"Artist's Stunning New Exhibit Celebrates Harvard's 'Hidden' Female Astronomers" REVIEWED BY SPACE.COM BY CALLA COFIELD
Calla Cofield reviewed Your Body Is a Space That Sees at Space.com.
Visual artist Lia Halloran's newest exhibit, "Your Body is a Space That Sees," features large-scale paintings of astronomical objects that were photographed and catalogued by women working at the Harvard Observatory in the late 1800s...
Check out the rest of the review here.
"Your Body Is a Space That Sees" reviewed by LA Times' by sharon mizota
Sharon Mizota recently reviewed Your Body Is a Space That Sees in the LA Times. Check it out here and see the show through this Saturday, May 20th, at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
Saturday, April 29th @3pm, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles: Lia Halloran and Jennifer Oulette: artist talk and gallery walk through of the exhibtion 'Your Body is a Space That Sees'
Jennifer Ouellette is a nationally recognized science writer and the author of four popular science books. She is former science editor of Gizmodo, a popular technology/science daily news blog that garners over 35 million page views per month, and her freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, the WallStreet Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, Slate, Salon, Smithsonian, Mental Floss, and New Scientist, among other venues. From November 2008 to October 2010, Ouellette was the founding director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a Los Angeles-based initiative of the National Academy of Sciences aimed at fostering creative collaborations between scientists and entertainment industry professionals in Hollywood. She holds a black belt in jujitsu, and lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Caltech physicist Sean (M.) Carroll.
YOUR BODY IS A SPACE THAT SEES
SOLO EXHIBITION: April 1st - May 20th, 2017 | Luis De Jesus | 2685 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 | T 310 838 6000
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 1st, 6 - 8pm | More Info
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce Your Body Is A Space That Sees, an exhibition of cyanotype works by Lia Halloran, to be presented from April 1 through May 20, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 1st, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. An artist talk will be announced at a later date.
Your Body is a Space That Sees is a series of large-scale cyanotype works that source the history and discoveries of a group of women known as "Pickering's Harem," or later the "Harvard Computers," who worked at the Harvard Observatory starting in the late 1800s through the first half of the 20th century. This group made significant impacts in the field of astronomy by using photographic glass plates to establish classification systems for the size, brightness and chemical content of stars.
Their contributions to the lineage of astronomy were fundamental and far-reaching, yet they were largely excluded from its common history. The series offers the experience of a female-centric catalog of stellar objects in immersive cyan blue and illuminates visually the curiosity and richness of the night sky through depictions of craters, comets, galaxies and nebula.
Lia Halloran's research for this series was done in partnership with the Harvard University Archive, which houses the world's largest collection of historic astronomical photographic plates. The artist identified specific plates used by these women and utilized them as a reference for her large paintings. Halloran pays tribute to these women by including their names and their discoveries in the titles of the works.
Among the important findings referenced in this body of work are the discovery by Henrietta Swan Levitt of providing the key to unlocking the distance of the universe--instrumental to the now famous breakthrough by Edwin Hubble that the universe is expanding; Cecilia Payne, who found that a vast majority of the universe consisted of hydrogen; and Annie Jump Cannon who established the classification system of stars still used today--OBAFGKM (later known under the mnemonic "Oh, Be A Fine Girl, Kiss Me").
Halloran's cyanotypes are created through a process that employs painting and printing, using photographic methods. Paintings of stellar objects referenced from photographic plates are made on semi-transparent film and then laid over paper that has been coated with light sensitive emulsion and exposed under direct sunlight. The resulting work is a cyanotype print of the positive image in equal scale to its matching negative: a photographic print created without the utilization of a camera. This process mimics how early astronomical glass plates were created and is multi-layered in meaning and technique: images of stars created by a star (our sun); paintings used to create a painting (light sensitive emulsion painted out and exposed by another painting). Halloran's technique is similar to Cliché Verre, a process used by French painters such as Camille Carot, Jean-Francois Millet and Charles-Francois Daubigny in the early 19th century as a method of making a photograph by painting on glass as the negative.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2017
JANUARY 26-29, 2017
The Barker Hangar
Santa Monica, CA
Luis de Jesus will present selections from three new series of works by Los Angeles artists Lia Halloran, Britton Tolliver, and Masood Kamandy at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2017. All three artists will be presenting solo exhibitions at the gallery this Winter and Spring.
The Glass Universe: Dava Sobel in Conversation with Lia Halloran, Hosted by Janna Levin
Pioneer Works is pleased to host New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel in conversation with artist Lia Halloran to discuss Sobel’s new book, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.
The Glass Universe tells the riveting story of “Pickering’s Harem,” a group of remarkable women hired as “computers” by Charles Pickering, the devoted director of the Harvard College Observatory. Paid 25 cents an hour, the female computers made critical contributions to our understanding of the universe before women had the right to vote. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, they turned to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates. The women of the Harvard College Observatory leveraged the “glass universe” of a half-million plates amassed in this period to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim.
Artist Lia Halloran expands the conversation with her perspective as an artist, having studied the glass plates for her own ongoing series Your Body is a Space that Sees, which has been awarded an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lia Halloran, Assistant Professor of Art and Director of the Painting and Drawing Department at Chapman University.
Dava Sobel, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Universe.
EVENT: 2PM, DECEMBER 18TH, 2016
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
1216 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91125
**Parking is available behind Cahill in Structure 3, or on California Street (campus map)
ART INSPIRED BY ASTRONOMY: MARIA POPOVA AND LIA HALLORAN IN CONVERSATION
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium – Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Artists Lia Halloran and Maria Popova in conversation about the exhibition "Deep Sky Companion," currently on view at Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Maria Popova is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on Brain Pickings, which is included in the Library of Congress archives of culturally valuable materials. She has also written for The New York Times, Wired UK, and The Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Fellow.
This event is free and open to all; no tickets or reservations are required.
BLUEPRINTS OF SPACE
We associate blueprints with architectural drawings but Los Angeles artist and astrophysics enthusiast Lia Halloran has used the cyanotype technique for her extraordinary series Your Body Is A Space That Sees. Her prints pay long overdue homage to female astronomers – depicting craters, comets, galaxies and constellations. Rosie Gailor talks to Lia Halloran about her stellar work.
Read the rest of the interview here!
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, SACI Studio Arts College International hosted the symposium From Galileo to Mars - Renaissance of the ArtSciences, a day dedicated to the developments in the relationship between arts and sciences, analyzed by distinguished guests such as the Deputy Administrator of NASA Data Newman, NASA astronaut, engineer and artist Nicole Stott, Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, architect and designer Guillermo Trotti, CEO of Dainese D-air Lab Vittorio Cafaggi, and artist and professor Lia Halloran.
Read the full press release here!
WILLIAMSON GALLERY EXHIBIT: PUZZLES OVER UNCERTAINTY
UNCERTAINTY is the latest in a series of exhibitions exploring the intersection of science and art at ArtCenter’s Williamson Gallery. Nine installations authored by artists and scientists have been assembled for an exhibition that ponders the edges of knowledge and perception, and explores the poetics of data visualization.
Curated by Williamson Gallery director Stephen Nowlin, UNCERTAINTY features works by Jim Campbell, Jonathan Corum, Marc Fichou, Donald A. Glaser (1926-2013), Lia Halloran, Thomas McCauley, Owen Schuh, Edward Tufte and The Einstein Collective (artist Sara Mast, architect Jessica Jellison, artist and animator Christopher O'Leary, filmmaker Cindy Stillwell, sound artist and composer Jason Bolte, physicist Charles Kankelborg, physicist Nico Yunes, physicist Joey Shapiro Key).
This exhibition will feature an exhibition catalog. For more information on the exhibition.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8:30pm - 10pm
DATES OF THE EXHIBITION: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - Sunday, January 22, 2017
ArtCenter Hillside Campus
1700 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
WARPED BEAUTIFUL SPACE
Check out Darling Magazine Issue No. 17 - Time featuring an interview with Kip Thorne and Lia Halloran by Theresa Miller Archer, photographed by Smith-Davis with styling by Dolly Pratt, hair by Aviva Perea using Oribe at Starworks Artists, and makeup by Heather Cvar.
Order a copy of the issue here!
REIMAGINING THE ASTRONOMICAL OBJECTS OF MESSIER
For her latest exhibition, called “Deep Sky Companion,” artist Lia Halloran was inspired not by the accomplishments, but by the frustrations, of a celebrated astronomer. Charles Messier was an 18th-century Frenchman who became known in his lifetime for meticulously recording a catalog of 110 celestial features found in the night sky. The thing is, he considered those features distractions from his main pursuit: comets....
Check out the rest of this amazing feature about the "Deep Sky Companion Series" by Science Friday written by Chau Tu here.
Summer Residency at Pioneer Works
in Brooklyn, NY July 2016
Thank you so much Jennifer Ouellette for the feature about the "Deep Sky Companion Series" that is up at the Cahill Center of Astronomy at Caltech until December 18th, 2016! You can read the full article here.
This Exhibit Makes Cosmic Art Out Of The Night Sky
21 June 2016 7:30 PM
A classic 18th century astronomy catalogue of galaxies and nebulae is the inspiration for Deep Sky Companion, a series of 110 pairs of paintings and photographs of objects visible in the night sky by artist Lia Halloran, currently on exhibit at Caltech in Pasadena California.
The daughter of a physicist, Halloran’s work has always been informed by science. For Deep Sky Companion, she drew inspiration from the catalogue of objects compiled by French astronomer Charles Messier in the 18th century. Messier actually made the catalogue out of frustration. He was hunting for comets and wanted to rule out other objects in the night sky that might impede his search. He had no idea he was observing entire galaxies and interstellar nebulae.
When her father gave her a Celeron telescope one Christmas in university, Halloran discovered the joy of amateur astronomy. As she writes in the exhibition catalogue:
Viewing Saturn from my rooftop was somehow far more impactful on me than the jaw-dropping images from the Cassini satellite because I could experience space, and understand that I was in fact a space traveller on a celestial rock, looking out at another rock travelling in space. Observing the Orion Nebula and nearby galaxies seemed to create a fold in time between myself and Messier. I would imagine his observing sessions and the drawings he made through his telescope to classify the natural world and make sense of the unknown above him.
There’s science behind her method of creating the pieces too. For the current exhibit, Halloran used the same cyanotype printing process she used for Your Body is a Space That Sees, an homage to women astronomers throughout history, from Hypatia and Caroline Herschel, to Cecelia Payne, Henrietta Leavitt and Jocelyn Bell.
She started by creating paintings of the Messier objects — all 110 of them — using blue ink on drafting film. Then she used that as negative to make positive prints of her paintings on photosensitive paper using the conventional black-and-white darkroom printing process. It just happens to mimic early astrophotography using glass plates.
When it came to displaying her work in Caltech’s signature Cahill Center, the building’s unique architecture presented a challenge, with its slanted ceilings and odd asymmetric planes. The solution: Crop the paintings into a series of circles and scatter them throughout Cahill’s exotic stairwell, bringing a sense of what it’s like to view objects in deep space to the experience.
Deep Sky Companion will be on exhibit at Caltech’s Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics through December. You can check out more of Halloran’s work on her website.
Big thanks to Brain Pickings for featuring the project 'Your Body is a Space That Sees'! You can read the full article here
Lia Halloran: Deep Sky Companion exhibition opens at Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology
June 5th - December 18th, 2016
Opening Reception: June 5th, 2016 3:00pm-5:30pm.
Exhibition walk-through with Dr. Kip Thorne and Lia Halloran, 4:00pm.
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
1216 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91125
**Parking is available behind Cahill in Structure 3, or on California Street.
Los Angeles-based artist Lia Halloran tests the boundaries between seeing, classifying, and reproducing deep-sky objects against those catalogued by French astronomer Charles Messier. Her new site-specific work, Deep Sky Companion, is both an adaptation and variation of on the visual data comprising Messier’s 110 deep sky objects that he observed in his attempt to chart comets (when, in fact, he had “accidentally” observed whole galaxies and interstellar nebulae). Slanted ceilings, extreme planes, and every possible expression of asymmetry are ideal settings for Halloran’s iterations of Messier’s amorphous cosmic bodies. The works climb upwards through three stories at varying distances from the viewer; installation directly mimics the inherent difficulty a person would experience in looking at objects in deep space.
M1-M110, Cliché-verre photographic prints created using painted negatives, 2015, 14 x 14 inches.
PROFESSOR HALLORAN AWARDED NEA ART WORKS GRANT 'YOUR BODY IS A SPACE THAT SEES'
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is excited to announce that Art Professor Lia Halloran has been awarded a NEA Art Works Grant for her project, “Your Body Is a Space That Sees.”
The two year project is based on the research and creation of a body of artwork and a female-centric astronomical catalog that traces major discoveries of women in astronomy since antiquity. The series will use the experimental photo-painting process of Cliché Verre to mimic early astronomical glass plates, reinterpreting innovations of Hypatia of Alexandria, Caroline Herschel, and the ‘Harvard Computers,’ among others. Research will be done at Harvard College Observatory’s extensive glass plate collection of astronomical images. This project will culminate with a catalog of imagery and written pieces from contemporary female authors in literature, poetry and physics in order to offer an interdisciplinary re-visualization of the sky to the art and science community. Public programming will include exhibitions at the Chapman Guggenheim Gallery and Cahill Center at Caltech.
The first exhibition of this work is scheduled at the Delaware Center of Contemporary Art from March 25- June 26th, 2017 with an accompanying symposium mid-April.
BETTER FAR PURSUE A FRIVOLOUS TRADE BY SERIOUS MEANS, THAN A SUBLIME ART FRIVOLOUSLY
Curated by Lia Halloran & Rebecca Campbell
Fine Arts Gallery, CalState Los Angeles
October 5th- October 29th, 2015
Opening Reception October 10th, 4-7pm
This exhibition is designed to explore the transitive state where contradictions of beauty and horror, comfort and terror, or separate and collective, that order our everyday lives, liquefy in a way in which dichotomies become fusions and experiences that may seem mutually exclusive synthesize into a multiplicity of truths. This exhibition ‘Better Far Pursue a Frivolous Trade by Serious Means, than a Sublime Art Frivolously’ offers the viewer the opportunity to reflect on a relationship to the sublime, the title a passage from a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1894.
Video about the course 'The Intersection of Art and Science' at Chapman University in partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including a night of observing at Mt. Wilson Observatory and a sound bath time-traveling experience at the Intergratron, in Joshua Tree CA.
Download the class catalog
SCIENCE ON TAP
143 N. Glassell St. Orange
September 14th, 2015 at 6pm
Science on Tap is a series of casual moderated discussions featuring experts who explore the intersection of science and culture. ChapmanU Science on Tap is for science lovers (and novices) in the community who want to enjoy good beer, good food, and fascinating conversation. Intersection of Art and Science with Lia Halloran, assistant Professor of Art at Chapman University
PARIS PHOTO LOS ANGELES 2015
LUIS DE JESUS GALLERY
STAGE 32 | BOOTH 8
Paramount Pictures Studios Los Angeles, CA
May 1 - 3, 2015
Featuring three new works from the series DARK SKATE/ PASSAGE
ARTIST LECTURE, LIA HALLORAN
Royal Art Academy, Stockholm, Sweden
2pm Friday, January 17th, 2015
PROFESSOR HALLORAN AWARDED 2014 WANG-FRADKIN PROFESSORSHIP
Chapman University’s elite Wang-Fradkin Professorships were awarded to professors from Schmid College of Science and Technology and Wilkinson College of Humanities and Science at the 19th Annual Chapman University Faculty Honors Convocation, held Friday in the George H.W. Bush Conference Center. The Junior Wang-Fradkin Professorship went to Lia Halloran, assistant professor in the Department of Art. Halloran is a visual artist. Halloran’s work often makes use of scientific concepts as a starting point and explores how perception, time and scale inform the human desire to understand the world.
THE WONDER ROOM
Jan. 14th - Feb. 18th 2014
Opening: Tuesday, Jan. 14th 2014, 6 - 9pm
SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy
Presentation in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni): Lia Halloran, SACI alumna (Fall 1997-Spring 1998) and Assistant Professor at the Chapman University Department of Art, on her career as an artist.
Wunderkammer, or Wonder Rooms were early private cabinets of curiosities, which contained collections of objects, minerals, and taxidermy animals of the natural world which science had yet to categorize. For the exhibition ‘The Wonder Room’ Lia Halloran has created over 30 new works for the SACI gallery based on specimens in the oldest science museum in Europe, ‘La Specola’, still located in its original location next to the Pitti Palace and contains the famous collection of anatomical waxes from the 18th century. Several years ago Halloran spent a week in La Specola documenting various parts of the museum and was especially fascinated by the Monkeys and Hummingbirds because of their macabre and delicate nature. These documentations (notes, drawings, photographs) were then used as a reference to paint a negative in reverse which was then used in a darkroom to create a positive image of the creatures resulting in a an image which strange nature is not entirely drawing yet not entirely a photograph either.
DEEP SKY COMPANION
Dec. 5th - Dec. 8th 2013
Pulse Miami w/ Martha Otero Gallery
DARK SKATE VIENNA
Oct. 4th - Dec. 9th 2013
Opening: Friday, Oct. 4th 2013, 7 - 9pm
Hilger NEXT, Vienna, Austria
OUTSIDE THE LINES: An Artists' Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations
Curated by Souris Hong-Porretta
Book Launch: Saturday, Sep. 21 2013, 3–6pm
MOCA / MOCA Store at MOCA Grand Ave.
SUBLIMATION | TRANSMUTATION
May 5th - June 16th, 2012
Opening: Saturday, May 5th 2012, 6 - 8pm
Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
With a devoted interest in physics, chemistry and the behavior of natural elements in the guise of contemporary art practices, Lia Halloran stages her solo exhibition Sublimation as a simultaneous investigation into the human form and the passage of time, where flesh undergoes a metamorphosis into crystallized figures.
The active process for Halloran begins less at the moment her hand applies the ink to the medium and more when the ink remarkably self-animates and migrates over the surface. What begins as a dual depiction of close friends used as live models and crystalline forms becomes a performance; the unpredictable nature of the heavy blue ink acts upon and within the smooth, oily paper. Halloran describes this work as a 'negotiation' between the medium, engaging in a game of action and reaction via ink pen, creating an image fluctuating between strict representation, the intangible object and the inherent fluidity of the medium.
Halloran will also show a unique incarnation of the Periodic Table of Elements, re-interpreting and combining figures into various chemical states of the 118 elements. These flourishing visuals, presented in the same layout as the classic Table, serve as capsules of potential energy. In Halloran's research of the dynamic form of chemicals, gases and metals, she harness explosive moment and inertia together in her subjects; some fully realized as human figures, other camouflaged into the hardened natural elements, themselves, manifesting a kind of dormant but sensually charged aesthetic dialogue.