It will soon be 47 years since humans first set foot on the moon. To commemorate, realist artists James Dean and Kara Hammond bring together their space related works to celebrate the early days of space travel and exploration, in a small, targeted retrospective.
As NASA art director, James Dean escorted the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Jamie Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and Paul Calle to witness history in the making as they created original works for the NASA Art collection. As the former Curator of Art at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, Dean shows his own considerable prowess at capturing the early heady times of space exploration through original on-site sketches and photographs of Cape Canaveral in the early 1970’s.
Established artist Kara Hammond will show several paintings and drawings of early space technology from the 1990’s, including many Soviet era craft that were virtually unknown to the American public until decades later.
Show Opens July 1 and runs through July 31, 2016
Studio 306, third floor
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA, 22314
Special Open House during the July 14 Second Thursday from 6 to 8pm, in Studios 306 and 307.
The Splashdown Reception will be Sun. July 24 from 1pm to 4pm, to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the return of the Apollo 11 astronauts.