Bridge to the Cosmos: Big Bang (the Painting and the Theory) Explained

Speaker Series – Dr. Ata Sarajedini

The Morikami presents a live in-person virtual lecture with Dr. Ata Sarajedini, Astrophysicist from Florida Atlantic University, in conjunction with our latest exhibition Painting Enlightenment: Experiencing Wisdom and Compassion through Art and Science.

Dr. Sarajedini explains the scientific perspective of the solo Japanese painter Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) featured in the exhibition. Iwasaki was a biologist by trade and brought his unique experiences and systematic perspective to his compositions, which he created as part of his Buddhist devotional practice. Dr. Sarajedini will highlight the painting titled, Big Bang: E=MC2 to help us better understand the deep connections between humans and the stars that Iwasaki conveyed through his artwork. Dr. Sarajedini speaks about the stars on Tanabata Day, also known as the Star Festival.

This event is FREE with paid museum admission. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, on a first come, first served basis.

About the speaker

Dr. Ata Sarajedini, Florida Atlantic University, Astrophysics

Before coming to FAU in January of 2017, Sarajedini served as Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. Before that, he was Associate Chair and Acting Chair of the Department of Astronomy. After receiving his Ph.D. in Astronomy at Yale in 1992, he spent seven years as a postdoctoral researcher and a Hubble Fellow at Kitt Peak National Observatory and San Francisco State University. Dr. Sarajedini spent two years at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT as an Assistant Professor before moving to the University of Florida in 2001. Dr. Sarajedini has over 500 publications, which have over 11,000 citations. Of these publications, over 200 have appeared in peer-reviewed literature.

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