Geelong Gallery presents new perspectives on The Moon 50 years after first landing

The 50th anniversary of man’s first landing on the Moon  is upon us.

A free exhibition at Geelong Gallery celebrates with this significant milestone, bringing together artistic responses to the celestial body, marking fifty years since the first steps were taken on the lunar surface by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

For centuries artists from many cultures have been moved and inspired by the Moon, the most intriguing feature of the night sky. The exhibition spans historical works created when the Moon could only be viewed from afar, works from the era of the 1960s space race, and more modern pieces informed by the imagery and scientific knowledge acquired through space exploration.

For centuries artists from many cultures have been inspired by the Moon, the most prominent feature of our night sky.

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Damiano Bertoli, Whiteys on the Moon (Cathy and George) 2008, lustre print. Courtesy of the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne.

Across five key exhibition themes, The Moon will invite a new engagement with, and provide new perspectives on, this enigmatic celestial body that we all see and are influenced by.

Events

The actual 50th anniversary weekend is Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July. These events are happening from now until the exhibition closes on 1 September, 2019;

Learn Space—Destination Moon
Until 1 September, from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Drop-in tours—The Moon
Each Saturday, from 11.00am
Each Sunday, from 11.00am and 2.00pm
These are free events | No bookings required

First Friday: Lisa Sullivan—The Moon
Friday 5 July, from 10.15am
Cost—Members $10.00 | Non-members $12.00

Eye spy art adventures for wee ones—the light of the Moon
Monday 8 July,
Workshop 1 at 10.15am
Workshop 2 at 11.00am
Cost—$5.00

Eye spy art adventures—the lunar phase
Tuesday 9 July,
Workshop 1 at 10.15am
Workshop 2 at 11.30am
Cost—$5.00

Claymation—voyage to the Moon
Thursday 11 July, from 10.00am
Cost—$40.00

Afterhours—Waning Moon
Friday 19 July, from 5.30pm
Free entry | Café & Bar prices apply

Pop-up planetarium—special anniversary celebration
Saturday 20 July, various sessions
Cost—Adults $10.00 | Concession $8.00 | Children $5.00 | Family $22.00 (4 people)

First Friday: Dr Wendy Haslem—from Méliès to new media
Friday 2 August, from 10.15am
Cost—Members $10.00 | Non-members $12.00

Talking art—viewing The Moon
Thursday 15 August, from 6:30pm
Cost—Members $20.00 | Non-members $25.00

Family Fun Day—reading is my secret power
Sunday 18 August, from 11.30am
This is a free event | No bookings required

Creative conversation—Senior Curator, Lisa Sullivan, Janet Dawson and Luke Parker
Saturday 24 August at 11.00am
This is a free event | No bookings required

New Moon—trivia night
Friday 30 August
Cost—Members: $15.00 | Non-members: $20.00

Seen at top: Damiano Bertoli, Whiteys on the Moon (Sadie and Caballero) 2008, lustre print. Courtesy of the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne.

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