The Beautiful Brain: Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Jan. 28-May 14
Time Varies
Art, Museums

As intricate as botanical drawings and as finely detailed as human tissue viewed under a microscope, the drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal -- the father of modern neuroscience -- astound with their acute level of artistry and profound understanding of how the brain works. Cajal broke open the nascent field of brain science with the theory that the stuff within our noggins is made up of individual cells rather than a tangle of things. Organized in collaboration with neuroscientists at the University of Minnesota -- one of whom, Dr. Alfonso Araque, worked at the Instituto Cajal in Madrid where the drawings are housed -- the exhibition sheds light on Descartes’ “I think, therefore I am.’”