"As Above, So Below: Astrology, Art, and the Alignment of Earth with Heaven," After Hours at the IU Art Museum
February 9, 2011
Throughout history and around the globe, people have carefully observed and mapped the positions and movements of the sun, moon, planets, and stars across the sky. These observations laid the foundation for mythologies that inspired civilizations to set their earthly affairs and rituals into accord with the predictability and constancy of these heavenly bodies. From humankind's beginnings, the visual arts anchored these belief systems through symbols and motifs. Led by IU Art Museum Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Education Ed Maxedon, this special gallery session explored how artists from such diverse traditions as Hindu, Polynesian, Greek, Christian, and Ancient American, have clothed these universal ideas in their own visual languages. After the tour, students met in the upstairs conference room for light refreshments and a continued discussion with Ed Maxedon.