Sue Johnson at The Museum of the American Philosophical Society: A series of interventions by the artist (2005)
SUE JOHNSON Sue Johnson at The Museum of the American Philosophical Society: A series of interventions by the artist (2005) Colored thread on fabric
Embroidery (left) after molecular map by Philadelphia crystallographer A. Lindo Patterson
2004-05
Colored thread on fabric
18 x 12 inches

Artist's work is now in collection of the Museum of the American Philosophical Society
SUE JOHNSON Sue Johnson at The Museum of the American Philosophical Society: A series of interventions by the artist (2005) Watercolor and transfer on paper
Bikini Atoll Noir, a new pigment color created for the 20th century
2004-05
Watercolor and transfer on paper
10 x 10 inches

At right from APS Collection: series of six photographs documenting the nuclear bomb detonations at Bikini Atoll which occured between 1946-58.

Artist's work now in the Collection of the Museum of the American Philosophical Society

SUE JOHNSON Sue Johnson at The Museum of the American Philosophical Society: A series of interventions by the artist (2005) Found object construction
Contemporary Silhouette Blacks
2005
Found object construction
12" x 9"

On left, from the text label: "In 1802, artist Charles Willson Peale purchased a small machine for making silhouettes of his museum visitors. The ”physiognotrace” outlined the shadow cast on a sheet ..."

On right: Contemporary Silhouette Blacks
SUE JOHNSON Sue Johnson at The Museum of the American Philosophical Society: A series of interventions by the artist (2005) Watercolor on paper
Colors detected on bees knees
2004-05
Watercolor on paper
Private Collection

From the APS Collection: 18th century amateur book with instructions on beekeeping accompanied by humorous sketches

SUE JOHNSON Sue Johnson at The Museum of the American Philosophical Society: A series of interventions by the artist (2005) Photocopy
Sample of Moondust (Facsimile) and Polygraph Machine
2005
Photocopy
11 x 8.5 inches

Free take-away from the exhibition created by the artist. Juxtaposed to the Hawkins’ Patent Polygraph (1803). Thomas Jefferson and Charles Willson Peale promoted its use. Jefferson, who wrote thousands of personal and professional letters, was a particularly enthusiastic ... (excerpted from the exhibition wall label)
SUE JOHNSON Sue Johnson at The Museum of the American Philosophical Society: A series of interventions by the artist (2005) Gouache on paper
Color Combinations Conducive to Knowledge Acquisition
2004-05
Gouache on paper
7 x 5 inches

SUE JOHNSON Sue Johnson at The Museum of the American Philosophical Society: A series of interventions by the artist (2005) Gouache on paper
Colors Associated with Spirit Residue
2004
Gouache on paper
18" x 18"

Wall label: "In the spirit of 19th-century spirit photographs (in the case to your left), artist appropriates color theorist Johannes Itten’s model of a twelve-pointed star to propose the range of colors found in the “residue” of spirit encounters. To enable the naked eye to perceive the “residue color,” she playfully says she enhanced it over 1000 times. She then tinted its hues in two steps to white (towards the center of the star) and shaded them in two steps to black (towards the points)."

On left, Photo (similar to those on exhibit): Spirit of Bien Boa, ca.1905
Label on verso: Annals of Psychic Science
Eugène Rochas Papers, APS

Artist's work now in the Collection of the Museum of the American Philosophical Society
SUE JOHNSON Sue Johnson at The Museum of the American Philosophical Society: A series of interventions by the artist (2005) Gouache on paper
Right: Color way for ENIAC control panel [not adopted] After Mondrian. Left: Color way proposed by the artist (After Nature)
2004-05
Gouache on paper
8 x 5 inches

Work from APS Collection in exhibition: Original blueprints for the ENIAC, the the world's first electronic digital computer developed in 1946 [Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer].

Artist's works now in the Collection of the Museum of the American Philosophical Society

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