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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Artist:  Jennifer Steinkamp
  6EQUJ5, 1 2, and 4, 5
  37.5' diameter x 15.4' high
Exhibition History:

  1. Soledad Sevilla Jennifer Steinkamp, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid Spain, June 28 - July 28, 2012, exhibited 1, 4, 2.
  2. Miami Project Art Fair, Miami Beach, Florida, ACME, Los Angeles, curated by Robert Gunderman and Randy Sommer, December 4 - 9, 2012, exhibited 6.
  3. Joanne Greenbaum Jennifer Steinkamp, greengrassi, London, England, January 11 - February 23, 2013, exhibited 2.
  4. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, curated by Elizabeth Armstrong, April 24, 2013 - present, exhibited 1, 2, 4 ,5.
  5. Generation W, 20 Exchange Place, New York, curated by Stefano Tonchi, September 9, 2013, exhibited 1, 2, 5.
  6. REALSPACE, Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, curated by Stephen Nowlin, October 3, 2014 - January 25, 2015, exhibited 6.

Description:   Stephen Hawking describes the possible origin of life on our planet in his television program Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking resulting from panspermia. An asteroid collides with the Earth accidentally, the microscopic organisms from another planet, frozen inside, survive space travel and passing through the Earth's atmosphere, and thus evolution begins. It seems there is a little something missing in this theory. I decided to make intelligent asteroids inscribed with drawings and paintings that possibly collided with the Earth as another explanation. The title 6EQUJ5 comes from a possible radio signal scanned by The Big Ear radio telescope. The telescope was searching the heavens in an attempt to discover any  possible radio signals that could be attributed to an extra-terrestrial  intelligence recorded by SETI in 1974. This is the only signal SETI has discovered.
Part of the collection:
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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