Scottsdale Public Art


Frankenstein: The Centuries and Alchemy Before the Legend-Frankenstein at 200

More than two centuries ago, on a dare to tell the best scary story, 18-year-old Mary Shelley imagined an idea that became the basis for her chilling and profound novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Although it was shaped by the social and technological advances of her time, Mary’s original concept endures today as a modern myth. Two hundred years later—after countless groundbreaking scientific discoveries and the invention of incredible tools for transforming the world around us—Frankenstein remains a powerful lens for viewing our relationship with science and technology and reflecting on our own roles and responsibilities as creators. Presented by Bob Beard and the ASU’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project.


This program complements the Public Art Frankenstein exhibit, Frankenstein in the 21st Century: The Waking Dream, 200 Years Later in The Gallery at the Library/Civic Center Library from Sept. 20th to Dec. 15, 2017

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