Collecting the Cosmos
Doheny Memorial Library, Ground Floor
On view until May 23, 2014
Collecting the Cosmos explores the intersection of art and science. On display are ten new works by Southern California-based artists Victor Raphael and Clayton Spada, whose images remix themes of space and time, folklore and religion, quantum mechanics and microbiology, in the process uncovering a hidden universe of knowledge. Also on view are rare books from our Special Collections that trace humanity’s attempts to make sense of the night sky; an installation by Dan Goods of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which simulates how astronomers look for Earth-like objects throughout the galaxy by spotting the dimming of a star’s light as a planet crosses in front of it; Hubble Space Telescope photographs that reveal the furthest distances of the universe; and an interactive experience developed by USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, which offers the viewer an opportunity to discover the terrain of Mars from millions of miles away in Doheny Memorial Library.