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Legends of the Moon: exhibition with the Lunar Codex

December 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A physical,contemporary exhibition of artwork from over 20 artists that will be digitally catalogued and sent to the moon in a time capsule.

Welcome to the magical, moonlit exhibition that is bound for space: Legends of the Moon!

Preview and purchase the works in this show at www.eracontemporary.com .

See the collection of artwork from over 20 contemporary artists, which will all be available for collectors to purchase the originals as a piece of history. Light food and drinks will be served! Wander through the gardens at the Tyler Arboretum and enjoy fire pits , adjacent to the exhibition provided by the Arboretum. Listen to the ethereal sounds of live harpist Joanna Marini Dindinger as she transmutes moon themed songs through her angelic strings, like Moon River and Moonlight Sonata. Take pictures in front of the artistic moonlit indoor backdrop for photos, and meet the artists who created the work!

This exhibition will also be featured in Beautiful Bizarre.

Era Contemporary is proud to present Legends of the Moon exhibition of artworks. The works selected for inclusion in Legends of the Moon will be included in the Lunar Codex: Polaris mission.

The moon has enchanted humanity for ages, and the myths, legends and literature that have grown out of its nightly beauty have lasted for thousands of years, told around campfires by our ancestors and now shared through art, books, and film. Artists let their imagination run wild with possibilities the herald back to the dawn of civilization all the way up until the present day.

The selected works will be catalogued and included in the Lunar Codex, as well as exhibited in person at Era Contemporary. The U.S.’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a plan, the Artemis Program, to land humans back on the Moon in 2025, for the first time in over 50 years.

The artists in the exhibition include:

Alayne Sahar, Alexandra Leonetti, April Edwards, Arthur Haywood, Benji Alexander Palus, Catherine Twomey, Cecelia Cox, Chantal Boso, Danielle Rackowski, David D’Ostilio, Dylan Albertson, Elizabeth Moore, Erik Koeppel, Fred Wessel, Gabrielle Tito, Heejoo Vallve, J. Adam Davis, Jenny Brown, Jessica Libor, Joanne Chase-Mattillo, Jodie Kain, JuliAnne Jonker, Kerry Dunn, Leah Mitchell, Megan Schaugaard, Melissa Ruffino, Paul D. Fuentes, Paula Cahill, Rochelle Dalida, and Sarah Soward.

In preparation, NASA will send scientific instruments to the Moon, over 2022 to 2024, via Commercial Lunar Payload Service (CLPS) partners, such as Astrobotic Technologies and Intuitive Machines. Their lunar landers will launch as payloads of commercial rocket platforms by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) or SpaceX.

Along with NASA instruments, these missions will carry commercial payloads, including the three time capsules that make up The Lunar Codex.

This will be the first significant placement of contemporary arts on the Moon in 50 years. While focused on visual art, the Lunar Codex also includes a substantial collection of contemporary books, stories, poetry, films, music, essays, and more.

“The Polaris Collection” is our payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission, landing in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole. Legends of the Moon will be on this mission.

As an arts and culture project, The Lunar Codex has been called the most expansive, international, and diverse collection of contemporary culture launched to the Moon. Significantly, it is the first project to launch the works of women artists to the lunar surface. It is also the first project, to our knowledge, to place film and music on the Moon.

The Lunar Codex represents creative work from Canada, the U.S., China, India, the E.U., Australia, the U.K., and indeed from 89 countries and territories from Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Oceania and Asia — firsts on the Moon for many of these countries.

“Our hope is that future travelers who find these time capsules will discover some of the richness of our world today… It speaks to the idea that, despite wars and pandemics and climate upheaval, humankind found time to dream, time to create art.”

– Samuel Peralta, director of the Lunar Codex

Banner image: “Witching Hour” by Paul D. Fuentes, included in the exhibit.

About the Curator:

Jessica Libor is an artist, curator and educator from Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been featured on PBS WHYY, won numerous awards, and has been featured in American Art Collector, Beautiful Bizarre, Create! Magazine and many more. She is the host of the Inspired Painter podcast, and her work is about the metaphysical connection of the feminine spirit with nature, interpreted through the lens of fairy tales. Learn more at www.jessicalibor.com.


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