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Exploring Technology: An Artist and an Astronaut Look at the Future

Exploring Technology: An Artist and an Astronaut Look at the Future

May 3-August 31, 2021

Part of the Vermont Curators Group Project: 2020 Vision: Reflecting on a World-Changing Year

For 25 years, Pat Musick, the artist, and Jerry Carr, the astronaut, worked together as a team collaborating on art that advocated an awareness of the fragile nature of our planet. It all began in 1990 when 50 cosmonauts and astronauts were invited to celebrate Earth Day at the United Nations. Six of them were asked to use their native language to describe their first view of Earth from space. The response was stunning. They all said the same thing. They used the same words to describe the same object far beyond them.

It took Pat 25 years to generate the images that would reflect this moment. Jerry assisted in the engineering and fabrication of the work.

The space program was arguably mankind’s most creative effort of the 20th century. Spin-offs from digital computers opened vast new vistas in science and technology. From the lunar rover, which Carr helped design, came the electric wheelchair, and that was just the beginning. Propelled by a superordinate goal—to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade—men and women worked incredible hours with self-sacrificing dedication. Their efforts stand out in history as a model for what can be achieved by such a united spirit. Their work can serve as an example today as the world struggles to thwart a pandemic, redress centuries of discrimination, battle climate change, and bring peace to our fragile home.

Visit Pat's website.

Artist Talk

Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m.

Join artist Pat Musick for a virtual talk and Q&A about her Spotlight Gallery exhibit, Exploring Technology. Audience members are encouraged to submit questions they would like Pat to address beforehand by emailing Content Manager Desmond Peeples at dpeeples@vermontartscouncil.org.

Register on Zoom.

closed captionsClosed captioning will be provided. We will make every effort to provide other accessibility accommodations for requests made by June 3.

 

questionsQuestions regarding accessibility should be addressed to Michele Bailey, 504/ADA coordinator, via email or by calling 802.402.4614. Voice and relay calls welcome.


1. Comfort

Steel, wood, kozo, paper, ink, beeswax, 50 x 45 x 12, 2012.

2. Nurture 3

Clay wash and charcoal on handmade paper, 17.5 x 20, 2009.

3. Rainsongs Set 1

4. Rainsongs Set 2

5. Source of Their Words 1

Kozo paper, acrylic, beeswax, charcoal, 25 x 37, 2009-2010.

6. Source of Their Words 2

Kozo paper, acrylic, beeswax, charcoal, 25 x 37, 2009-2010.

7. Source of Their Words 4

Kozo paper, acrylic, beeswax, charcoal, 25 x 37, 2009-2010.

8. Source of Their Words 5

Kozo paper, acrylic, beeswax, charcoal, 25 x 37, 2009-2010.

9. Sources 2

Kozo paper, clay wash, charcoal, beeswax, 19.5 x 16.5, 2011.

10. Sources 6

Kozo paper, clay wash, charcoal, beeswax, 19.5 x 16.5, 2011.

11. Tablets

Wood, steel, 63 x 24 x 4.

12. The words were all the same

Steel, stone, wood, 74 x 14 x 15, 2014.

13. Thought Streams 4

Reconfigured kozo paper, acrylic, beeswax, stone, steel, 72 x 19 x 4, 2012.

14. Thought Streams

Kozo paper, acrylic, beeswax, stone, steel, 108 x 19 x 4 each.