Aga Khan Museum: Moon Craters, Exoplanets, and Galactic Revolutions with Bettina Forget

Bettina Forget - Exoplanet Zoo
Exoplanet Zoo, 2018, 3D prints, glass domes, armoire. Photo by Paul Litherland.
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join artist and scholar Bettina Forget for a talk bridging art, space science, and the timely topic of women’s representation.

Of the 1,605 named craters on the moon, only 29 are named after women — an issue that Forget has tackled in a series of works called Women With Impact. She’ll discuss the underrepresentation of women in the historical science record through the lens of this piece, which fuses drawing and selenographic research.

Forget will also share insights gleaned from her project Exoplanet Zoo, created while she served as artist-in-residence at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory. Using 3D printers Forget produced exoplanet sculptures that she displays in a “Cabinet of Curiosities,” evoking Victorian-era science.

Bettina Forget is a Montreal-based visual artist, gallery owner, art educator, and researcher. Her creative work focuses on space sciences, and has been exhibited in the USA, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Singapore, and Nicaragua. Forget is a researcher for the SETI Institute’s Artist-in-Residence program, investigating the translation of ideas between collaborating artists and scientists. In 2018, she joined the Convergence - Perceptions in Neuroscience Initiative as Director of Fine Art. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Art Education at Concordia University.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free with Museum admission
Tickets: Online
Organized by: Aga Khan Museum
Location: 77 Wynford Dr, Toronto, ON