January 22, 2017 at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose.
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Artist Russell Crotty, Director of Collections at Lick Observatory Tony Misch and IAS Director John Weber will discuss the two-year project that culminated with the ICA exhibition. Moderated by ICA Executive Director Cathy Kimball.
Organized for the ICA by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) at UC Santa Cruz, the exhibition premiers a large-scale, site-specific installation by IAS artist-in-residence Russell Crotty, along with a selection of the artist’s previous work based on astronomical observations, as well as an extensive selection of never-before-exhibited objects from Lick Observatory’s historical collections. The exhibition’s title refers to an essential condition of astronomical observation known as “lookback time.” Light reaching our telescopes has traveled from the depths of space and hence shows us images from the past: the greater the distance the light has traveled, the older the image.
The exhibition is the culmination of an innovative two-year collaboration between the ICA, IAS, University of California Observatories (UCO), the Lick Observatory Historical Collections Project, and Theoretical Astrophysics Santa Cruz, a faculty-working group at UC Santa Cruz. According to Cathy Kimball, ICA’s Executive Director, “This project represents a model partnership between a public university and an urban, non-profit contemporary art space, demonstrating the value of collaborations that leverage the research capacities of higher education in the service of public arts programming.”
Russell Crotty is known internationally for his drawings and sculptures based on astronomical observation, investigating the cosmos and the nature of the universe through art. His works are in major collections throughout the U.S., including MOMA, SFMOMA, the Whitney Museum and LA MOCA. Until a wildfire destroyed it in 2007, Crotty used his own amateur observatory and five telescopes to create a unique body of drawings, sculptures, and artist books that convey the beauty and mystery of the cosmos.