Man Ray–Human Equations

A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare

February 7 - May 10, 2015

Exhibition Images

Working in Hollywood in the late 1940s, Man Ray (1890–1976) created Shakespearean Equations, a series of paintings he considered to be the pinnacle of his creative vision. This culmination of years of work across media was inspired by photographs of mathematical models he made in Paris in the 1930s. Featuring over 100 pieces, this exhibition displays side-by-side for the first time the original mathematical models, Man Ray’s inventive photographs of the objects, and the surrealist-inflected Shakespearean Equations, connecting his approach to the geometric forms with his other works that relate inanimate objects with the human body. Man Ray’s inquisitive spirit and mastery of transforming three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional imagery is revealed in this exploration of the intersections of art and science. 
The exhibition is organized by The Phillips Collection and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Exhibition Sponsorship

The exhibition and its international tour are supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Generous support provided by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Paul and the Harris Family Foundation
Proudly sponsored by Lockheed Martin
Additional support provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the MARPAT Foundation, Inc.
Brought to you by the Exhibition Committee for Man Ray—Human Equations: Florence Fasanelli, Dr. Mark Green, Eric Richter, and Toni A. Ritzenberg