MFAH Presents: The Moon
To mark the 40th anniversary of man’s landing on the moon, this September the MFAH will present an exhibit titled: The Moon: “Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle has Landed.”
The exhibition chronicles man’s fascination with the moon over five centuries.
Ranging from paintings filled with moon dust by Apollo 11 astronaut Allan Bean to Galileo’s 1610 treatise on the moon, the show demonstrates the lure of Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor.
There will be many NASA artifacts to view as well as early scientific instruments, books, moon “globes” and maps.
Also on display will be moonlit landscapes by the Old Masters and the Impressionists to Ansel Adams’ iconic Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1941).
The Moon will be presented September 27, 2009-January 10, 2010 in the Audrey Jones Beck Building. The exhibition was conceived by Dr. Andreas Blühm, director of the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, and is presented in Houston in an expanded version under the direction of the MFAH’s associate curator of European art, Helga Aurisch