Upcoming Exhibit: The Shape of the Universe: Recent Deep Space Photography

November 30 - February 9, 2012

M78, a nebula in the Orion constellation


November 30, 2011 – February 9, 2012  (Gallery closed for the holidays, Dec 17 - Jan 8)

Reception: Wednesday, November 30, 6 – 9 PM.

The Shape of the Universe is an exhibition of deep space photography, curated by artist David Em.  The exhibition features recent images captured by NASA's Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes, as well as several ground-based astronomical telescopes.

Assembled with the cooperation of NASA’s Spitzer Science Center at Caltech, the European Southern Observatory and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, curator David Em presents high-resolution prints in a way that encourages their consideration both as photographs in the context of fine art and as documents of new discoveries in cosmology.  These include insights into the size and age of the universe, and the surprising finding that rather than slowing down, the universe's expansion is actually speeding up.

The photographs also visualize the formation of stars and planets, close-up views of the center of the Milky Way, colliding superclusters of galaxies and the organization of all visible matter in the universe into a great cosmic web. Perhaps most intriguing of all is the pictures’ contribution to the discovery of Dark Energy, a mysterious invisible force that makes up over two thirds of the universe.


Artist David Em, curator of the exhibition, began producing digital art in the 1970s, before the advent of personal computers. He produced his early work as an independent artist in research laboratories, including the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Apple Computer. In 1994, he set up his own electronic art studio in Los Angeles.

David Em’s art has been exhibited internationally and featured in many publications, including a monograph of his work, The Art of David Em, published by Harry N. Abrams. He is the first digital artist to have his working papers acquired by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.


IMAGE: M78, a nebula in the Orion constellation, showing a stellar nursery where young stars are entering their final stages of formation. The photograph was created by Igor Chekalin with image data produced by the European Southern Observatory in La Silla, Chile.



DECEMBER HOURS: Monday through Thursday: 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M; Friday, Saturday: Noon to 4:00 P.M. Closed Sundays and school holidays.

WINTER HOURS: (Jan. and Feb.): Monday – Thursdays: 11:00 AM – 4 PM.  Closed Fridays and Weekends.

Gallery admission, reception and related events are all free of charge and open to the public.

Related link: http://www.pasadena.edu/artgallery


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The Shape of the Universe: Recent Deep Space Photography
Nov 30 - Feb 9, 2012