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EXHIBIT – Out of Thin Air: Microscopic Journeys Through Cosmic Landscapes
September 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until October 14, 2022
The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is proud to present the exhibition, Rebecca Rutstein: Out of Thin Air: Microscopic Journeys Through Cosmic Landscapes. The exhibition will run from September 8 through October 14, 2022. Rutstein will present a public lecture on Thursday, September 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Yellowhammer Room on the second floor of Gorgas Library. After the lecture, there will be a reception for the artist in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 103 Garland Hall, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Rebecca Rutstein works at the intersection of art, science and technology, creating visual experiences that reveal hidden environments in the natural world. This exhibition of her paintings was created through Rutstein’s collaboration with planetary geologist Dr. Julia Cartwright, a NASA-funded professor at The University of Alabama and a Collaborative Arts and Research Initiative (CARI) Fellow. In her research, Cartwright uses multiple techniques to characterize extra-terrestrial materials. She images sections of meteorites to different scales using high-resolution microscopy and petrography techniques.
Rutstein’s paintings for this exhibition are inspired by these images of the interior of ancient interplanetary rocks. “Some of the slices we were looking at together under the microscope were being seen for the first time,” the artist said, “We were the first to see and study them.”