The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Under the Moon

White Star and Blue Moon
First on the Moon (from The Apollo Story portfolio)

May 18 – July 7, 2019

Nearly every human being who has ever lived has, at some point, looked into the sky to see the moon. Indeed, it is very important to Earth: linked to tides and stabilizing its rotation, not to mention providing a light source at night for humans and animals alike.

Unsurprisingly, countless songs, paintings, movies, plays, and books have centered around the moon. Many of those works have involved a journey to the moon, and for much of human history that was seen as an impossibility. But on July 20th, 1969 that changed when man finally walked on the moon.

This show commemorates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by showcasing art spanning four centuries that in some way depicts or was inspired by the moon. Each wall corresponds to a particular theme, all united by the moon.

This exhibition is supported by the Jack and Vivian Hanson Endowment and is curated by Joshua Garver, the Spring 2019 Edward and Nancy Strauss Intern. It is a part of UA’s Moonfest.

Images: Robert T. McCall, First on the Moon (from The Apollo Story portfolio), 1973, Lithograph on paper; Alexander Calder, White Star and Blue Moon, 1973, Gouache on wove paper