The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami will welcome two new exhibitions to its campus on Friday, October 8. Guests will discover the properties of skin across an array of organisms and examine the meaning humans have associated with skin color in “Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity, presented by Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute.” The bilingual, multi-sensory exhibition will mark its East Coast premiere at Frost Science. “X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out,” an exhibition from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), will feature dramatic X-ray prints exposing the inner workings of different species of fish, many of which are featured in the museum’s Aquarium. Both exhibitions will be on view at Frost Science through April 3, 2022.
In “Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity, presented by Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute,” guests will explore the ever-evolving science of skin, examining it as both a complex organ and a living interface between organisms and their environment, as well as a culturally significant characteristic that shapes how humans view themselves, perceive others, and interact with one another in a modern world. The exhibition offers an interactive, accessible look into esteemed research collections and hands-on demonstrations of the skin’s remarkable adaptations. Click here for more information.
“Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity” is presented by Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute. The exhibition was created by the California Academy of Sciences and modified for travel and distributed by the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition is generously supported by Susan and Nicholas Pritzker and Family.
In “X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out,” visitors will explore the Smithsonian’s National Collection of Fishes X-rays, representing more than 70 percent of the world’s fish specimens and is the largest and most diverse collection of its kind in the world. Though the images featured in the national collection were made for research purposes, the striking images demonstrate the natural union of science and art and are a visual retelling of the evolution of fish.
The exhibition features 40 black-and-white digital prints of different species of fish. Arranged in evolutionary sequence, these X-rays give a tour through the long stream of fish evolution and have allowed Smithsonian and other scientists to study the skeleton of a fish without altering the specimen, making it easier for scientists to build a comprehensive picture of fish diversity. Click here for more information.
“X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out” is organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). It was inspired by the book Ichthyo: The Architecture of Fish (Chronicle Books in association with the Smithsonian Institution, 2008) by Stephanie Comer and Deborah Klochko.