Parallax: Framing the Cosmos

Parallax describes how an object appears to change position when viewed from different vantage points, as in the viewfinder of a camera or when a star is seen from two different places in Earth’s orbit. As an astronomical term and a metaphor for shifting perspectives, parallax reminds us that no two cultures, nations, or minds perceive the apparently “universal” universe in the same way. Parallax: Framing the Cosmos presents outer space as a backdrop for understanding ourselves, interrogating both individual quests for unique places in space and culturally specific myths, including the US nationalist fantasy of conquering the moon and stars on behalf of “all mankind.” The exhibition offers interdisciplinary insights into and meditations on the particular and the universal, the past and the future, the eternal and the mutable, the intimate and the infinite, encouraging us to consider our own personal, national, emotional, and creative selves in the context of a greater universe.
Parallax presents conceptual, experimental, and documentary photography; textiles; scientific and artistic prints and drawings; sculpture; and painting, including many recent acquisitions to the Tang collection that will be displayed publicly for the first time. With a focus on the United States’ relationship to space travel—explored through hundreds of NASA press photographs—the exhibition will further our understandings of identity formation in relation to the cosmos and suggest ways of seeing and behaving differently in the universe we share.
Exhibition Name
Parallax: Framing the Cosmos
Exhibition Type
Group Exhibitions
Faculty Curated
Wachenheim Gallery
Oct 1, 2022 - Jun 19, 2023
Parallax: Framing the Cosmos is curated by Dayton Director Ian Berry, Skidmore Associate Professor of English Maggie Greaves, and Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
Edward Emerson Barnard, Lisa Beck, Christopher Bucklow, Vija Celmins, Russell Crotty, Dorothy Dehner, Sharon Harper, Prosper Mathieu Henry and Paul Pierre Henry, Jed Lind, Robert Longo, Giorgia Lupi, Josiah McElheny, Abelardo Morell, NASA, Demetrius Oliver, Alice O'Malley, Johann Palisa and Max Wolf, Katie Paterson, Pierre Salet, Sun Ra, Dario Robleto, Carrie Schneider, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Toshiko Takaezu, Mildred Thompson, Fred Tomaselli, Unrecorded artists, Anna Von Mertens, Cullen Washington Jr.
Student Staff
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Lucy Schwartzreich
Registrarial Intern, Student Advisory Council
Willa Flink
Registrarial Intern, Student Advisory Council
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Eve Kreshtool
2022-23 Charina Endowment Fund Endowed Intern, Student Advisory Council Chair, past: Curatorial Intern
Past: Tang Guide
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Mel Douer
Curatorial Intern, Student Advisory Council, past: Tang Guide
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Helen Branch
2022-23 Carole Marchand Endowed Intern, Student Advisory Council, past: Tang Guide
Anchor name: Dunkerley Dialogue Video
Dunkerley Dialogue with Sumita Chakraborty and Maggie Greaves
Poet Sumita Chakraborty and Skidmore Associate Professor of English Maggie Greaves, a co-curator of the exhibition “Parallax: Framing the Cosmos,” discuss the poet’s creative and scholarly work on the intersections of outer space, ecology, race, and gender in a Dunkerley Dialogue on Thursday, October 6, 2022.
Upcoming related events
Past related events
Pattern by Jonnea Herman ’18
Inspired by the annual February Tang <3 Students Event
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.