Closing Art Reception: Man on the Moon
Sun, August 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This summer, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing with “Man on the Moon,” an interactive art and photography exhibit, as well as several special events. At the center of the exhibit will be dramatic large-format historical images from NASA that powerfully convey the significance of the Apollo 11 mission when American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon’s surface. Additional art pieces, interactive activities and special events add to the scope of the celebration, which has been designed to reflect the event’s historical significance and highlight the tremendous science and technology challenges required for space travel. The “Man on the Moon” exhibit, which officially opens Wednesday, July 10, 2019, will be free and open to the public through August 25, 2019.
The first event for the anniversary took place the evening before the official exhibit opening. On Tuesday evening July 9, Tri-Valley Stargazers Astronomy Club held a “Moon Gazing” on the Bankhead Plaza from 7:00 to 9:00pm with several telescopes set up to offer a view of the moon (weather permitting). Visitors visited the Gallery to preview the exhibit that evening. Although the Moon Gazing event began at 7:00pm, the view of the moon became increasingly distinct as the sky darkened into the evening. A second “Moon Gazing” event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6. Both events have been scheduled for evenings when the moon is expected to be most visible and the second event also coincides with the presence of the planet Saturn in the night sky.
The Commemoration Art Reception for “Man on the Moon” was held on the official 50th Anniversary of the lunar landing. Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969 and the reception was held at the Bankhead on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00pm. The free family-friendly event featured an Apollo 11 scale model of the flight using LED animation. In addition, attendees were able to use a flight simulator to try their hand at piloting the Landing Module to a safe resting spot. In addition a solar telescope, which provides a safe view of the sun during daylight, was set up by the Tri-Valley Stargazers Astronomy Club on the plaza during the event. Beverages and light refreshments were served, including space and moon-themed snacks.
The exhibit is free and open to the public on Mondays through Wednesdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm, Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm (except 8/3 and 8/24), and for ticketed patrons during performances, in addition to during the special events.
This project made possible by a grant from the Lawrence Livermore National Security and our sponsors: Loretta and Jeff Kaskey, Jean King, Ken Ball Illustration, the Wente Foundation, Livermore Cultural Arts Council, MoonPans, Way Up Art & Frame, Studio Blue, Tap Plastics, Dan Sands, Alan Burnham and Monya Lane. Supported in part by a grant from the City of Livermore’s Commission for the Arts.
Thank you to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and National Geographic for permission to use images.
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond including performances, art exhibits, cultural events, and educational outreach. The Bankhead Theater, together with the Bothwell Arts Center, are home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.