NATIONAL AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Alan Bean: Painting Apollo, First Artist on Another World
Opening: Thursday, July 16, 2009
Location: NASM, Gallery 211
Forty years ago, the Moon received its first human visitors. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle landed, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the lunar surface. To celebrate this 40th anniversary, this exhibition presents a view of the Apollo journeys through the eyes of the first artist to visit another world.
Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the Moon during Apollo 12 in 1969. After 18 years as an astronaut, he resigned from NASA in 1981 to dedicate his life to the art of painting his memories of Apollo.
Employing an impressionistic style, Bean captures the spirit of Apollo with lunar landscapes, portraits of fellow moonwalkers, and views of Earth from space. His works offer glimpses of a world on which only he and 11 others have walked.
Displaying both art and artifacts, this exhibition weaves the technology of one of humankindâ€™s greatest achievements with an artistâ€™s firsthand account of a new frontier.