17th Annual Webster Memorial Lecture 02.23.16

“Jantar Mantar – The Astronomical Observatories of Jai Singh” - Barry Perlus

Free Event!

Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in west central India. The observatories, or “Jantar Mantars,” present us with a unique opportunity to experience the relationships between astronomy, astrology, mathematics, architecture, design, politics, religion, and art.

Join the Adler Planetarium and lecturer Barry Perlus—an associate professor and associate dean at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning—for a fascinating look at these historic sites.

Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.


Event Date: Tuesday, February 23
Lecture: 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Public Reception: 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

About Barry Perlus

Barry Perlus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, and Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University. He has been teaching courses in photography at the undergraduate and graduate level since 1984. His artistic practice employs photography and digital imaging, with interests in light, space, and perspective. Since 2001, he has been working with wide-angle and panoramic photography as a departure from conventional pictorial space.

About The Webster Memorial Lecture

Created in 1998, the Webster Memorial Lecture is hosted each year in memory of Roderick Webster, former Adler Curator and Chairman of the Board. The lecture is sponsored in part by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). The AIA Lecture Program provides unique opportunities for interested non-professionals to meet practicing archaeologists and to learn of new discoveries.