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News: PCC Art Gallery Presents The Shape of the Universe Exhibit

The Universe

The Pasadena City College Art Gallery will host the exhibit, “The Shape of the Universe” beginning Nov. 30. The exhibit is a collection of deep space photography, curated by artist David Em. It features recent images captured by NASA’s Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes, as well as several ground-based telescopes.

“The Shape of the Universe” presents the high-resolution prints for consideration as both objects of fine art and as documents of new discoveries in cosmology. This includes insights into the age and size of the universe, and the surprising revelation that the expansion of the universe is speeding up rather than slowing down. Colliding galaxies, stars and planets, and close-up views of our own Milky Way are all pictured. Perhaps most intriguing of all is the photographs’ contribution to the discovery of Dark Energy, an invisible force that makes up two-thirds of the universe.

Em began making digital art in the 1970s, before the emergence of personal computers. He worked as an independent artist in several research laboratories until 1994, when he set up his own electronic studio in Los Angeles.

Em’s art has been displayed internationally and featured in many publications. He is the first digital artist to have his working papers acquired by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.

“The Shape of the Universe” will run from Nov. 30 to Feb. 9. There will be a reception Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the PCC Art Gallery.

For more information, go to or call (626) 585-7238.

Release Date: 11/17/2011
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315

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