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Solarium

Apparently, humankind's contact with the sun must be limited because if we stare at it directly we will "suffer retina damage" and if we fly too close to it, we will "die." Well, fine; but what if we want to experience the sun's sublime beauty as if it were just a few million miles away, rather than 93 million? Using images of solar flares and eruptions from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, artists Genna Duberstein, Scott Wiessinger, and Tom Bridgman have created an immersive video projection that details the sun's activity through time. No sun block necessary. When told of this forthcoming installation, a local physicist responded "That actually sounds pretty dope. The surface of the sun is awesome." 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 15 and 16, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 17, Maryland Institute College of Art, Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., artscape.org, free. (Maura Callahan)

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