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Coming July 1, 2016: Generations

Voskhod Interior, detailPress Release

Generations: Space Exploration from Inception to Cultural Memory

It will soon be 47 years since humans first set foot on the moon. To commemorate this momentous accomplishment, realist artists James Dean and Kara Hammond bring together their space related works to celebrate the early days of space travel and exploration, in a small, targeted retrospective.

As NASA art director, James Dean escorted the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Jamie Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and Paul Calle to witness history in the making as they created original works for the NASA Art collection. As the former Curator of Art at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, Dean shows his own considerable artistic prowess at capturing the early heady times of space exploration through original on-site sketches and personal photographs of the artists working at Cape Canaveral in the early 1960’s – 70’s.

Established artist Kara Hammond will show her immaculately rendered paintings and drawings from the 1990’s, of early space technology, including many Soviet era craft virtually unknown to the American public until decades later. Her work investigates the implicit beauty of machines built to withstand the most extreme extraterrestrial forces.

Show Opens July 1 and runs through July 31, 2016

Studio 306, third floor

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St.

Alexandria, VA, 22314

The Splashdown Reception will be Sun. July 24 from 1pm to 4pm, to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the return of the Apollo 11 astronauts.


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Preview of Upcoming Show with James Dean

James Dean Poster

Beyond My Grasp, by James Dean, 1988


Venera Landing, 1982

Venera Landing 1982, by Kara Hammond, 1999

Our July show will feature art work for and about the 20th century forays into outer space by an active participant in the artistic chronicles of these historic events (James Dean) and those of an interested observer (myself).

Studio 306, Torpedo Factory Art Center, for the month of July.