How the World Works

I.B. Unit of Inquiry 

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understandings of scientific principals; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.  

Map of the Sun. Illustration from, 'Mundus Subterraneus,' by Athanasius Kircher
engraving on two sheets of joined paper
15 ⅜ in x 19 in (39.05 cm x 48.26 cm);22 1/16 in x 18 1/16 in (56.04 cm x 45.88 cm)
Gift of Robert Israel
Georg Pencz
The Planets - The Sun (No. 4 of the series of 7 prints)
1500 – 1550
woodcut | paper
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
A "Norton Abrasives" wooden crate is filled with empty rusted gallon paint containers with dried paint inside. A cracked rearview mirror is attached to one side and an American flag is smushed into one side of the box. A small toy platypus sits inside one of the paint cans, although the platypus is moveable; instructions to museum state that museum staff can place platypus where they please.
Tyree Guyton
Untitled (Paint Cans)
paint cans, wooden crate, American flag, rearview mirror, and ceramic figurine
33 1/2 in x 28 1/8 in x 12 in (85.09 cm x 71.44 cm x 30.48 cm)
Gift of H. David Zucca

Cradling Wheat
lithograph on cream-colored paper
11 ⅞ in x 16 in (30.16 cm x 40.64 cm);18 ⅛ in x 22 1/16 in (46.04 cm x 56.04 cm)
Gift of Suzanne Beutler
Michael Kenna
The Rouge Study #60, Dearborn, MI
1994 – 1995
sepia-toned gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Shirley Kollins in memory of Lee Kollins
A sepia-toned image of two children and a larger, seated figure draped in a blanket. The smaller child is an infant that sits in the lap of the seated figure and the larger child stands to the infant's right with an arm on the seated figure's leg. 
Artist Unknown
6 ¼ in x 5 ¼ in (15.88 cm x 13.34 cm)
Gift of David Chambers and John Crane
William Witt
Self Portrait in Fun House Mirror, 1955
gelatin silver print on paper
11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)
A black and white image of a figure in a tobacco field with the top half of the figure's body blurred. 
Melanie Walker
Tobacco Field
archival pigment print on paper
19 in x 13 in (48.26 cm x 33.02 cm);12 in x 12 in (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm)
Gift of the artist
White palm tree sprouting from a prone, left-facing drawn figure on a black background above the text "LIFE TO SHARE" in red lettering. 
Kazumasa Nagai
Life to Share
screenprint on paper
40 1/2 x 28 3/4 in. (102.87 x 73.02 cm)
Gift of the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion
A sweeping winter river scene opens up from the foreground and sweeps away towards the left. Ice floes dot the river surface and snowy hills frame trees that stand along the riverbank in the middle distance. The palette of this painting is restricted to mauves, blues, greens, and whites.
Claude Monet
The Break-up of the Ice (La Débâcle or Les Glaçons)
oil on canvas
23 ¾ in x 39 3/10 in (60.33 cm x 99.85 cm);32 ½ in x 48 in x 2 ¾ in (82.55 cm x 121.92 cm x 6.99 cm)
Acquired through the generosity of Russell B. Stearns (LS&A, 1916), and his wife Andree B. Stearns, Dedham, Massachusetts
Jerome Magid
Preproduction JA Platform Vehicle - Dodge Stratus/Mitsubishi Sebring 3/8 Scale Wind Tunnel, Chrysler Corporation from "Detroit Focus 2000"
color photograph on paper
11 in. x 14 in. ( 27.9 cm x 35.5 cm )
Gift of Detroit Focus 2000, and partial purchase with funds from the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
This image depicts a driverless Model T Ford automobile sitting in front of a wooden barn.
Wright Morris
WR5 Model T in Front of Barn
gelatin silver print | paper
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art


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