February 3 – July 26, 2021 @ Asheville Art Museum
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Asheville Art Museum announces "Meeting the Moon," an exhibition featuring prints, photographs, ceramics, sculptures and more from the museum’s collection. This exhibition will be on view in the Asheville Art Museum’s McClinton Gallery Feb. 3 through July 26.
2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Apollo ?space ?program ?at NASA, but its inception was hardly the beginning of humankind’s fascination with Earth’s only moon.?Before space travel existed, the moon — shape, its mystery, and the face we see in it — inspired countless artists. Once astronauts landed on the moon, and we saw our world from a new perspective, a surge of creativity flooded the American art scene, in paintings, prints, sculpture, music, crafts, film, and poetry.
This exhibition, whose title is taken from a 1913 Robert Frost poem, examines artwork in the Asheville Art Museum’s Collection of artists who were inspired by the unknown, then increasingly familiar moon."Meeting the Moon"includes works by nationally renowned artists Newcomb Pottery, James Rosenquist, Maltby Sykes, Paul Soldner, John Lewis, Richard Ritter (Bakersville, North Carolina), and Mark Peiser (Penland, North Carolina). Western North Carolina artists include Jane Peiser (Penland, North Carolina), Jak Brewer (Zionville, North Carolina), Dirck Cruser (Asheville, North Carolina), George Peterson (Lake Toxaway, North Carolina), John B. Neff (North Carolina), and Maud Gatewood (Yanceyville, North Carolina).
“'Meeting the Moon'offers the opportunity to combine science and popular culture with works of art in the museum’s collection,” says Whitney Richardson, associate curator. “I think all visitors will find something that draws them into this exhibition, whether it’s the artwork, poetry, music, or science of space travel. It’s such an affirmation of humanity to find these mysteries, like the moon, which enchant us all.”
This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and curated by Whitney Richardson, associate curator. Visitashevilleart.orgfor more information about this and other exhibitions.