Art and the Exploration of Space
Art and the Exploration of Space looks at the development of space art and how that art evolved over time to reflect the realities of aerospace engineering. Also discussed is the influence of science fiction in the portrayal of space exploration. Particular attention is paid to the means by which art has been used to portray space exploration from exploratory, educational, and inspirational perspectives.
An overview of the NASA Art Program is provided and NASA's recognition of the emotional impact of art vs photography is discussed. Space artists whose work is discussed include Chesley Bonestell, Paul Calle, Robert McCall, Henry Casselli, and astronaut-artist Alan Bean. (You can read an interview I did with Alan Bean in An Interview with Space Artist Astronaut Alan Bean
The presentation concludes with an examination of why artists should create space art and what opportunities exist for the space artist.
The length of this presentation is between 40 and 60 minutes.
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