Seeing Stars: Artist Lecture and Stargazing at the MoCP

Aspen Mays, Punched Out Stars, Silver Gelatin Print, 2011

Throughout history, humans have devised countless ways to make sense of the universe surrounding them. Tomorrow evening, artist Aspen Mays, Ph.D Kathryn Schaffer and astronomer Joe Guzman will examine two of the most prominent instruments for studying the universe today: the telescope and the camera.

In conjunction with Our Origins, which is on display at the MoCP through October 16, Mays and Schaffer will discuss the similar ways scientists and artists search for insight into the broad expanses of the universe: by examining with a keen eye and intelligent insight.

Beginning at 6 p.m., Our Origins curator Allison Grant will moderate the conversation between Mays, whose past work is steeped scientific exploration and anthropological awareness, and Schaffer, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago whose experience includes stargazing with the South Pole Telescope.

At 8 p.m., guests will be escorted across the street to Grant Park, where Guzman will host a stargazing session.

At the event, we will be selling archival inkjet prints of Map of the World (after Buckminster Fuller), Aspen Mays’ 2011 selection from the MoCP’s Fine Print Program.

Admission is free and open to the public. While it is not mandatory to RSVP, it can be done via our Facebook page.

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