Compositions in the Cosmos

Astronaut floating in space listening to music

Now Through July, 2024 | Miller Nichols Library, Ground Floor

Journey across the universe to discover how musicians have employed a fusion of the familiar and the strange to compose the cosmos. Explore the audiation of a starburst in Margaret Brouwer’s Stardance, or the motion of a planet in Kotoka Suzuki’s Orbit.

Fall into orbit around our display to see some out of this world films. Take a look at how music and sci-fi movies collide, providing a background to the imagined space exploration.

From Sun Ra to Coltrane, Star Wars to Space Cowboys, the hopes, fears, and inspirations of outer space have been portrayed in art. Browse our collection to learn more!

The Music/Media library has scores, books, CDs, DVDs and online resources from the void above.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to see more collection highlights. We also partner with the Marr Sound Archives to highlight LPs from their collection. Check the resource list below, and click the button to download.

Collection display curated by UMKC Music/Media Library Staff Bryanna Beasley and Melissa Allison and student assistant Brandon Thibodeau, with assistance from Marr’s Nikki L’Amour

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Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

Wall with exhibit content

Conference Room 325

Located on the Third Floor of Miller Nichols Library. For access, enter the library at the north ground floor entrance or the west first floor entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor..

Map of third floor of Miller Nichols Library