Other Worlds, Other Stories curator Jeffry Cudlin will discuss the relationship between art, fantasy, and space exploration. 

The talk will include overview of the exhibition, and will explore the stark contrast between our dreams for long-term space exploration and the realities of the toxic environment of Mars. More specifically, he will address the works in the exhibition in the context of such questions as, "How have graphic and literary works inspired the development of new space technology?" "How has art served as a tool for the U.S. space program?" and "How have artists interrogated or critiqued ​our country's dreams of exploration and conquest since Apollo 11?" 

Cudlin will be joined by Dr. Lia Laiakis, an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center who specializes in radiation biology and has worked on a number of NASA projects.

This project and Washington Project For the Arts Inc. are supported by the City Fund, which works to make the District of Columbia a more healthy, stable, and vibrant place to live for all its residents. The City Fund is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Jeffry Cudlin was born in 1972 in Durham, North Carolina; raised in Lynchburg, Virginia; and currently lives in Washington, D.C. He works as an artist, critic, educator, and curator. Since 2011, he has served as Professor of Curatorial Studies and Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, teaching in George Ciscle's groundbreaking Curatorial Practice MFA program. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for The Contemporary, Baltimore’s nomadic art museum without walls.

Cudlin received his MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his undergraduate degree in studio art from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Dr. Lia Laiakis received her Ph.D. from University of Maryland at Baltimore (2006) in Human Genetics with a concentration in Radiation Biology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University and is currently an Assistant Professor at the same institution. Her research interests include development of rapid biodosimetric methods and metabolic dysregulation due to ionizing radiation (gamma rays, X-rays, neutrons, and space radiation). She is an avid space enthusiast and a member of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Society.


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Thursday, January 28, 2015, 7-8pm