Out of this World

This summer, the Vero Beach Museum of Art hosts an astronomy photography exhibit.

Aurorascape, Mikkel Beiter. Courtesy of the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

The universe holds mysteries beyond our wildest dreams. Astronomy photographers seek to decode these secrets, emerging in the night to point their cameras to the sky in search of transcendental beauty and tangible insights among the faraway stars. The Vero Beach Museum of Art will display some of the fruits of their labor when it hosts the traveling exhibit “Astronomy Photographer of the Year” from June 1 to September 29. Since 2009, London’s Royal Observatory has issued an open call to amateur and professional photogs in want of the year’s most-compelling celestial images. The result is a near decade of stellar snaps showcasing everything from a parade of planets aligned like soldiers to the northern lights illuminating a nocturnal seascape. In conjunction with this special show, which will be staged in the Holmes Gallery, the museum will also present “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold” in its Stark Rotunda. Created by multimedia artist, designer, and social activist Ai Weiwei, this collection of 12 sculptures depicts the Chinese zodiac’s animal representations and recalls the dozen zodiac heads once housed at Beijing’s Yuanming Yuan. It will also open on June 1 and remain on view through December 15.

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