Exhibitions

Greg Mort, Space Aged - For the Crater Gouda, 2013

Watercolor on paper

Courtesy of the artist

Lunar Attraction

On view October 15, 2016 to September 4, 2017

Located in the: Art & Nature Center

As Earth's closest celestial body and only natural satellite, the moon has engaged our curiosity and imagination over millennia and across cultures. Contemporary artists use the moon as both a source of inspiration and investigation. Lunar Attraction features artworks and interactives that explore our longstanding fascination and connection with the moon, ranging from myths about the connection between werewolves and the full moon to the gravitational pull that controls Earth's tides to the 21st-century international race to build a base on the moon.

Lunar Attraction features works by Michael Benson, Adam David Brown, Craig Dorety, Fred Espenak, Foster + Partners, Sharon Harper, Beth Hoeckel, Mike Libby, Scott Listfield, Vera Lutter, Greg Mort, Takashi Murakami, Young Sook Park, Adrien Segal, Reel Water Productions, Sputniko!, Peter C. Stone, Brian Thomas, Philip Weber and Joseph Wheelwright. 

Susan and Appy Chandler, the East India Marine Associates and the Art & Nature Committee of the Peabody Essex Museum provided support for this exhibition.  

Images

Foster+Partners/ESA, Lunar base made with 3D printing, from project Lunar Habitation, 2013.

Foster+Partners/ESA, Lunar base made with 3D printing, from project Lunar Habitation, 2013.

3D rendering. © 2013 Foster+Partners.

Texoprint N.V., Apollo 11 Commemorative Textile, 1969.

Texoprint N.V., Apollo 11 Commemorative Textile, 1969.

Printed cotton. Peabody Essex Museum, museum purchase, the Veldman-Eecen Collection. Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.

Beth Hoeckel, Campground, 2013.

Beth Hoeckel, Campground, 2013.

From the series Point of View, found paper collage. Courtesy of the artist.

Georges Méliès, A Trip to the Moon, 1902.

Georges Méliès, A Trip to the Moon, 1902.

Restored and colorized version by Lobster Films with original soundtrack by AIR, 2011, film still. Courtesy of Lobster Films and Flicker Alley, LLC.

Adrien Segal, Tidal Datum, 2007.

Adrien Segal, Tidal Datum, 2007.

Steel, walnut, and hardware. Courtesy of the artist.

Greg Mort, Space Aged - For the Crater Gouda, 2013

Greg Mort, Space Aged - For the Crater Gouda, 2013

Watercolor on paper

Courtesy of the artist

Related Events

Lunar Landing 2.0 ›
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK
Monday, February 20, 2017 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate the science, technology and innovation driving lunar exploration. Immerse yourself in a portable planetarium, design a spacecraft, plan a lunar colony and much more!

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Lunar Module Engineering
10:30 am-4 pm | Atrium

Design a lunar module model for transporting astronauts between the Moon's surface and their orbiting spacecraft.

 

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING

Lunar Mission: Make a Moon Colony
10:30 am-4 pm | Create Space

Design a portion of a Moon colony with artist/educator Kimberly Aaronson as museum guests join together to create a 3-D lunar outpost fit for humans.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Moon Collages
10:30 am-4 pm | Create Space

Create a Moon-themed collage inspired by Lunar Attraction artist Beth Hoeckel's compositions.

 

PERFORMANCE

Moon Crazy
11-11:45 am and 1:30-2:15 pm | Morse Auditorium
Recommended for all ages

Put on your imagination cap and blast off to the Moon with master storyteller Jackson Gillman! His songs and lively stories, including Frank Asch's Happy Birthday Moon, launch you into space and pilot you happily home.

Lunar Landing 2.0 ›
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (Continued)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate the science, technology and innovation driving lunar exploration. Immerse yourself in a portable planetarium, design a spacecraft, plan a lunar colony and much more!

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Lunar Module Engineering
10:30 am-4 pm | Atrium

Design a lunar module model for transporting astronauts between the Moon's surface and their orbiting spacecraft.

 

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING

Lunar Mission: Make a Moon Colony
10:30 am-4 pm | Create Space

Design a portion of a Moon colony with artist/educator Kimberly Aaronson as museum guests join together to create a 3-D lunar outpost fit for humans.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Moon Collages
10:30 am-4 pm | Create Space

Create a Moon-themed collage inspired by Lunar Attraction artist Beth Hoeckel's compositions.

 

WORKSHOP

Rockets: There and Back Again
11 am-2:30 pm
PEM Connect building, next to main entrance
Tickets available day of program
Recommended for ages 5 to adult

Join an educator from the Museum of Science, Boston, to create an air rocket that will launch across the room to reach the Moon and other space targets, and then design a craft to safely return back to Earth. Four 50-minute programs offered at 11 am, noon, 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

 

FILM

Despicable Me
1-2:36 pm | Morse Auditorium

Supervillain Gru hatches a plan to steal the Moon with the help of an army of Minions, a dash of super technology and three adorable orphans in this computer-animated comedy by Illuminated Entertainment. 2010, Rated PG.

Lunar Landing 2.0 ›
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (Continued)
Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate the science, technology and innovation driving lunar exploration. Immerse yourself in a portable planetarium, design a spacecraft, plan a lunar colony and much more!

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Lunar Module Engineering
10:30 am-4 pm | Atrium

Design a lunar module model for transporting astronauts between the Moon's surface and their orbiting spacecraft.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Moon Collages
10:30 am-4 pm | Create Space

Create a Moon-themed collage inspired by Lunar Attraction artist Beth Hoeckel's compositions.

 

IMMERSIVE PRESENTATION

Night Sky: Portable Planetarium
11 am-1:45 pm | East India Marine Hall
Tickets available day of program
Recommended for ages 5 to adult

Join a space expert from the Museum of Science, Boston, on an exploration of the Moon, stars, planets and other celestial objects in the cosmos. 30-minute presentations at 11 and 11:45 am, 1 and 1:45 pm.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Lunar Orrery
10:30 am-4 pm | Maker Lounge

Create a paper model to better understand the orbits of the Sun, Earth and Moon.

Further Reading