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Anna Von Mertens

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Henrietta Swan Leavitt

Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Harvard College Observatory. Courtesy of the Harvard University ArchivesHenrietta Swan Leavitt, Harvard College Observatory. Courtesy of the Harvard University Archives

Harvard College Observatory staff, ca. 1910–1911

Staff portrait ("Observatory Group") on the steps of the Brick Building, Harvard College Observatory, ca. 1910-1911. Henrietta Leavitt is not present. Courtesy of the Harvard University ArchivesStaff portrait ("Observatory Group") on the steps of the Brick Building, Harvard College Observatory, ca. 1910-1911. Henrietta Leavitt is not present. Courtesy of the Harvard University Archives

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Anna Von Mertens

Anna Von Mertens received her MFA from the California College of the Arts and her BA from Brown University. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States, including at Ballroom Marfa, the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, the deCordova Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the RISD Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is the recipient of a 2010 United States Artist fellowship in the visual arts and a 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award.

Jennifer L. Roberts

Jennifer L. Roberts is the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities and the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is an art historian with particular interests in print history, the theory and practice of making, and the history and philosophy of science. She is the author of numerous books and articles spanning American art from the 1760s to the present and is a founder, along with Ethan Lasser of the Harvard Art Museums, of the Minding Making project, which aims to develop rigorous methods of incorporating technical and artisanal knowledge into the historical and interpretive disciplines.

Henrietta Swan Leavitt

Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868–1921) was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1892. One of a group of women “computers” hired by the Harvard College Observatory to analyze its growing collection of glass-plate astronomical photographs, she discovered the relationship between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars. These stars became the first “standard candle” in astronomy, making it possible to measure the distance between Earth and distant stars and galaxies.

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Installation: The stars fading from view on the morning of Henrietta Leavitt's birth, July 4, 1868, Lancaster, Massachusetts; The stars returning into view on the evening of Henrietta Leavitt's death, December 12, 1921, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018, hand-stitched cotton, each 54x100 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryInstallation: The stars fading from view on the morning of Henrietta Leavitt's birth, July 4, 1868, Lancaster, Massachusetts; The stars returning into view on the evening of Henrietta Leavitt's death, December 12, 1921, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018, hand-stitched cotton, each 54x100 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryThe stars fading from view on the morning of Henrietta Leavitt's birth, July 4, 1868, Lancaster, Massachusetts, 2018, hand-stitched cotton, 54x100 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryThe stars fading from view on the morning of Henrietta Leavitt's birth, July 4, 1868, Lancaster, Massachusetts, 2018, hand-stitched cotton, 54x100 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery
The stars returning into view on the evening of Henrietta Leavitt's death, December 12, 1921, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018, hand-stitched cotton, 54x100 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryThe stars returning into view on the evening of Henrietta Leavitt's death, December 12, 1921, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018, hand-stitched cotton, 54x100 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryDetail: The stars fading from view on the morning of Henrietta Leavitt's birth, July 4, 1868, Lancaster, Massachusetts, 2018, hand-stitched cotton, 54x100 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryDetail: The stars fading from view on the morning of Henrietta Leavitt's birth, July 4, 1868, Lancaster, Massachusetts, 2018, hand-stitched cotton, 54x100 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Negative and Positive Plates B20667 and D16409, Nebula in Orion, Oct 26, 1897. 2018, pencil on paper, 22x30 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryNegative and Positive Plates B20667 and D16409, Nebula in Orion, Oct 26, 1897. 2018, pencil on paper, 22x30 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryDetail: Negative and Positive Plates B20667 and D16409, Nebula in Orion, Oct 26, 1897. 2018, pencil on paper, 22x30 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryDetail: Negative and Positive Plates B20667 and D16409, Nebula in Orion, Oct 26, 1897. 2018, pencil on paper, 22x30 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Installation: Shape/View series:  2015-2017, all works hand-stitched cotton. View III 43x57 in. View V 59x47 in. View VI 67x39 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryInstallation: Shape/View series: 2015-2017, all works hand-stitched cotton. View III 43x57 in. View V 59x47 in. View VI 67x39 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryInstallation: Shape/View series:  2015-2017, all works hand-stitched cotton. View III 43x57 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryInstallation: Shape/View series: 2015-2017, all works hand-stitched cotton. View III 43x57 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Detail: Shape/View series: 2015-2017, all works hand-stitched cotton. View V 59x47 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryDetail: Shape/View series: 2015-2017, all works hand-stitched cotton. View V 59x47 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryShape/View series: 2015-2017, all works hand-stitched cotton. View V 59x47 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryShape/View series: 2015-2017, all works hand-stitched cotton. View V 59x47 in. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery