This July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing and to coincide with this significant milestone, Geelong Gallery are staging an exhibition The Moon. The exhibition will be on display from 15 June to 1 September, 2019.
Artists from many cultures have been inspired by the Moon, the most prominent feature of our night sky. The exhibition includes historical works created when the Moon could only be viewed from afar, works from the era of the 1960s space race, and contemporary responses informed by the imagery and scientific knowledge acquired through space exploration as well as references from popular culture.
Like the Moon itself can be viewed from multiple vantage points from the Earth, The Moon exhibition will be located throughout the galleries. There will be links to literature, film, music and science will also be explored, highlighting the Moon's capacity to engender creativity and inquiry.
The Moon will be highlighted across five key exhibition themes from Evocations and imaginings, Journeys to the Moon, The light of the Moon, Phases of the Moon and Paper Moon.
Works included in the exhibition will be from a number of national and state institutions including loans from the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Heide Museum of Modern Art, various regional galleries, private collections and Geelong Gallery's own collection.
Evocations and Imaginings brings together historical works of the late 19th and early 20th century in which the Moon casts an atmospheric glow across a landscape or is used as a symbolic device, by artists such as ST Gill, Arthur Streeton, Arthur Loureiro, Godfrey Miller and Charles Blackman. The 1902 film A trip to the Moon by George Méliès' is an early and influential work in the history of cinema which speculates space travel and Moon inhabitants.
In the Journey to the Moon, you can view 1960s NASA photographs in the form of stills. See Michael Light's moving image collage alongside works by Susan Norrie, Rosemary Laing, Mikala Dwyer, Steven Rendall, Catherine Rogers and Damiano Bertoli and watch William Kentridge's animated film, Journey to the Moon.
The two key installations in The Light of the Moon are Katie Paterson's Lightbulb to simulate Moonlight and Louise Weaver's Moonlight becomes you. Paterson's single bulb emits rays approximating the light of a Full Moon, while Weaver presents an entirely new iteration of an earlier work to create an immersive environment in which nocturnal creatures live by Moonlight.
Image supplied by Miranda Brown Publicity.
Works by Janet Dawson, Lesley Dumbrell, Marion Borgelt, Felicity Spear and Luke Parker, among others, are the focus of Phases of the Moon theme. This refers to the constantly changing 'shape' of the Moon as it moves through the lunar cycle and travels across our night sky. The concept of 'phases' or 'time' is extended to the ancient Dreaming stories of our Indigenous people which tell of the creation of the Moon.
The final theme Paper Moon brings together, the diverse array of works across drawing, printmaking and photography which reflect the enduring interest of artists in this subject.
Come and discover more about the celestial body that orbits the Earth at The Moon exhibition at the Geelong Gallery from 15 June to 1 September 2019.