ART LUNCH: Megan Porter ~ The Science of Animal Colors

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September 26, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Hawai‘i State Art Museum
250 S Hotel St
Honolulu,HI 96813


Exterior of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum building with "No. 1 Capitol District" across the top and 3 people along the walkway getting ready to enter the building.

Dr. Megan Porter, Assistant Professor in Department of Biology at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, will demonstrate how scientists define and measure color. Dr. Porter studies the evolution of animal visual systems and color signals, and thinks a great deal about how animals see the world. Her research focuses on how animals perceive the colorful world around them. In particular, she studies mantis shrimp, which are both highly colorful and have an enigmatic visual system that can detect five times as many colors as humans do, yet appear to be worse than humans at distinguishing color.

Dr. Porter will share with the Art Lunch audience some of the ways animals produce an array of colors, and challenge the audience to think about how other animals perceive the world based on what is known about their visual systems.

Art Lunch is a monthly meet-the-artist lecture series featuring presentations by notable artists and cultural practitioners. Bring your own lunch (or buy one at Artizen cafe) and feed your creativity! Admission is always free and open to the public.

HiSAM’s first floor Multipurpose Room, No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street. Parking across the street in the Ali’i Place building (entrance at 1099 Alakea St., 75 cents for 30 minutes for first 2 hours), metered parking at ‘Iolani Palace, or metered street parking. Or take TheBus, there are several lines that stop in front of or close to the building.