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Galileo’s World: An Artful Observation of the Cosmos

January 22–April 3, 2016

In the Starry Messenger (1610), Galileo reported his discovery of four satellites of Jupiter and mountains on the moon. These sensational telescopic discoveries would have been impossible were it not for Galileo’s training and experience in Renaissance art. Presented in conjunction with Galileo’s World, a University of Oklahoma cross-campus initiative, An Artful Observation of the Cosmos combines works from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s permanent collection with books from the Bizzell Memorial Library.

This exhibition utilizes iBeacons for additional content. Click here for more information about iBeacon technology.

Read the press release here.

Galileo's world
Galileo's world

To coincide with the exhibition, the museum has launched a podcast series called “Beyond Galileo.” Watch the podcasts below, or click here for more information.


Related Programs:

Opening Reception
Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
Public Opening Lecture
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium
Drawing on Galileo: Art, Astronomy, and Appropriation

Join us for an opening lecture by Dr. Eileen Reeves, professor and chair of comparative literature at Princeton University. Reeves has written extensively on Galileo’s relationship to art, literature, and the history of science, with published works including Painting the Heavens: Art and Astronomy in the Age of Galileo and Galileo’s Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror.

8 p.m.: Public Opening Reception
Sandy Bell Gallery

Following the lecture, enjoy a public reception featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and explore the exhibition further!

Galileo After Dark
Thursday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.
Nancy Johnston Records Gallery

Presented by Dr. Nathan Kaib, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, University of Oklahoma
Kaib will lead a talk discussing exciting recent discoveries in astronomy, followed by an indoor stargazing tour using the iPad Star Walk app. The museum will have some iPads available for attendees.  

Read the press release here.

Family Day
Sunday, Feb. 7, 1-4 p.m.
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

Explore art in the museum’s special exhibitions, and enjoy a variety of hands-on art activities for the entire family. Travel to the stars with Galileo as we embark upon An Artful Observation of the Cosmos.

Gallery Talk
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m.
Nancy Johnston Records Gallery

Presented by Francesca Giani, Exhibition Curator
Exhibition curator Francesca Giani will lead a walking tour of Galileo’s World: An Artful Observation of the Cosmos.

Watch the gallery talk here.

Galileo LIVE!
Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

Presented by the Crouse Quartet and Melissa Smith, Director of Education
Delve deeper into selected works from the exhibition through this curatorial presentation accompanied by string quartet music inspired by the stars. Songs will include a range of Classical and rock standards.

Read the press release here.

March 28–April 1, 2016
Visit any 3 of the 6 currently open Galileo's World locations and share a selfie at each location to #GalileoCrawl on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. The contest begins March 28 and ends April 1 at 11 a.m. Participants who complete the #GalileoCrawl can pick up a free Galileo’s World t-shirt and/or other miscellaneous prize at the Bizzell Memorial Library from noon-1 p.m., Friday, April 1.

More information about this event.


Lowell Nesbitt (U.S. 1933-1993)
Moon Shot, 1969
Lithograph, 22 x 30 in.
Gift of Reese and Marilyn Palley, 1991