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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Members’ Monday Art Talk | Astronomy and the Visual Arts

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November 22, 2021 @ 10:00 a.m. (Virtual)

Astronomical art is a good indicator of the relationship between the poetic and scientific worlds.  This talk, presented by Associate Professor Richard Poss, will examine a series of works ranging from medieval manuscript illustrations to contemporary space art – all of which deal with aspects of astronomy.  We will see how art can critique astronomical theories and comment on the condition of science.

Richard Poss is an associate professor in the Astronomy department at the University of Arizona.  He teaches about the history of astronomy as well as astronomy and the arts, and is a frequent instructor in the University’s Humanities Seminars program.

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Image (From the Collection): Robert T. McCall, Design for Stained Glass Window, Watercolor, Gift of Robert T. and Louise H. McCall