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The Artist and Space

December 6, 1969 – January 4, 1970
Ground Floor, Central Gallery (4,000 sq. ft.), Gallery G-8

Installation view of The Artist and Space, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: More than 70 paintings, drawings, and sculptures by 47 artists were drawn from the vast number of works produced for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's "Eyewitness to Space" art program. Since 1962 scores of artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Lamar Dodd, Norman Rockwell, Morris Graves, and Jamie Wyeth were invited to visit Cape Kennedy and other launch sites to talk with astronauts or to ride a rescue helicopter to observe the pickup of astronauts. H. Lester Cooke, curator of painting, was the Gallery's advisor to NASA for this project, which was designed to record the Apollo mission to the moon through the artists' eyes rather than on film or tape.

Attendance: 36,101

Brochure: The Artist and Space. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1969.