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NASA Art, 50 Years of Exploration NASA Art

July 23 - October 10, 2010.
Museum of Florida History

NASA | ART features 73 works of art, drawn from the collections of NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum including framed photographs, drawings, paintings, sculpture, audio art, mixed media, text and graphic panels. These works of art range from illustrative to abstract and highlight well-known artists who have contributed to the exhibit including Robert Rauschenberg, Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, Jamie Wyeth and others.

The artistic objects featured in the exhibit date from the inception of the NASA Art Program in 1962, when NASA administrator James E. Webb asked a group of artists to illustrate, interpret and clarify the space agency's missions and projects. Since then, painters, musicians and conceptual artists have been with NASA every step of the way.

Established soon after the inception of the U.S. space program in 1958, NASA's art program was created to provide a unique way to communicate the accomplishments, setbacks, and sheer excitement of space exploration to the public.

NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in cooperation with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.