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Seeing Stars: Artist Lecture and Stargazing at the MoCP

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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.

Our Origins Opening Reception Draws a Crowd

We’d like to thank everyone who came out to the opening reception for Our Origins last Thursday!

The event, which included a guided gallery tour from contributing artists Alison Ruttan, Ken Fandell, Alison Carey and Jennifer Ray, had an exceptional turnout, allowing artists, curators, college students and the general public to meet and discuss artistic representations to the age-old question, “Where do we, as humans, come from?”

In case you missed it, here are some photos from the event:

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Jennifer Ray discusses the inspiration behind her series, Go Deep into the Woods.

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Alison Carey discusses her series, Organic Remains of a Former World with visitors.

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After giving a lecture on his video installation, The Most Important Picture Ever, Ken Fandell mingles during the reception.

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Jennifer Ray fields questions on her work during the opening reception.

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The crowd snacks and socializes, no doubt making plans to meet up at the next MoCP event.

Miss this event? Visit us for one of these upcoming events at the museum:
• Thursday, September 27 at 5 p.m. when Colleen Plumb and Kelli Connell visit the museum to sign their books, Animals are Outside Today and Double Life.
• Tuesday, October 2 when Our Origins artist Aspen Mays joins Kathryn Schaffer, postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, to talk about ways scientists and photographers can team up to help answer questions about the origins of the universe.