Look Back in Time: Russell Crotty and Lick Observatory, the first traveling exhibition of the UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS), opens November 13, 2016, at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) with a free public reception 2-4 p.m. Organized for the San Jose ICA by the IAS, the exhibition premiers a major new installation by IAS artist-in-residence Russell Crotty, along with a selection of the artist’s previous work based on astronomical observations. The exhibition also features an extensive selection of never-before-exhibited objects from the Lick Observatory historical collection, selected and displayed in an installation created by Tony Misch, the Observatory's collections director.
The exhibition is the culmination of an innovative two-year collaboration between the IAS, ICA, University of California Observatories (UCO), the Lick Observatory Historical Collections Project, and Theoretical Astrophysics Santa Cruz, a faculty working group at UC Santa Cruz. According to Cathy Kimball, executive director of the ICA, “This is perfect for all of us. It’s curatorially innovative and educational, with a great group of institutional partners and a groundbreaking artist.” Look Back in Time will be on view through February 19, 2017. The exhibition is curated by John Weber, IAS founding director, Tony Misch, and Russell Crotty, in consultation with Kimball and the ICA.
The exhibition and associated residency are funded by grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the McEvoy Family Fund of the IAS, UC Santa Cruz’s Arts Division, and annual donors to the IAS and the ICA.