum's kinetic sculptures, which predate modern robotics, are the multimedia, anatomically-based works of Elizabeth King, the abstract mechanical sculptures of Joseph Morris, and a showcase of ODU robotics projects. Permanent collection + contemporary artists + academic scientists = an integrated and dynamic exploration of automation, autonomy, articulation, and affect.

To learn more about this intriguing exhibition, I reached out to Barry Art Museum Executive Director Charlotte Kasic for the following Q&A.