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The Art of Looking Up: Following the Stars, from Ancient Cultures to the Webb

The Art of Looking Up: Following the Stars, from Ancient Cultures to the Webb

Main Gallery: Second Floor

October 06, 2023 - April 21, 2024

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, we continue our yearlong celebration of showcasing art that has been inspired by space and space exploration. 

In this exhibition, The Art of Looking Up: Following the Stars, from Ancient Cultures to the Webb, the Louisiana Art and Science Museum has chosen to display a variety of artworks from our permanent collection, private collections, the LSU Museum of Art, and the Hilliard Art Museum, including pieces from Spanish surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí.

The artwork traces the history of following the stars from the viewpoint of the earliest cultures to the time of the James Webb Space Telescope. The Webb is the world’s largest, most powerful, and most complex space telescope ever built. It can see farther than ever, allowing us to search for questions about the nature of the universe and our place in it. 

The Art of Looking Up: Following the Stars, from Ancient Cultures to the Webb is generously supported by Entergy, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and the Alma Lee, Norman and Cary Saurage Fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum has also received a 2023 Louisiana Cultural Care Fund Grant, which provides generous general operating support related to LASM's exhibitions. Funding for this 2023 Louisiana Culture Care Fund Grant has been provided by the State of Louisiana and administered by the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities.