09/11/2018 IAS faculty member Barbara Noah will exhibit her Likely Stories series in a solo exhibition at Davidson Galleries in Seattle in September 2019. In this series, unexpected metaphoric objects float in distant skies, deadpan and absurd relative to the grandeur of lofty extraterrestrial contexts. The images, some of which are visionary surrogate selfies or emojis, reflect on both issues like space exploration, climate change, and mortality, and dichotomies like a search for meaning versus the urge to escape from reality and our daily lives versus unfathomably distant places. In this context, the surrogate objects ascend to improbable, transcendent heights, wryly reflective of the humor and pathos of the desire for human achievement and extraordinary experience. Davidson Galleries is open to the public Tues-Sat 11am-6pm.