June C. Wayne (American, 1918-2011) Debristream (from "Stellar Winds"), 1979, color lithograph on paper, Gift of Goldstein & Phillips, A Professional Corporation. (84.2.I)_x1200

Cosmologies

September 29, 2012 - December 16, 2012

Cosmology is the arena in which science, metaphysics, philosophy, and religion converge.  The multitude of cosmological approaches seek to uncover the universe’s origins, fate, meaning and physical laws.  By studying the universe, from the smallest pieces of matter to the totality of time and space, we may be able to come to a better understanding not only of its scientific functioning but also humanity’s ultimate purpose in it.  Cosmologies considers just a few of the many ways in which art can explore the complex themes of cosmological thought.  Reflecting the multifaceted nature of such an investigation, the featured artists practice in a wide array of media and a variety of conceptual modes.  This exhibition includes works by Kiki Smith, Vija Celmins, Thomas Ruff, Duane Michals, June Wayne, Bernard Cohen, Lynn Chadwick, Joseph Cornell, Wallace Berman, Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Rauschenberg, Vik Muniz and Barbara Takenaga.