NGC 281, The Pacman Nebula, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tohono O'odham Reservation, Arizona
NGC 281, The Pacman Nebula, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tohono O'odham Reservation, Arizona

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NGC 281, The Pacman Nebula, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tohono O'odham Reservation, Arizona

NGC 281 is a star-forming nebula approximately 9,500 light-years away. It was photographed through a telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, home of the world's largest collection of optical telescopes.

Kitt Peak is a division of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). Securing viewing time is highly competitive. Astronomers must apply for viewing time and decisions are made through a peer review process. Once accepted, astronomers wait on a list for months, sometimes years, for access to the telescopes. Kitt Peak is considered the optimal viewing location in the U.S. for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun.

About Taryn Simon

Conceptual artist Taryn Simon’s photographs and accompanied writing are the result of a long process of research and investigation. For her 2011 work A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, produced over a four-year period, Simon traveled around the world collecting stories and images that mapped the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. Her work Contraband (2010) presented 1,075 images of items that were detained or seized from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad. An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007), revealed objects, sites, and spaces that are integral to America's foundation or daily functioning but remain inaccessible or unknown to the public audience, including a nuclear waste storage facility, a braille edition of Playboy, and the art collection of the CIA. Equally concerned with formalism and realism, Simon seeks seductive images of inaccessible and unrecognized, but symbolic, subjects, and maintains a diverse practice that extends to film, sculpture, and performance.

American, b. 1975, New York, New York, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Almine Rech, Brussels
2014
Taryn Simon: Birds of the West Indies, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2012
Taryn Simon: Black Square, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
2010
Taryn Simon: Contraband, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Group Shows on Artsy

2014
Installment 1: Inaugural Exhibition, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Fair History on Artsy