Location: The Walters Art Museum
Dates: February 2–July 27, 2008
Mapping the Cosmos was curated by seven students in the Fall 2007 course Behind the Scenes at the Walters Art Museum. Working closely with experts from the Walters and the Space Telescope Science Institute, students researched everything from astronomy to museum audiences, designed the installation, and wrote all of the accompanying text—including wall labels, a cell phone tour, and an online interactive linked to Google Sky. A video produced by the STSci documents the class and the making of the show.
The exhibition was praised for its unusual blend of art and science, and drew large audiences of all ages. It received extensive coverage in the press, including the JHU Gazette, the Baltimore Sun, the Sun's OpEd page, and on the website of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Mapping the Cosmos continues to travel nationally, and inspired the Fall 2010 exhibition at the Palazzo Loredan in Venice curated by the Space Telescope Science Institute. You can read more about the exhibition here.