Diamonds in the Sky: Images from the Hubble Space Telescope

Sep 30- Dec 10, 2000


Some of the most spectacular images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, accompanied by star charts, a moon rock, courtesy of NASA, astronomy-influenced art and illustrated texts that trace the role the stars and constellation mythology have played in shaping and guiding civilizations throughout history. Dr. Ronald P. Olowin, astrophysicist, and Carrie Brewster, director, Hearst Art Gallery, co-curators.


The Hearst Art Gallery of Saint Mary's College is known for a richly diverse exhibition schedule, significant publications and a variety of educational programming for all ages. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Gallery's permanent collection of more than 2000 art works features 150 paintings by the late 19th century California landscape master William Keith.


Sept. 30 - Dec. 10, 2000

Public Reception & Lecture

Sunday, Oct. 1, 1 - 2 p.m., slide lecture, "Hubble Space Telescope Past and Present: Giving Us a Sense of Place in the Universe," by Ronald P. Olowin, Ph.D., professor of astrophysics, Saint Mary's College, and former director, Kirkpatrick Planetarium, 1 p.m., LeFevre Theater, SMC, $3 donation. Reception, 2 -5 p.m., Gallery, free


"Art blends into science when the images are downloaded from the Space Telescope Science Institute. Since the powerful visual impact of the space images is somewhat diminished in the printing process, I have been able to use computer technology to manipulate and exaggerate color and depth to restore the majesty and magic of the Hubble's view of the cosmos as it appears in the exhibition." Carrie Brewster, curator.


The Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990, was named for Edwin Hubble (1889 - 1953), the American astronomer who, in the 1920s, discovered that the universe is expanding. The Hubble consistently sends awesome images of distant galaxies that challenge widely held assumptions about cosmology while inspiring the general public as well as the scientific community.

Piedmont Choirs
Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m.
Saint Mary's College Chapel.

At the peak of the full moon, Piedmont Choirs will premier the Oh of Moon and Piano, an original work created by noted Bay Area composer Mark Winges. This world premier will extend over two evenings: at SMC on Saturday and the Chabot Space and Science Center on Sunday. The internationally renowned children's choir is one of only 58 organizations selected for the Continental Harmony project, the first nationwide music commissioning project in U.S. history. The project is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The program will showcase the 133 performers between the ages of 9 and 17 who make up the Piedmont Choirs. In addition to the premier work, the Chorus will perform the American premier of who knows if the moon's a balloon, by Charles Griffin, Revontulet (Northern Lights) by Pekka Kostiainen, Song of the Stars, Quanda Sale La Luna, and other celestial-inspired works. Following the performance in the Chapel, the public will be invited to view the moon, stars, Saturn and Jupiter through telescopes and meet the composers and performers. Free, donations welcome. The exhibition will be open to concert attendees from 7 until 7:45 p.m.