NASA/ART 50 years of exploration

“Communicating the accomplishments, setbacks, and sheer excitement of space exploration”

N COMMEMORATION of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s 50th anniversary, the Smithsonian Institution is proud to partner with NASA in sharing treasures from the space agency’s unique art collections. Available through a limited national tour, NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration celebrates NASA’s achievements with 65 works of art that communicate the accom- plishments, setbacks, and sheer excitement of space exploration from its inception to the present.


Ranging from the illustrative to the abstract, these rarely seen works include paintings, photography, sculpture, and video by artists as varied as Norman Rockwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik, William Wegman, Vija Celmins, Jamie Wyeth, Robert McCall, Russell Crotty, E.V. Day, Doug and Mike Starn, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Chakaia Booker, among others.

Of special interest to both art and science museums, NASA | ART offers exciting opportunities to reach new visitors, solidify specialized audiences, and form creative programming partnerships with schools and local arts and sciences organizations.

“Scientists, astronauts, and artists have one important quality in common,” notes exhibition co- curator Bert Ulrich. “All share the inclination to explore, whether by means of scientific investigation, a mission to the moon, or a paint brush. These works of art provide a historical legacy for the public to behold. After all, art is often an important byproduct of any great era of history, including the space age.”

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publicado el Mayo 20, 2014

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