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Project Phaedra Summer Art Series

The Wolbach Library is hosting a Project PHaEDRA Summer Art Series on the second Tuesday of each month this summer from 2 to 3pm Eastern Time! We have invited three artists who have been inspired by the Harvard Computers to present on their artwork. Each session will take place over Zoom and will consist of a presentation from the artist followed by audience Q&A. Please register to each talk below to receive the Zoom link by email.

July 13th, 2021, 2PM Eastern - Joyce Van Dyke

Register here for the July session with playwright Joyce Van Dyke.

Play Title: The Women Who Mapped The Stars

Description: A group of five astronomers at Harvard College Observatory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries make discoveries that changed the way we see the universe -- and women scientists. 

World premiere production by The Nora Theatre Company / Central Square Theater, 2018. Commissioned by Central Square Theater.

Bio: A MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, Joyce Van Dyke has twice received playwriting grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She teaches playwriting and Shakespeare at Harvard Extension School.

August 10th, 2021, 2PM Eastern - Erika Blumenfeld

Register here for the August session with visual artist Erika Blumenfeld.

Artwork: Print Edition with Island Press (in-progress)

Description: Artist Erika Blumenfeld is creating a new print edition with Island Press that focuses on the visual language and mark-making developed by the Harvard Observatory Computers. To image their astronomical observations, the women hand-inked their research directly onto the glassy surface of countless photographic plates, mapping the night sky. Working with their now erased markings, which have been wiped off the photographic plates for digital scanning of the star data, Blumenfeld developed a language of materiality to invoke cosmic relationships—direct sun-exposed cyanotypes and the element of pure gold—to symbolically return the women’s notations to the stars.

Bio: Erika Blumenfeld is a transdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher who traces the stories of connection across the cosmos through intersections of art, science, nature and culture, leading to collaborations with research and science institutions such as NASA and the McDonald Observatory. Blumenfeld is a recipient of a Guggenheim and Smithsonian Fellowship, Rauschenberg Foundation and Island Press artist-in-residences, and her work has exhibited nationally and internationally.