Spitzer Visualization Scientist

"If only you could see the things I've seen with your eyes." - Roy Batty from "Blade Runner"

Posts by Robert Hurt

03.09.12

History of Space Photography Exhibit in Pasadena

Photography has, since its inception, been a staple of the art world. But the artistic significance of astronomical imagery has become increasingly evident in recent years through a variety of exhibitions falling at the intersection of astronomy and art. The latest of these is The History of Space Photography, on display at the Williamson Gallery at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena through May 6th.

A visit to Art Center is a delight on any day, with rotating exhibits showcasing the works of its talented student body. But I find it to be especially wonderful to see some of the most striking works of astronomical imaging presented in this context. Most of these images have been created by astronauts, astronomers, and data visualization experts, yet some have become as iconic in our day as any piece of photography.

The Williamson gallery is no stranger to exploring the art/science boundary. In 2008/2009 it partnered a number of artists with scientists from the Spitzer Science Center to produce the Observe exhibit, one piece of which went on to be displayed at the Winter Olympics.

Tonight, on March 9th, the exhibit is one of the key events in Pasadena's Art Night. If you are in the area, you should stop by for the exhibit sometime during its run (ending on May 6th). Visit the Williamson Gallery website for visitor's information and operating hours.