Feb 22nd 2023

The breathtaking images produced by the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes are no ordinary snapshots. To produce these sublime cosmic vistas, astronomers filter raw data into colors and configurations that guide the viewer’s understanding, making creative decisions in the service of scientific communication. In this dialogue on “interstellar aesthetics,” artist Dario Robleto will join Elizabeth Kessler, exhibition catalogue contributor and Lecturer in American Studies, Stanford University, and Shane Larson, Northwestern Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Associate Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), to consider how astronomers and artists translate data into images, and how these translations shape the meaning of the cosmos in the public imagination.

This conversation is held in connection to current Block exhibition, “The Heart’s Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto.”

Programs are open to all, on a first-come first-served basis. RSVPs not required, but appreciated.

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