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On first glance you would think that art and science are diametrically opposed. Science commonly associated with logic and introverts, art driven by emotional expression and favored by extroverts − Gallery 1832 challenges these stereotypes, highlighting how artists’ and scientists’ similarities far outweigh their differences. Housed in a historic building, in the heart of the Kendall Square biotech innovation hub, LabCentral is a first-of-its-kind shared laboratory space designed as a “ground zero” for launch of high-potential life-sciences and biotech startups.

Built in 1832, this unassuming brick building has a long history of science and innovation. For example: the modern version of the workaday tool, the pipe (monkey) wrench, was conceived in the facility and patented in 1869; Thomas A. Watson received the first reciprocal call between two distant points from the what was then the Walworth Manufacturing Co. Machine Shop, from Alexander Graham Bell at the same company’s corporate offices in Boston; 700 Main Street was also home to the Edwin Land and Polaroid laboratories and the Davenport Car Works. We created and named Gallery 1832 as a tribute to this colorful history.

The facility boasts two gallery halls on-site (70 square-foot and 87 square-foot respectively) with a third small gallery space next door at LabCentral 610, all nestled within a labyrinth of whitewashed laboratory space. We host a carefully curated rotation of local artists every three months. 

Art & Science

Art and science have some notable parallels. Both made up of critical thinkers with personalities fired by curiosity, and a thirst to understand society, to create dialogue and make change to bring it forward.

Taking this into consideration, Gallery 1832 provides residents and visitors with new avenues to find inspiration in the space around them. We believe this constantly changing environment and exposure to new perspectives is beneficial to the mind. In this spirit, the gallery space is an important part of keeping life fresh for researchers and entrepreneurs. The goal is to offer provocative and beautiful work to provide residents and visitors new avenues to find inspiration in the space around them and perhaps help them expand out of their comfort zones to find new, creative approaches to problem solving. In addition, an overall dynamic environment with continuously rotating exhibits keeps the imagination network and pattern reconciliation process constantly engaged.

"Art serves as a great partner in the communication of scientific research as well as in the navigation of the scientific unknown" --- John Maeda (Scientific American)