July 05, 2018

MOONS Exhibition Opens

Coincides with Prestigious COSPAR Scientific Assembly Hosted by California Institute of Technology During City of Astronomy Celebration

, an exhibition at the intersection of art and science for Southern California fans of the celestial, opens Friday, July 20, 2018 at ArtCenter College of Design’s Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery in Pasadena and continues through December 16, 2018. The exhibition curator is Stephen Nowlin, Williamson Gallery director.

The MOONS opening takes place during AstroWeek, a series of free family friendly events about the fascinating science of space from July 14 through July 22. AstroWeek is the result of Pasadena’s City of Astronomy partnership, an initiative to raise public awareness about space discoveries in exploration of Earth's solar system and beyond.

The city will be surging with brainpower more than usual during AstroWeek when the international Committee On Space Research (COSPAR) gathers to convene its 42nd Scientific Assembly at the Pasadena Convention Center. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), home of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and IPAC, is the official host of the prestigious conference.

“We’re pleased to have ArtCenter and the Williamson Gallery join the City of Astronomy partnership, particularly this year, when the occasion of COSPAR provides an opportunity for us to share the wonders of the universe with the public during AstroWeek,” said Janice Lee, an astronomer at Caltech's science and data center for astronomy, IPAC, and a lead organizer of the events.

“The gallery’s exhibitions fusing astronomy with contemporary art present new perspectives on how science inspires curiosity, imagination, and unorthodox thinking,” said Sabrina Stierwalt, a Caltech/IPAC astronomer and co-organizer.

Artists and sources contributing to the MOONS exhibition include Alternative Moons (Nadine Schlieper & Robert Pufleb), Carnegie Observatories, Caltech Archives, Kevin Gill, James Griffith, Tim Hawkinson, The Huntington Library, Melanie King, Sarah Perry, Steve Roden, Karley Sullivan, Penelope Umbrico, Mount Wilson Observatory and Jacqueline Woods.

"Celestial bodies tethered by orbital physics to our solar system’s planets, commonly known as moons, comprise a consortium of enticing worlds that are rocky, wet, icy, cratered, hot, cold, and puzzling, some of whose veneers are textured with mountains, lakes, concealed oceans, valleys, volcanoes, geysers, canyons and plains, and have both water and heat to fuel tantalizing speculations,” said Nowlin. “Such objects lead us to both the poetics and the disruptions ignited by an age-old urge to ponder reality beyond the single planet in which we are cradled."

AstroWeek kicks off with AstroFest, a day of hands-on and immersive experiences on July 14 at the Pasadena Convention Center. More information about AstroFest can be found here http://www.cityofastronomy.org/astrofest-2018-presenters and additional details about AstroWeek are available here http://www.cityofastronomy.org/astronomy-week-2018/.

In addition to ArtCenter and the Williamson Gallery, the City of Astronomy partnership includes Caltech, Carnegie Observatories, Giant Magellan Telescope project, IPAC at Caltech, NASA's JPL, Kidspace Children's Museum, Mount Wilson Observatory, Pasadena City College, The Planetary Society and the Thirty Meter Telescope project.

The MOONS opening reception on Thursday, July 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on the Hillside Campus at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena.

ArtCenter College of Design’s Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery is located at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena. For more information, contact williamson.gallery@artcenter.edu, call 626 396-2397 or visit http://williamsongallery.net/moons

Williamson Gallery Hours:

12 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday
12 to 9 p.m., Friday
Closed Mondays and holidays

Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
ArtCenter College of Design
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

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About the Alyce De Roulet Williamson Gallery: The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at ArtCenter has established a broad reputation for exploring the intersection of science and art. Through a two-decade series of programs and exhibitions, it has contributed to the emergence of an international movement among universities, journals, conferences, artistic studio practices, and design strategies that promotes an intensified collaboration between the humanities and sciences.

About ArtCenter: Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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