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National Gallery of Art with Living Art Collective Ensemble (LACE) with Elisa Monte Dance

  • National Gallery of Art National Gallery of Art West Building, West Garden Court (map)

April 21 at 3:30
West Building, West Garden Court

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon and mankind achieved an extraordinary feat that changed the world. What had once been considered the stuff of science fiction, had become reality. In honor of the 50th anniversary and in anticipation of the exhibition By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs from the 1850s to Apollo 11, LACE, along with Elisa Monte Dance and Twelve45, perform The Lunar Effect. Using three significant photographic milestones as a starting point—the 1860s, 1890s, and 1910s—plus actual photos taken from the moon in 1969, this program takes a musical "deep dive" into the 100 or so years preceding the moon landing, and continues up through the 21st century, showcasing important works from each period. This program brings the human journey full circle and reinforces the connections between the 1860s and today. Even though technological advances have enabled us to reach the moon—and in recent decades have completely connected the globe—there remain cultural and sociopolitical issues from 150 years ago that still challenge our society.