THE SHAPE OF THE UNIVERSE: Recent Deep Space Photography

Curated by David Em

November 30, 2011 – February 9, 2012
(Gallery closed for the holidays, Dec 17 - Jan 8)

Reception: Wednesday, November 30, 6 – 9 PM.

Pasadena City College art gallery

1570 East Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena, CA  91106

The Shape of the Universe is an exhibition of deep‐space photography, curated by artist David Em.  The exhibition features recent images captured by NASA's Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes, as well as several ground‐based astronomical telescopes.

Assembled with the cooperation of NASA’s Spitzer Science Center at Caltech, the European Southern Observatory and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, curator David Em presents high-resolution prints in a way that encourages their consideration both as photographs in the context of fine art and as documents of new discoveries in cosmology.  Additional information about the exhibit is at

This exhibition was made possible by support from the Pasadena Art Alliance, the PCC Foundation, the Division of Natural Sciences and the Division of Visual Arts and Media Studies. 

Image credit:  NASA/JPL—Caltech. Infrared image of our Milky Way galaxy produced by NASA's Spitzer space telescope, 2009.


The gallery will be closed from December 17 through January 8.

DECEMBER HOURS: Monday through Thursday: 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M; Friday, Saturday: Noon to 4:00 P.M. Closed Sundays and school holidays.

JANUARY, FEBRUARY HOURS: Monday – Thursdays: 11:00 AM – 4 PM.  Closed Fridays and Weekends.

Recorded Gallery information: (626) 585-3285

Gallery admission, reception and related events are all free of charge and open to the public.

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