The exhibition Cosmos: The Art and Science of the Universe presents hundreds of images of the cosmos, from prehistoric bronze and gold medallions with crude sky maps to high-resolution digital renderings of NASA space missions. With the accompanying narrative, Cosmos explores the human fascination with astronomy throughout history. Throughout the exhibition, astronomer Pasachoff presents artifacts that highlight the fascination with astronomy.
Artists from all over the world have long sought inspiration from the cosmos, including African artists. Some have pondered the origins of the universe and the meaning of human life in this vast expanse. In addition to African artists, many other artists explore cosmic themes in their work. For example, Karel Nel’s 2008 painting The Collapse of Time is based on exact star placements, and was created with the COSMOS project, which explores the two-degree square field of the universe.
In Cosmos as Art Object, fifteen studies of Plato’s cosmological writings are collected, each aimed at different readerships. More specialized pieces address questions about time, sempiternity, and eternity. Less specialized pieces cover the cosmology of Plato and his relationship to politics, biology, and gender differentiation. The volume is accessible to a wide variety of audiences and will give the reader a broad understanding of the universe.
The New York Cosmos have long been the intersection of art and sport. Their rich history has inspired great works of art across all mediums. The art and sport connections of the team’s history make it fertile ground for infographics. Cosmos fans will enjoy the nostalgic appeal of The Goal Hanger and the other pieces in the series. Cosmos fans can also purchase a print commemorating the Golden Era and two prints honoring the Reboot Era.
The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, also known as M21, is located in the industrial neighbourhood of Pudong. This recently opened museum is housed in the former French Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The Chinese Minsheng Bank is behind the development of the museum. The museum is currently hosting ‘Cosmos’. In fact, the entire exhibition is well worth seeing if you find yourself in Shanghai.
The work of Alexander Calder, a pioneer of three-dimensional drawing, is one of the best examples of cosmos art. The artist uses wire to render the lines as volume in space. Through experimentation, he emphasized movement in his artworks. Advances in astronomy fueled Calder’s interest in the cosmos. The artwork is so evocative that Albert Einstein reportedly was spellbound by the installation.