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
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
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.
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
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
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.
PCC ART GALLERY HOURS:
THE GALLERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS, DECEMBER 17 - JAN 8.
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