MoMath Goes to Washington!

Join MoMath for a not-to-be missed three-day extravaganza in the nation’s capital during the first-ever National Math Festival!

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Art and Math in the Works of M.C. Escher
Friday, April 17, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Explore the masterpieces of M.C. Escher on this exclusive private tour of one of the world’s largest and most complete collections of his works.  Housed in a restricted area of the National Gallery of Art, this collection includes woodblock, wood engraving, and lithography, in both monochrome and color.  This is an extraordinary opportunity to view and closely study the original works of M.C. Escher, focusing on his analytic elements of design, his intuitive geometric sense, and his brilliant printmaking techniques. The tour will be guided by Dave Masunaga, Former Director, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, whose connection with Escher stems from studies with Dr. Arthur Loeb, the first person to bring M.C. Escher to the United States, and his friendship with George Escher, M.C. Escher’s eldest son.  For more information and to register, visit


Visit or volunteer with MoMath at the National Math Festival
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join MoMath as its popular Math Midway exhibition, back from a five-year national tour, arrives on the scene at the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden.  Ride the Square-Wheeled Tricycle, enjoy laser-based geometry exploration with the Ring of Fire, and play with algebraic gold doubloons along with Pirate X and Lady Y.  Experience the more than 20 hands-on, engaging math exhibits that helped launch the nation’s only Museum of Mathematics, and discover the wonder and beauty of math.  Plus, participate in Spacellation, a giant geometric coat-hanger construction making its national debut, or tie yourself up in String Upon a Star, and become an integral part of the first-ever national celebration of mathematics.  No registration needed to attend, but math-savvy volunteers can join the MoMath team to help convey the joy of math!  Students and adults both welcome:


Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare
Sunday, April 19, 12:00 pm

Math meets art in this first time three-part display of Man Ray’s surrealistic-inflected Shakespearean Equations series, side by side with the original geometric models that inspired the paintings, plus the inventive photographs of these mathematical forms made by Man Ray in Paris in the 1930s. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join MoMath on a private tour of the exhibition, learning firsthand how art and math intersect in this display of over 100 pieces, including a custom version of MoMath’s own Formula Morph exhibit, designed especially for this unique show. As a special bonus, join MoMath’s President and founder, Glen Whitney, for brunch before the tour, and hear the mathematical backstory of the Phillips Collection’s latest exhibit. For more information and to register, visit