The Met celebrates moon mission anniversary with new exhibition

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walking on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on 20 July 1969. (AFP pic)

“Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography” will open at the Met Fifth Avenue on July 3 in New York City.

The exhibition will present virtual representations of the moon, dating from the dawn of photography through the present.

It will feature more than 170 lunar photographers, alongside a selection of related drawings, prints, paintings, films and video art.

Fifty years ago, more than half a billion people watched the Apollo 11 space mission that saw Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin walk on the moon. Astronomical instruments and cameras used by Apollo astronauts will also be on show.

“Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography” will trace the progress of astronomical photography through the ages, particularly during the 130-year period between the invention of the medium and the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Highlights of the show include two newly discovered lunar daguerreotypes from the 1840s, which are believed to be the earliest existing photographs of the moon.

An entire photographic atlas of the moon, produced at the Paris Observatory between 1894 and 1908 by astronomers Maurice Loewy and Pierre Puiseux, will also be on view for the first time.

“Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography” will run at the Met Fifth Avenue from July 3 through September 22.

The exhibition will also be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by curators Mia Fineman and Beth Saunders, as well as an introduction by actor and space enthusiast Tom Hanks.