October 11, 2008 — January 9, 2009
Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Tuesday through Sunday:
12 noon to 5 pm
12 noon to 9 pm
A collaboration between Spitzer Science Center, California Institute of Technology and Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design.
In August 2007 scientists managing the infra-red NASA Spitzer Space Telescope began a series of conversations with five contemporary artists.
Intended to inform the artists' creation of original artworks, the conversations were a port of OBSERVE, a collaboration between Art Center College of Design and California Institute of Technology. Deep space exploration reveals spectacular concepts that torque our everyday understanding of reality -- black hole physics, multiple universes, string theories, time distortions -- and that challenge our human-centered cultural traditions and beliefs.
OBSERVE commissioned Southern California artists Lita Albuquerque, Lynn Aldrich, Dan Goods, George Legrady, and Daniel Wheeler to engage with Spitzer's knowledge and technology resources, and explore the implications of its discoveries.