Dec 15, 2009 1:11 PM by Bea Karnes

NASA exhibit launches Friday in Colorado Springs

Haven't made it to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.? Good news--it's coming to you!

Well, some of it, at least.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will present NASA ART: 50 Years of Exploration, organized by the Smithsonian and NASA. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through Mar. 7.

Loos for dozens of creations by artists as diverse as Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Nam June Paik, and William Wegman. Also expect an innovative video installation, side exhibits by Colorado Springs legend Eric Bransby and Denver artists Monica Petty Aiello and Vance Kirkland as well as a film series (Forbidden Planet, Deep Space Homer, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more), lectures by astronaut Richard H. Truly, scientist Dr. David Grinspoon and others, music, special Bemis classes and workshops and an educational interpretive space in the galleries.

"Scientists, astronauts, and artists have one important quality in common," said Smithsonian co-curator Bert Ulrich. "All share the inclination to explore, whether by means of scientific investigation, a mission to the moon, or a paint brush. These works of art provide a historical legacy for the public to behold. After all, art is often an important byproduct of any great era of history, including the space age."

The FAC is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's located at 30 West Dale Street in Colorado Springs.

Click here for directions and information on entrance fees.



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