Georgia Cyber Academy Visit to: AFRICAN COSMOS: STELLAR ARTS,
And the EMORY PLANETARIUM
Michael C. Carlos Museum, 10 am- 12 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2015
This event is filled to capacity.
Georgia Cyber Academy will visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University for a Docent guided tour of a major exhibition from the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian entitled African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. This is the first major exhibition to explore the intersection of astronomy and traditional and contemporary African arts. Featuring more than seventy works of art from throughout the African continent,African Cosmos considers how the sun, moon, stars, and celestial phenomena such as lightning and rainbows have served as sources of inspiration in the creation of African art from ancient times to the present.
The exhibition includes ancient works that illuminate Africa’s contributions to the science and practice of astronomy including the Egyptian identification of Osiris with the constellation we call Orion, and the deification of the brightest star, Sirius as Sopdet. 19th and 20th century works of traditional African art illustrate the legacy of astronomical knowledge and its use as a rich source of metaphor. These include Dogon sculptures (Mali) that connect earth and sky; a Yoruba (Nigeria) sculpture honoring Shango, the thunder deity; and a rare Baule moon mask (Cote d’Ivoire). Contemporary artist, Marcus Neustetter’s piece Chasing Light simulates the fleeting celestial displays of the aurora borealis using sound waves from the northern lights to vibrate water and capture reflected laser light.
The solar system, constellations, phases of the moon, and movement of the stars are part of the Georgia performance standards science curriculum. This is an opportunity for Georgia Cyber Academy families to visit African Cosmos, and extend the knowledge further with a visit to Emory's planetarium. This special screening has been designed to explore the African night skies and how they influenced the creation of various objects from the ancient Egyptians to contemporary artists from South Africa. The planetarium shows will alternate with museum tours at 10:00 and 11:00 am.
This unique, two-hour program for Georgia Cyber Academy students and parents begins promptly at 10 a.m.
Fee: $3 per person, age 6 and older. Not recommended for children under the age of 6.
There is a 50 person limit to this event per the site, please only register if you are certain of your attendance