NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration
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First Steps by Mitchell Jamieson, 1963
If you've been following our recent blog posts, you'll know that the NEA loves to forge connections between art and science. As it turns out, we're not the only ones who find the overlap between these fields both beautiful and fascinating. Last weekend, the National Air and Space Museum opened NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration, featuring over 70 works from the NASA art program. Since its inception in 1962, the program has chronicled major NASA missions and launches through artists' eyes, giving a unique perspective on the history of space exploration. On view through October 9, 2011, the exhibit features works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Norman Rockwell, and Barbara Ernst Prey, the last of whom is a member of our own National Council on the Arts. If you can't make it to Washington to see the pieces in person, take a look through the slideshow above to enjoy some of the beautiful works that the program has produced.