Mount Wilson Observatory presents a variety of events – many combine lectures with art such as “Within Sound: The Acoustic Sculptures of Michael Brewster” taking place on August 13, & 14, 2022 (times below). Masks are required – see below for more info.

Immerse yourself in the distilled auditory experience by the late Southern California-based artist. Brewster designed and manipulated sound waves in architectural spaces to engage listeners within auditory fields that one explores via one’s body and ears moving in space. Brewster’s works — as much about science as they are about art — have been expertly adapted for the space inside the 100-inch Dome. They are a perfect blend of what the 100-inch telescope and dome represent: science and design in service of exploration and understanding, creating something extraordinary.

Mount Wilson Observatory offer two ways to experience this art: a performance of the works along with a lecture and reception or a performance combined with observing through the historic 100-inch telescope.

On both Saturday, August 13, and Sunday August 14, there will be presentations of Within Sound at 3 pm and 6 pm. Attendees of both are invited to a talk at 4:15 pm by Homer Charles Arnold about the career of pioneering sound artist Michael Brewster. Learn about his artistic journey and how he invented various technologies and adapted architectural spaces to create his works. After the lecture, a reception with the curators will be held outside the 100-inch dome featuring Brewster’s art, examples of his experiments with sound, and technical drawings for his works.

On Saturday, August 13, starting at 7:30 pm, Within Sound will be coupled with viewing through the 100-inch telescope.  Encounter the cosmos in a whole new way with this enhanced observing opportunity. The evening begins with a curated presentation of the sound sculpture and continues into the night combined with observing on the 100-inch telescope.

Masks are required, and must remain on, in all indoor areas of the Observatory; Tickets are non-refundable; non-transferrable; The Observatory is not ADA-compliant – stairs and paths could present challenges to those with difficulties; There is a 10-minute walk from the parking lot to the 100-inch telescope; be prepared with comfortable shoes; The temperature can drop in the evenings; be prepared with extra clothing.

Admission is $50 – $100 (for Aug 13, 7:30pm event) CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; 

What: “Within Sound: The Acoustic Sculptures of Michael Brewster”
Where: Mount Wilson Observatory, 100 Mt Wilson Circle Rd, Mount Wilson, LA 91023
When: August 13, 14, 2022 – see above for times and admission;