While NASA isn’t taking artists-in-residence any longer, it definitely hasn’t stopped artists from making art about space. In ‘Space Program: Mars’ at the Park Avenue Armory, the artist Tom Sachs and his team imagines and examines the surface of Mars. There have been numerous reviews on it already, by individuals far more qualified than I, so instead I’ll write about my own experience with it.
First off, behold Mission Control.
This one looks like a food truck, but it’s a Mobile Quarantine Facility.
Here is the Biology Lab:
When you glance down to check whether you can step on (or touch) something, there’s always a cheeky sign.
You can get indoctrinated. Seriously! There’s an indoctrination area that requires you to have watched five movies in the film room, and to take written and oral tests, as well as a short task.
When you’re indoctrinated, you can get inside the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM).
There are staff members who go about their business using skateboards and looking as though everything is normal. Quite fun. I’m glad I chose a day to be able to walk through the exhibition instead of watching a performance of it. Examining all the details was interesting, as was exiting the exhibition, which required you to “clean up” via the RISCAR, or the Robert Irwin Scrim Clean Air Room.
Naturally, it had Robert Irwin’s portrait hung close by.
The exhibition runs until June 17th.