The most prominent feature in our night sky has been a source of creative inspiration for many thousand decades. The Moon at Geelong Gallery shines a new light on this astronomical body. The exhibition includes art from the days when it could only be viewed from afar, to the 1960s space race and beyond, when more contemporary works have been informed by a growing body of scientific knowledge and imaging.
Bringing together literature, film, music, and science, this showcase spotlights works from national and state institutions, various regional galleries, private collections and the gallery’s own collection. ‘This rich subject is explored through works spanning centuries – from a 16th century woodcut by Albrecht Dürer to artistic responses made in this anniversary year – and across five key exhibition themes,’ invites curator Lisa Sullivan, highlighting their Evocations and Beginnings, Journeys To The Moon, The Light Of The Moon, Phases Of The Moon and Paper Moon exhibits.
On Saturday, the gallery also opens its Pop-up Planetarium where you can celebrate the amazing milestone by discovering more about the Moon’s origin, its path around Earth, and phases in an immersive setting. There’s also a panel discussion Talking Art – Viewing The Moon exploring artists’ interpretations and responses to la luna, featuring Lisa and artists Damiano Bertolu, Steven Rendall, and Felicity Spear.
Lastly, smart cookies won’t want to miss the Trivia Night – 1969 was certainly a ground-breaking year in terms of science, technology, civil rights and popular culture! Head along to test your knowledge and enjoy live entertainment, plus a pop-up bar and cafe.
For more information on events and tours visit the Geelong Gallery website.