Tom Sachs – “SPACE PROGRAM: MARS” | Exhibition Recap

By - May 18th, 2012

Tom Sachs   SPACE PROGRAM: MARS | Exhibition Recap

Tom Sachs“Space Program: Mars” exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory bills itself as an “immersive space odyssey with an installation of dynamic and meticulously crafted sculptures.” Sachs and his thirteen-member crew — outfitted in pieces from the NIKECraft collection — will stage regular demonstrations of the maintenance of their extraterrestrial mission, beginning with the liftoff to Mars and culminating in a research excursion on the surface of the red planet. In between, the team will deal with myriad tasks ranging from food delivery, entertainment, agriculture and waste disposal. The exhibition raises questions that relate to production and consumption, as well as exploration and creativity. “Space Program: Mars” will run until June 17th. The Tom Sachs NIKECraft collection be sold in an adjoining pop-up installation.

Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue | Map
New York, NY 10065
TEL #: 212-616-3930

Exhibition Dates: Now June 17th, 2012 (Saturday)

Tom Sachs   SPACE PROGRAM: MARS | Exhibition Recap


THURSDAYS – May 24, May 31, June 7 – 8PM

Sachs and his studio team will conduct three, ninety-minute demonstrations of the SPACE PROGRAM: MARS “Flight Plan.” During these events, civilian witnesses will observe the activation of complex sculptural systems, rituals, and narratives that comprise the mission to Mars.

SATURDAY – June 16 – 12PM

On June 16, 2012, Sachs and his studio team will conduct a real-time Endurance Demonstration of the SPACE PROGRAM: MARS Flight Plan. This singular event provides civilians the extraordinary opportunity to see SPACE PROGRAM: MARS in its entirety, as the team activates every single sculptural system, ritual, and narrative of the journey from Earth to Mars and back again.

The demonstration begins at 12 noon and continues well into the evening. Admission is available throughout the day, and civilians can come and go as they like. Access to the installation will be reserved to special viewing areas. Due to capacity limitations, civilians can anticipate a wait in line for entry, and reentry is not guaranteed. Admission and reentry will close at 11PM.

Tickets: $15 / $12 Students, Seniors, Park Avenue Armory and Creative Time members


FRIDAY – June 1 – 7PM

Join Tom Sachs for an informal discussion with SPACE PROGRAM: MARS co-curators Anne Pasternak and Kristy Edmunds about his artistic process, collaborations, and the inspiration behind his ongoing SPACE PROGRAM project.

Tickets: $10 / $8 Students, Seniors, Park Avenue Armory and Creative Time members


SATURDAY – May 26 – 11AM

Adam Steltzner, the Phase Lead and Development Manager of Entry, Descent and Landing for the Mars Science Laboratory Project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), will join Tom Sachs in conversation about all things Mars.

SATURDAY – June 16 – 11AM

Join scientists Gregg Vane, Kevin Hand, and Tommaso Rivellini in a conversation about Mars exploration with Tom Sachs, moderated by writer Lawrence Weschler, in which Vane, Hand, and Rivellini will also share their experiences working in the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Tickets: $10 / $8 Students, Seniors, Park Avenue Armory and Creative Time members

WEEKEND FAMILY PROGRAMMING: Life on Mars: Imagining the Incredible

SATURDAYS – June 2, 9 – 10AM
SUNDAY – June 3 – 10AM

Families with children are invited to join educational workshops led by members of the Armory Artist Corps during which they will be able to create their own personal journey to outer space in response to the installation. Art-making stations along the way will provide a souvenir of the journey. Recommended for families with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

$5 Materials fee per participant / FREE Park Avenue Armory and Creative Time members

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