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The Moon Museum (1969): Apollo XII’s Secret Art Mission

"The Moon Museum (1969): Apollo XII’s Secret Art Mission" is a lecture/presentation by Jade Dellinger, Director of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College.

Mr. Dellinger will present a PowerPoint lecture on the little-known Rauschenberg/Experiments in Art & Technology (E.A.T.) project that clandestinely sent and permanently sited original artwork by six artists on the lunar surface in 1969. A postage stamp-sized, paper-thin multiple, the Moon Museum was the brainchild of New York sculptor Forrest “Frosty” Myers. A group of the most significant artists of the time including John Chamberlain, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Bob Rauschenberg joined Myers in contributing individual drawings that engineers at Bell Laboratories transferred (using a then cutting-edge photo-reduction technique developed for micro-circuitry) onto a handful of identical ceramic wafers. The first-ever “Space Art” object, one copy of the Moon Museum multiple was then surreptitiously attached to the Apollo XII lunar landing LEM 6, and has now, consequently, resided on the surface of the Moon for the last forty-five years.

A lecture and mini-exhibition co-organized by the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery with support from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine will allow visitors the rare opportunity to learn about and view in-person one of the few original Moon Museum (1969) ceramic tile multiples.

Remember to bring your passport or driver's license.