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July 20, 2011

Washington, D.C.: NASA’s Art Collection at the Smithsonian

By Departures Dispatch | Arts + Culture


In 1962, four years after NASA was established, the organization's administrator James E. Webb asked a group of artists to interpret the experience of spaceflight. Since then, a lineup of prominent artists, including Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Jamie Wyeth and Annie Leibovitz, has created space-inspired work. Now, just in time for the final liftoff of the Space Shuttle Program, more than 70 of those drawings, photographs, paintings and sculptures have been brought together for "NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration," an exhibition at the National Air and Space museum in Washington, D.C. through October 9. Independence Ave. at 6th St. SW; 202-633-2214; nasm.si.edu.

Photo Courtesy NASA Art Program