Greg Mort, Space Aged - For the Crater Gouda, 2013
Watercolor on paper
Courtesy of the artist
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.
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Susan and Appy Chandler, the East India Marine Associates and the Art & Nature Committee of the Peabody Essex Museum provided support for this exhibition.
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.
Printed cotton. Peabody Essex Museum, museum purchase, the Veldman-Eecen Collection. Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.
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.
Restored and colorized version by Lobster Films with original soundtrack by AIR, 2011, film still. Courtesy of Lobster Films and Flicker Alley, LLC.